Before jumping into the deep end of Twitter, I didn’t have much personal interaction with authors. What if I met one and said the wrong thing or couldn’t speak at all? What if I mustered up the courage to speak and they were jerks? These fears kept me from many a reading and book signing. But one thing brought me out of my shell: TWILIGHT.
Now I have not come to bury TWILIGHT, but to praise it (sorry, Shakespeare). Say what you will, those novels excited readers like nothing anyone had ever seen. When Stephenie Meyer came to Kansas City right as THE HOST was being published, you would’ve thought the hottest, most boy-bandingest group ever was in town. Hundreds of rabid readers shrieked and screamed and applauded and stomped their feet in appreciation. The excited buzz as my niece and I waited in line for the book signing was pretty cool. I had to push my niece forward she was so nervous, and in being supportive of her, I forgot my own insecurities. I was able to greet Stephenie (she said that, “please call me Stephenie”), ask her to sign my favorite book of the series, Eclipse, and tell her how much my friends and family loved discussing her books.
After that positive experience, I jumped at every chance I could to meet authors in person. Jennifer Brown, Gennifer Albin, Julie Murphy, Kelsey Macke, Jennifer Mathieu, and Jenny Martin were all amazingly sweet, and some of them said they knew me from Twitter. EEEP.
[sidenote: I’ve met a lot of authors named some variation of Jennifer.]
Speaking of Twitter, authors that I routinely squee over occasionally respond:
@writersrepublic THANK YOU.—
Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) March 24, 2013
Twitter brought amazing writers into my life who subsequently got agents and book deals and self-published and birthed their book babies out into the world and before you knew it, I was counting these authors among my friends. I’m so proud of them and it’s been nice seeing they haven’t let fame go to their heads. 😀
So thanks to all the authors I’ve meet for being generous and supportive and all-around cool people. I’m so glad I’m not scared of you anymore!