One of today’s topics for Armchair BEA is author interaction. Although NetGalley sometimes gives the option for author interviews and I’ve occasionally been approached by publishers, I never opt in. I’m not sure why. Part of it is certainly shyness/nerves, another is not wanting to pelt the poor author with dull questions. (Which are always at top of mind in those situations, right? not the interesting ones we come up with when we are pretending to be Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Because we all do that, right? Not just me.) One thing I have been trying to do better is connect with authors on Twitter, and so far I’ve had interactions with authors including Bonnie Jo Campbell (@bonniejocampbel), author of American Salvage and Once Upon a River; and Kim Church (@akchurch), author of Byrd. American Salvage was in my Favorite Reads list for 2013, and so far Byrd is top of my list this year.
Maybe I’ll tweet my way into interviewing an author this year…who knows?