I am on Facebook a lot...I mean, *a lot*! I love "like"-ing pages that I'm interested in...on books, writing, parenting. So, when I saw that author's were beginning to have Facebook pages too, I wanted to see if I was intertested in "like"-ing them, too. But much to my regret, I noticed that most of the authors weren't really "writing" on their walls - it was mostly, as I could tell, publicity from the publisher or, maybe, their publicity people?
But I did notice three authors that actually interact with their readers on Facebook. That was *exactly* what I was looking for! They were sharing...and that is the most "human" element that I started falling in love with. I like that these authors share their lives with their fans, readers, and, at least to me, seem that they are actually writing it themselves.
Here are the three I am talking about...Kudos to all of you, Elizabeth, Sarah & Jael!
"Elizabeth Berg's gift as a storyteller lies most profoundly in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday."
(The Boston Globe)
Ms. Berg looks and feels like a person I would want to be friends with! Other than loving her books, even though I've only read one (!), she avidly writes on her Facebook page and updates her website. I love the feel of her website. Not only does she list the books she has written, she tells you what made her write them. If you head over to her "Fun Things" tab, there's recipes, snippets about her dear-to-her-heart girlfriends, her blog, photos...all kinds of stuff. Check her out at the link above and if you have Facebook, "like" her. You won't be disappointed by this fabulous writer.
Luanne Rice calls Sarah Addison Allen's books "tender and enchanting;"
Booklist calls them "spellbindingly charming."
I have never read any of Sarah Addison Allen's books, regretfully so. Her newest novel, The Peach Keeper, is on my TBR list for the summer, though! But, from what I do see, Sarah is so down-to-earth! Someone you want to root for and rightfully so. Sarah's is a survivor - breast cancer survivor - and she shows her true self in each Facebook post. It is refreshing to see that someone who is "just like us" out there, writing, surviving hardships, and making it. She was very candid about cancer and now everytime I see something about breast cancer, I think of her. She is an author, woman, person, who doesn't let anything put her down - and that in itself is worth grabbing her book along for your ride in life.
"Add a pinch of magic, a dash of heartache, and a generous portion of lyrical beauty and you have The Kitchen Daughter, an enchanting tale of familial loss and quiet redemption—I loved it."
– Jamie Ford,
New York Times bestselling author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET
I just started "like"-ing the Facebook page for Jael's book. I love the idea of food and books together! And just like Sarah, I have not read the novel yet, but it's on the list. Her website, blog, and FB page makes you want to read it, though. What I absolutely love about her is that she is excited about her process. It is inspiring to see a new author out there doing her thing! I can't wait to read her book now! You go, girl!
I hope you enjoy these authors as much as I have and am...Have you read any of their books? What did you think?
Talk to you later and Happy "Almost Friday"!
~ Nay ~