I'm actually really worried about posting this topic; I feel I am going to come across as extremely arrogant, as this thread really relates to what could possibly happen if I were to write a book, get someone interested in it, get it published, and then it go on to be a success. Don't get me wrong, I don't flatter myself that anything I could write would ever become successful, but even thoughts about it happening scare me a little. Does that sound weird? See, I have wanted to be an author for so long, and I actually do have what I feel is a decent concept for a book, but I find myself too scared to write it because I fear how much my life could change if it ends up being good. I feel like such an idiot typing this, but this is a real, genuine fear I have. So, I am asking you guys, if there are any of you that have been published and your work has been a success, has it changed your life? Are you able to maintain normality and go about your life as normal? I mean, I'm not even sure how much attention and publicity hugely successful authors get - people like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. Are authors generally left alone when it comes to the spotlight?