It’s time for our annual Share the Love giveaway hop! This hop is a little different and all about sharing our favorite bloggers and authors with you! There’s a giveaway at every blog so visit them all and find out who all we just adore.
I was recently rubbed the wrong way when the author of one of my favorite book series said something to the effect that posting about pets/cooking/family/etc. on social media is not how one sells books. I get it, I really do, but in addition to being an amazing story teller an author really can be more to some people. My auto-buy authors, the ones I preorder when there's no cover or blurb, are the ones I would want to be friends with if they were my neighbor because they know how to brand themselves. I don't auto-buy the above mentioned author and now I realize why she never made it onto my list in spite of very much enjoying her work.
As a reader, I love complex and flawed characters... and getting to know the people who created them often enhances the experience. Knowing an author is a person who has the same struggles or passions as I do helps me feel connected to their work more deeply. When they share an interesting article or a funny anecdote or a recipe they loved I don't just see a writer, I see a person, and most of my auto-buy authors are these types. They make me feel less alone and ya know what? When I spend $10 on a book and I see that an author went out and took their kid to the movies or is enjoying a bottle of wine or is heading to a fancon it makes me feel good. I got to enjoy something I paid for and in a weird sort of way I feel like what I paid had a bigger value because they get a livable income and get to have pleasures in their lives too.
With that in mind please go follow these 5 authors who have enriched my life with their wonderful writing and their fantastic social media presence.