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.
Yeah, so here’s the thing. I don’t want to talk to authors in real life.
It isn’t (entirely) because I’m antisocial. I just can’t think of anything that I would want to say to them. 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. 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. 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. I went to a reading by Jennifer Chiaverini. I bought the book. 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. Yep, I’m a party animal.
Another time I was in the same building with James Marsters. I loved him on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and I love his audiobook performances. I’ve listened to a whole series just because he was narrating. 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? Nope. I took a picture from a distance -Yay for superzoom cameras – and left. I couldn’t think of anything I really needed to say to him or that he really needed to hear from me. It wasn’t like I had a message from God for him. 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: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. You will embrace your solitary ways like never before.
I do follow some authors’ blogs but I have a horrible secret about that too. I don’t read their books. I’ve followed some for years. I love the blogs. But as much as I like the blogs I don’t like these particular author’s books. I’ve tried. I feel like I should like them. It is a bad feeling.
There is one exception though. I had followed Rachael Lucas’ blog for a long time. We both had totally different lives when I started following her. Then she wrote a book. I didn’t read it because of my horrible track record. Eventually I got a copy on a day it was free on Amazon and figured I had nothing to lose. How’s that for confidence? It was really good! It is called Sealed With A Kiss.