"In fact, if you wanted to make a cheery person with no predisposition to depression depressed, you could stick him in front of a typewriter or computer for hours a day--feed him a typical writer's diet--forbid him to exercise, isolate him from friends, and convince him that his personal worth depended on his "numbers." Make him live the writer's life, in other words, and watch him sag." - Elizabeth Moon
And it doesn't have to be that you read their work. Recently an author friend of mine told me, in front of a Facebook group, that I'm truly an inspiration to him - WOW! just to be considered such is a priceless honor and had me "glowing" for hours! The thought of being inspiring to him still has me smiling!
So maybe you admire an author for their professionalism, for their successes, for their support of fellow authors - it can be many things. Let them know! Thank them for being in your life.
I want to say to all of you reading this blog post - thank you for your support, your following, and more importantly your friendship.
For other ways to support your fellow authors, see this post.