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Friday, February 09, 2018

Book Blogger Hop--Have you met any authors? If so, who have you met and where?


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Guidelines: Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers and receive new followers on your own blog.

This week's question: Have you met any authors? If so, who have you met and where?

I've met dozens of authors over the years at Romance Writers of America regional conferences in Seattle, at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas, at regional and national SCBWI conferences, and at our local RWA's conference, the Inland Empire chapter (located in Spokane, WA).


Once at a SCBWI conference in Bellevue, Washington, I struck up a conversation with Jay Asher, who'd recently published 13 Reasons Why. He was standing by himself, looking shy and a bit nervous. I asked him about his next book and he told me about his plans. 

Later my friend leaned into me, whispering that it was a ballsy thing for me to do. He was (and still is) a big name in YA fiction. Authors are still human, but it seems like the bigger their name, the more frightened us mere mortals are of talking to them.


Another time, our local RWA chapter (IECRWA, Spokane, WA) invited Nora Roberts, who was on a multi-city book tour, to eat dinner with us. The very gracious lady went around the room meeting each (about 20) of us. She wanted to know our names. When she met me, she looked into my eyes and held my hand for an uncomfortably long time (in my estimation).

But I'm not complaining. I was very happy to meet her and, during dinner, to be entertained by some of her funny publishing stories.





15 comments:

  1. How awesome! I haven't met that many authors face to face, but that might be because I never leave home. *sigh* But hey, I rub shoulders with a number of amazing authors all the time online. I can't wait for the day when I can meet many of them face to face.

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  2. And you will meet them, Crystal. You are so talented!

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  3. Those sound like very lovely meetings.

    Thanks for sharing your stories.

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  4. Cool! You got to meet Nora Roberts! I wish I met Nora Roberts!

    Here’s my Book Blogger Hop!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  5. I've met my Blogger Buddy Arlee Bird whilst I was in the US some years ago. He made me very welcome and had a wonderful day.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I think it would be a lot of fun to meet our blogging friends, and definitely you and Arlee.

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  6. How lucky to meet so many authors. I'm impressed that you met Jay Asher and Nora Roberts.

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    1. I'm just beginning to appreciate (rather than take for granted) the contribution that writers and their books make to the world.

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  7. AWESOME!! You are VERY LUCKY indeed to have all of these regional conferences you can attend!

    I'm not that familiar with Asher, although I know I've seen his book "13 Reasons Why" somewhere online. I'll have to look him up on Goodreads.

    And OMG!! You've met Nora Roberts?! She's one of my favorite authors!! I'm turning a slight shade of green....lol. I would LOVE to meet her! I would probably be tongue-tied if I did, though. Lol.

    Thanks for sharing! Thanks as well for commenting on my BBH post!! <3 :)

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    1. Nora is a force of nature, to be sure.

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  8. I'm excited to learn about the Book Blogger Hop - perhaps I can take part in the near future.

    I bought Asher's book when it was first released, but I have not yet had the courage to read it.

    I wish I were as outgoing as you at conferences. I tend to stand back, hug the wall, and observe what is going on around me. This is something I need to work on...

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    1. I hope to see you on BBH sometime soon.
      You frequently talk about your shy behavior, but somehow I have never sensed that you are shy, given your blogging and Instagram and now YouTube activity.

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