Welcome to day 2 in Armchair BEA. Did everyone have a crazy day yesterday? I literally didn’t leave my computer apart from getting food, drinks, going to the bathroom and then picking up my son at the bus stop.
Today’s topic is:
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 think one of the best things about being a reader or blogger is being able to interact with authors both in real life and online. We all want to have some kind of connection with the author and the book.
I don’t ever recall a time when I met an author were I was in total shock of meeting them. I have always gone in with the mentality of they are human too. They do the same things I do. I don’t know if that’s because I hold authors in a different light then I do with celebrities. Perhaps I have met more authors then celebrities. I don’t know. Does that make sense?
Living in Canada especially Quebec we don’t get alot of the big name authors like Toronto does which is really crap because Toronto gets some totally amazing ones especially as of late but when they do come I try to get out to attend along with some local bloggers I know.
I usually don’t have a lot of fan girl moments during my blogging years but I have to tell you I still get very excited when an author leaves me a comment on a post or quickly sends me an email. I mean how can you not get excited? The author has not only visited your blog but they took the time out to comment or email as well. How thrilling is that?
The only other time I have literally squealed with delight was when I went to the Lesley Livingston signing (click on this text to see my write up) and we were talking and she made the comment about knowing my blog. To actually hear an author say that to me was so well worth blogging. It just goes to show you never know who is watching you.
I think the only tip I can truly offer you the reader is authors are human. They eat, sleep, watch tv, read, listen to music etc. They are just like you and I. There is no need to fear them, they don’t bite at least I don’t think they do 🙂 and alot of the time you will be surprised at how approachable they really are. They love talking to their readers.