"A self-leader cries for no followers by himself. He does his thing and people get to know him, chase him and learn from him." -- Israelmore Ayivor
So it is for many authors. They have something to say ... a story to tell ... they risk telling it and hope that we will listen.
I've been in search of and chasing great authors my entire life. I owe that curiosity to two people - a woman whose name I never knew and James Hilton. They introduced me to literature for, in our house, there were no books.