The Tale of a Constant Reader

The Desert Muses is thrilled to announce our March guest blogger. Please help me welcome writer and freelance artist Vanessa Peters.

“The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.” –Stephen King 

Before I ever considered myself a writer, I was a Constant Reader.

My love of books began at a fairly young age, as my parents instilled in me a love of books early on.  Good behavior was rewarded by a trip to the bookstore, where I would be able to pick out a book all on my own.  I think back on those days as one of my happiest childhood memories.  But my birth as a Constant Reader began at the age of around eleven or twelve.  At that age my reading was fairly advanced and once I became bored with my own books, I decided to take one from my mother’s shelf.  It was the hard cover edition of Stephen King’s “It”.


While I’d enjoyed many books prior to this, it was not until after I’d read my first novel by Stephen King that I was truly enthralled by a novel (and not to mention scared so bad I was afraid to walk to the bathroom in the dark late at night).  I wanted to make everyone I knew read it so they could experience the same amazing journey.   I became so enamored by this author’s storytelling that I had to read any and everything he wrote, ultimately becoming a true Stephen King Constant Reader.

Constant Reader?  You may ask.  There is much debate as to the true origins of the term, many point to author Dorothy Parker as coining the phrase.  Mr. King, however, has become well known for (among other things) addressing his readers, both in and out of his books, as “Constant Reader”.  It is a term, those that are tried and true King fans, fondly refer to themselves as.  And I can unabashedly say I will consider myself as such for the rest of my days.

“All right I think we’ve been down here in the dark long enough. There’s a whole other world upstairs. Take my hand Constant Reader and I’ll be happy to lead you back into the sunshine. I’m happy to go there because I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It’s you I’m not entirely sure of.” ― Stephen King, Full Dark, No Stars

And while I could go on and wax poetic on the great works by Stephen King, I will instead tell you that I would never have become a writer if it were not for his novels.  They showed me the wonders of creating a world and a story so vivid that your reader will forever carry its images with them.  I have had this experience with other authors over the years.  All of which have worked to shape me and my writing style from their different works.  But it was Mr. King who was the first.  He unknowingly set the mold which showed me what I want to be…a writer.




Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa is a writer and freelance artist of Puerto Rican descent.  Her art captures her vision of the world around her.  Her art also personifies the human longing -that missing piece that often eludes us in love, friendship, knowledge and creativity.  As a writer Vanessa pens stories with characters that reflect the diversity of couples and love in America.  Vanessa is currently working on her first novel, a multicultural romance set in New York.

To learn more about Vanessa, you may visit her website, or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.


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