Friday, May 22, 2009

Some Authors Write More Than Books

Being the true bibliophile that I am, I have learned how to properly stalk my favorite authors. It usually starts when I have read a book I like, then try to find out more about them. A quick Google search often reveals websites that some publicist has built in their honor. But there are some authors out there, are a little more accessible and have real life blogs. I am thrilled when they reveal bits and pieces of their daily lives.

One of my all time favorite authors to stalk is Meg Cabot. Meg Cabot is not just the author of the Princess Diary series, but also several Chick Lit book for adults.

Like Queen of Babble and the Size Twelve Is Not Fat, the Heather Wells series. If you are not familiar with them, then check them out. Fun, fluffy way to spend the afternoon. In the meantime, check out her blog. I think I want to be Meg Cabot when I grow up. She is lives in Key West, lives close to Judy Blume, and gets to write all day. Her blog is fun & fresh. She writes about current events, pop culture, and what life is like as a Bestselling Author. She updates frequently & you never know what she is going to say!

I have recently posted my obsession with Jen Lancaster. I was thrilled with Pretty in Plaid. Check it out! She even updated today!

Jane Green has been one of my favorite authors for a while now. I absolutely loved

Bookends. Actually I loved all of her books. If you start with her early books and work your way through them in order (although it is not necessary to do so) you can see how Jane Green has truly written what she knows. The books start out about young women trying to find love & happiness in London. Then they start to be about married women having issues. And in To Have And To Hold her character moves to the States from London (as does Jane Green) and the rest of her books have been set in the States.
Jane Green is another one that updates regularly. Her blog is all about being a mom while being a famous author in Connecticut.

Kristin Hannah's blog confirms what I have learned through her books, she would be a really cool friend to have. Especially for a book club. She comes across as a calming presence with lots of hidden thoughts below the surface. I am currently listening to Firefly Lane on Audio book and I love to "hang out" with the woman that created Kate & Tully.

Like Jen Lancaster, there is another blogger that I "stalk" because his blog was developed into a book. Waiter Rant
I am not really in the food service industry (unless you count the B&N Cafe) but I find the "behind the scenes" stuff fascinating. In any industry. And The Waiter did such an excellent job with his book, it was one of my favorites of 2008. He is a dedicated blogger & will share all sorts of details with his readers. He let it slip a while ago that his story is being developed into a sitcom. I can't wait to see how it plays out.

Finally there is Charlaine Harris. Charlaine Harris has exploded into Superstar status recently with the HBO series True Blood, based off of her Sookie Stackhouse series. Now I hate to brag, but I have been a fan of Charlaine Harris long before Anna Paquin even knew who she was. I don't even remember when I discovered her & started reading her books, I just remember always waiting for the next one to come out. I have even had the opportunity to meet her once. She was in KC for her daughter's softball tournament & stopped in the store to do a "stock signing". A stock signing is when there isn't an official book signing, but for whatever reason an author stops in to sign all of his/her books that we have in stock. She was super nice & dressed like your typical Sports Mom. One of the things I enjoy about her blog is the fact that it is obvious Charlaine Harris is an avid reader herself. I get great thrill out of knowing a World Class, Bestsellig author reads the same kind of books that I do.

There you have it. I have an entire "favorites" folder dedicated to authors. Some haven't been updated in years. Some, like Jodi Picoult & Jane Green, even have message boards on their websites. My favorites, though, are the ones that have dedicated, current blogs. They have earned my loyalty & I will continue following their careers.


Lisa Mandina said...

I followed Meg Cabot on Twitted and she clicks to follow everyone too, so that is cool. Rick Riordan has a cool blog too. I also have emailed Shane Bolks who wrote a couple of my fave chick lit books, and she emailed me back. Also the guy who wrote Zombie Blondes saw my review on facebook through goodreads and friended me, Brian James . I just started the Sookie books, I'd like to get through the first two before the next True Blood season starts.

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