In the last week I have had contact with three authors. This is something I never expected when I started blogging, and has really added to the experience.
The first was when Caroline Rance commented on my review of her debut novel, Kill-Grief. This was the first time an author has ever commented on my review of their book. Caroline then went on to answer my questions about her research technique and then to blog about me!
It was so nice to meet an author who was so willing to answer my questions and join in the blogging experience.
Remember: There is still time to enter my competition to win a copy of Kill-Grief.
The next time I encountered an author was when Sam Taylor commented on my Who is going to be on the Man Booker Longlist 2009? post. I had predicted that his book, The Island at the End of the World, would make the Booker long list this year. Unfortunately it didn’t make it onto the list, but he appreciated my prediction and offered to send me a signed copy of his book. I’m really looking forward to reading it and am so happy to have had contact with him.
The final encounter was very different. I noticed that Emma Darwin’s blog had linked to me, so went to investigate. I discovered that she had seen my not-so-positive review of her book, A Secret Alchemy, and written a post about the difficulties of voicing historical fiction characters. I was very impressed by her response and wish that all authors displayed the humility that she did. It is a timely reminder that authors may well read your reviews, good or bad, so it is important that you write all reviews with this in mind.
Have you had any encounters with authors?
Which author has impressed you the most in their interactions with bloggers?