Today’s question for Armchair BEA is about authors and our interaction with them.
One evening several years ago, I was checking out my blog and came across a comment that appeared to have been made by the author. I was flummoxed because I was convinced someone was pretending to be the author of CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese. Low and behold, it really was Abraham Verghese. This was when his CUTTING FOR STONE was just out in hard cover. It had not been “discovered” at that time. Such a positive and gentlemanly comment. Over the years we have become friends, first through email and social media, then meeting at the Miami Book Fair and having lunch. CUTTING FOR STONE was my first blog post. You can imagine how exciting it was to meet the author.
Over the years I have met many authors whose books I’ve blogged about and gone on to support. It’s the highlight of my professional life. Nothing is more rewarding to me than finding a new author who I feel has that potential to become one of the great ones. I have had that privilege on several occasions. It never ceases to amaze me!