Armchair BEA week rolls on! Links to daily topics, Armchair BEA Headquarters, my GIVEAWAY, and more are on the sidebar.
Today the topics to choose from were “author interactions” and “more than just words.” The latter focuses on the many mediums used to enhance storytelling, such as audiobooks, graphic novels, and so on. I chose not to delve into that, since I know little about it, but if this is of great interest to you, then be sure to visit the bloggers who will be talking about it.
“Author Interaction” is a subject that has a dual meaning for me. Obviously I am an author, and nothing delights me more than interacting with my readers. NOTHING! This is the first aspect of “author interaction” that pops into my mind.
Communications with readers are often one-sided, such as via a posted review or comment about my novels on a social media site or blog or forum unconnected to me. In those cases I relish the warmth of satisfying a reader, but usually cannot respond. Most of my “interactions” with readers are more direct. An email to me, a post on my Facebook page, a message sent, a tweet… In those instances I am at liberty to reply, and I always do! Over the course of time I have established friendships with fans, some of them quite close. Names have become familiar to me, and I instantly smile when I see them.
On a number of occasions I have been blessed to meet Darcy Saga fans face-to-face. Whether a surprise or a planned encounter, these are very, very dear to me. Below are a mere few of those I was lucky enough to snap a picture of. Sadly, most of the time I was unable to record the meeting in a permanent format other than the sweet memory inside.
The second aspect of “author interaction” are my introductions to other authors. Above all, I am a reader. As such, the concept of meeting an author I love is a true squee-worthy one! Admittedly, many of my all-time favorite authors are either dead (JRR Tolkien, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jane Austen) or beyond the circles I hang out with (David Eddings, Ken Follett, Raymond Feist), so my odds of meeting them are next to nil. LOL!
Nevertheless, I am fortunate to attend functions where romance authors collect, and since I adore reading romance, I have run into a number of authors who switched on the fan-girl inside. Just look at me in a daze when Nalini Singh came to my table and asked for a signed book! If not for my daughter, I never would have had the nerve to approach Eloisa James, and I can add Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Dr. Juliet McMaster, Barbara Vey, and Sherrilyn Kenyon to the list of awesome authors and notable persons I’ve met.
Quite a large number of authors met along the way are now my friends, and some of them will be guests on my blog in the months to come! My close author pals are vital to my life and career, and I dearly love all of them. As an author, connections to others in the industry is a must, and fortunately the romance community is the BEST!
Hopefully I will someday get the chance to chat with David Eddings. But if given the choice to do that over any of the experiences I have thus far had, I wouldn’t change a thing.
In conclusion, trust me when I tell you that reaching out to an author you appreciate–in any way–is SO worth the effort. We love to hear from satisfied readers! So while it may seem like an embarrassment or bother, it isn’t. We thrive on your feedback!
Share your author interactions with me. Then be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win for participating on my blog this week.