This year has been pretty crazy and getting crazier. But I have finally decided that there are some silver linings among all the storm clouds. Like I can sleep later in the morning then normal because of no commuting to work. A big win in this night owl’s life. But the biggest win so far this year is how many authors I have been able to watch on line talk about their books.
I am pretty blessed living near Seattle in that authors often stop by on their tours, but I don’t always get to see them because of timing or conflicts with my schedule. But usually I get to see 2-3 authors a year. Which is not bad. But this year so far I have watched 10 authors (some of them more than once) talk about their books, lives and writing. It has been awesome. Some of them have been free, some I have had to purchase their books, but I was probably going to do that anyways.
Many of the sessions I have watched were two authors talking together. Usually I heard about the sessions because one of the authors was a favorite, but then I got interested in what the other author was writing and often ended up adding them to my TBR.
Here are the highlights of some of the talks.
Neil Gaiman is one of the authors I have seen a couple of times. the first time he was speaking with N.K. Jemisin. Listening to them talk about her book, The City We Became, got me really interested in reading it. I don’t think I had really heard anything about her work before this and had tuned in just to watch Neil talk but I was so glad I did. I really enjoyed her book and am looking forward to reading more from her.
I also got to see Neil and Victoria Schwab discuss their writing which was amazing. I have actually seen Ms. Schwab speak three times, once on Instagram totally by accident. She is a wonderful speaker and loves talking about the writing process. I highly recommend you see her if you can. I watched her talking with Madeline Miller, and have really gotten interested in reading her book Circe. I haven’t yet, but hope to soon.
Ashley Poston and Margaret Rogerson was probably my next favorite. I watched it mostly because I was hoping Margaret was going to announce when her next book was coming out, she didn’t, but I do know that it will be soon. They also had a wonderful conversation, especially about characters and romance.
I have several more author events lined up for the rest of the year that I am really looking forward too. Holly Black and Sabaa Tahir being two that I am most excited about.
Have you been able to watch any author events this year? Which were your favorite?