Letâ€™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.
Yeah, so here’s the thing.Â I don’t want to talk to authors in real life.
It isn’t (entirely) because I’m antisocial.Â I just can’t think of anything that I would want to say to them.Â I’m sure they are nice people but whenever I think of talking to someone who lots of other people want to talk to I can’t think of anything remotely interesting to ask.Â I just envision mobs of people wanting to ask me questions (which is my real life actually) and it makes me want to go home and lie down.Â I start to feel sorry for the authors so I don’t want to bother them.
That’s the introvert in me coming out.
I have two almost meeting people in real life stories.Â I went to a reading by Jennifer Chiaverini.Â I bought the book.Â Then afterwards I looked at the long line and figured I could be home by the time I got to the front to get it signed.Â Yep, I’m a party animal.
Another time I was in the same building with James Marsters.Â I loved him on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and I love his audiobook performances.Â I’ve listened to a whole series just because he was narrating.Â He does most of the Dresden File books too and they are wonderful.
Did I go to his signing or to get a picture with him?Â Nope.Â I took a picture from a distance -Yay for superzoom cameras – and left.Â I couldn’t think of anything I really needed to say to him or that he really needed to hear from me.Â It wasn’t like I had a message from God for him.Â And, it turns out that he is fairly little and if I got my picture taken with him I was going to look like a whale because no one thinks he is that small and I wasn’t going to be happy with that.
Seriously, if you are in any way introverted you have to read Quiet:Â The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.Â You will embrace your solitary ways like never before.
I do follow some authors’ blogs but I have a horrible secret about that too.Â I don’t read their books.Â I’ve followed some for years.Â I love the blogs.Â But as much as I like the blogs I don’t like these particular author’s books.Â I’ve tried.Â I feel like I should like them.Â It is a bad feeling.
There is one exception though.Â I had followed Rachael Lucas’ blog for a long time.Â We both had totally different lives when I started following her.Â Then she wrote a book.Â I didn’t read it because of my horrible track record.Â Eventually I got a copy on a day it was free on Amazon and figured I had nothing to lose.Â How’s that for confidence?Â It was really good!Â It is called Sealed With A Kiss.