The Armchair BEA team says: Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.
I’ve actually never met an author.
And, despite how accessible most authors have become, I haven’t had much interaction online either.
I love following authors on Twitter and just seeing what they have to say… not about their books, necessarily, but about anything. I still feel really awkward on those rare occasions when I contact an author (even if it’s just responding to a question that they asked their followers). I don’t know how I’d do if I met one in real life. Probably not well.
Of course, I’m using the term “author” here, when quite a few people I talk to online are authors… but they aren’t authors whose books I’ve read, or we connected before they became published. And you’d think that those kinds of relationships would teach me that “authors” (going back to my original usage of the term, the ones who are like celebrities in my mind) are just regular people too. But it’s still different. Not because the authors I talk to aren’t famous, but because their being authors and my being a reader isn’t the basis of our relationship.
But when it comes to the “authors”… honestly, I just like getting a peek into that world; I don’t need to be a part of it. I just sit back and enjoy things like this:
What other bloggers are saying:
Do you have any favorite author moments?