One day I was standing in Books-A-Million with my husband. I picked up a copy of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, which I’d wanted to buy for a while. On a whim, I took a picture of myself holding it and tweeted it to her. Seconds later, I had a response–straight from Kiersten herself! “Hey, you look really hot holding that book,” she said. “Thanks for buying it!”
When a friend of mine discovered I was listed right below Beth Revis on the Decatur Book Festival website, I totally freaked out and tweeted about it, including Beth in the tweet. I don’t remember what I said, but it was something ridiculous and fangirl-y. I mean, this is the author of Across The Universe! Again, seconds later, I had a reply from Beth. “That’s so cool!” she said.
Yeah…cool for me. I don’t know if being next to MY name is cool for her, though!
Cara Lynn Shultz and I have had many entertaining chats over Facebook and Twitter. Just today, we tweeted back and forth about the Smurfs and how creepy they were. When her publicist ran out of ARCs for her book Spellbound, she mailed me one of her own copies (signed, natch) for a giveaway I held on my blog–and in the envelope was a handwritten thank-you note to me. “Thanks for giving my book away on your website,” it said. “You rock!”
A couple weeks ago, after (finally) reading Divergent, I emailed Veronica Roth to tell her how much I’d enjoyed it. She wrote me back THE NEXT DAY and thanked me for my encouragement and support. Then she wished me well with the novel I’m going on sub with this fall.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. I’d say that 98% of all the authors I’ve tweeted, Facebooked, or emailed have replied to me–and not just replied, but taken the time to be kind and funny and encouraging.
How many movie stars do that for their fans? How many rock stars?
Not many. And that’s why, in my humble opinion, authors make the best celebrities ever.