I am super excited about the next 10 days, y’all!
Starting today and running until May 29th, ReadingIsMySuperPower is hosting TEN top authors for their Reader Appreciation Giveaway!!
Each day, you’ll hear from a different author with a special message for YOU, their readers. Each day, you’ll have opportunities to enter the superawesome giveaway! (10 books, $100 GC!!! Can I enter too?!?)
But TODAY, we’re going to hear from ALL TEN authors! YAY!
I asked them each this question (separately, so they couldn’t compare notes LOL) :
I know for a fact that – even in this age of more access to authors via social media – readers are not above fanflailing when meeting their favorite authors face to face. Though you are all authors yourselves, I’m sure you’re readers as well. So I want to know – which author/authors turn YOU into a fangirl?
Here’s what they said:
Okay, there are lots of authors I adore. Authors whose books turn me into a gooey, happy mess of fangirliness. But lately, probably the author that more than any other makes me go crazy fangirl is Lori Benton. I just went on a binge of rereading all four of her books and oh. my. word. They are so gorgeous. Actually, the word I keep using to describe them is soul-stirring. I just…I can’t…ahh! I’m also a massively huge Elizabeth Camden fan. And a Susan May Warren fan. Oh, and Julianne Donaldson and Julianna Deering <–near name twinsies.
The very first time that I saw Rachel Hauck at a writers’ conference I ran over my feet with my suitcase and completely lost the ability to speak coherently! Thankfully she walked right past without noticing me making a complete idiot of myself 😉
These days it is a VERY long list but I will say that I always struggle to keep hold of my fangirl gushing whenever I’m in the company of either Becky Wade or Katie Ganshert!
I’m the quiet type, so though I may “fangirl” on the inside, not much of that flailing shows up on the outside. But this introvert might not be able to entirely control herself were she to meet two of her favorite authors: Bernard Cornwell and Sharon Kay Penman, both of whom write the most extraordinary stories set during the middle ages. When this writer grows up, guess who she wants to be?
Oh my goodness! How long can the list be?
I’m an embarrasing mess around Laura Frantz EVERY time I see her. I just want her creativity and elegance in writing to pour onto me!
I love Denise Hunter too. I get really giddy when I have a chance to read one of her new books. They’re sooooo romantic. Julie Lessman, Siri Mitchell, Janice Thompson, Mary Connealy, Dawn Crandall…the list could go on! I am thrilled to read their writing and glean from their beautiful ability to tell stories!
Pretty much everyone participating in this giveaway…and at least two dozen more authors on top of that. I may have even called a few of my author crushes and asked them not to get virtual restraining orders due to my social media stalking *blush*.
Total fangirl! The highlight of my writing conference last year? Taking a picture with Francine Rivers. Close second was meeting Charles Martin at a book signing the year before. Both were just as nice as expected. Pics attached for proof!
Well, here’s the thing…I’m not really the fangirl type. Not because I don’t love certain authors/actors/musicians or whatever, but because I’m afraid
a) I’ll be a bother,
b) I’ll come across as creepy,
c) why the heck would they notice me or care what I think about their work anyway?
(My husband says I’m ridiculous, because I don’t think that way about other people contacting me—in fact it totally makes my day. He says I’m overly concerned with what others think. Man, did I pick a bad occupation!)
However…if I were the fangirl type, I’d be messaging Susan Meissner, Katie Ganshert, and Tammy L. Gray all the time. (I have actually worked up the courage to tell them I enjoyed a book. Once each. That’s all I could manage. Baby steps.) I love their unique voices, the ability to look at the hard things in life and find hope, and the way their stories stay with me. They are my writing heroes. 🙂
So I am a DIEHARD fan girl of Tahereh Mafi and her Shatter Me series. A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting her in person at a small library event near my home. When it was my turn to go up to her signing table and introduce myself, I started sobbing. And not the nice, swipe-a-few tears kind of crying. I mean, the UGLY, belly-shaking, try-to-speak-but-only-guttural-noises-come-out kind of crying. I was so overcome by the full-circle moment of being there, in front of her, that my emotions were simply off the charts. You see, it was her writing that encouraged me to write my debut novel, All for Anna. Her emotional prose and poignant voice in fiction gave me the courage to live my dream. So coming face-to-face with such a beautiful source of inspiration was overwhelming to say the least. And then Tahereh, who was gracious and kind and everything lovely, got out of her chair and came around the table to where I stood. She threw her arms around me and just hugged me for several minutes and I tried to explain my tears. (I get all choked up about it even now.) Oh, and she cried too!
That was truly one of the most beautifully significant moments of my life, as a reader, and as a writer. I pray I will be as gracious an author to my readers as she was to me.
This is so hard there are so many. But I will say my dream is to meet Lynn Austin someday. When I wrote a comment on her facebook page and she wrote back I nearly fell off my chair. I had the opportunity to send her some interview questions for the (now defunct) website Novel Crossing and when the content editor sent them to me, I giggled with glee. I just think she is the most amazing writer.
I have so many, though. Authors have been my rockstars since I was a little kid. I wrote a letter to Martha Grimes (an all time FAVOURITE author) and she wrote a hand-written letter back and I couldn’t sleep that night I was so excited.
Francine Rivers! She attended the American Christian Fiction Writers conference last fall. The night of the gala awards ceremony, she happened to be sitting at a table near mine and directly within my line of sight. She received a lifetime achievement award that evening for basically being mind-blowingly awesome. Yet, her acceptance speech was so kind and humble and faith-filled.
I handled my fanflailing of Francine very maturely and suavely. I spent the dinner sneaking round-eyed peeks at her while thinking, ‘There’s Francine Rivers!’ and ‘She wrote Redeeming Love!’ and ‘Eeek! It’s Francine!” Did I say so much as a peep to her? No, I did not.
Did anyone else besides me just adore these answers?!? So glad I’m not the only one who ends up speechless in front of my fave authors or runs over my own feet with my luggage 😉
These FABULOUS fangirling authors have all gotten together to fangirl over someone else – YOU, the readers! They’ve pooled their resources and have put together a FABULOUS Reader Appreciation Giveaway (the giveaway is fab and so are the readers!)
One randomly-selected reader will win one copy of each of the following:
- Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg
- Close to You by Kara Isaac
- Lady Undaunted by Tamara Leigh
- A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham
- Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon
- Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson
- The Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald
- A Season To Love by Nicole Deese
- The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan
- Her One and Only by Becky Wade
PLUS, a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!!
US mailing addresses only please. Giveaway will end at 11:59PM on May 29th. Winner will be selected via Rafflecopter and will have ONE WEEK to respond. If I haven’t heard from you in a week, another winner will be chosen.
Come back tomorrow for more chances to win and a special message from Melissa Tagg!