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Top Ten Authors I have Met
This is actually a difficult topic since I have met far more than ten authors and genuinely do not want to exclude anyone. I'm not going to list authors simply because they have #1 books, or their books have become movies, or they are at the top of every favorite author list. I'm going to select authors that I felt genuinely showed an interest in their readers. These individuals actively engaged with their readers, put on a great presentation/book discussion, participated in speed dating sessions, etc.
Stacey is the author of The Ghost and the Goth and Project Paper Doll series. She also has a few stand alone novels that I really enjoyed. I have had the opportunity to meet her on a few occasions and she is ALWAYS super sweet. She will engage with readers on twitter and Facebook and was highly entertaining at the RT author events.
She is the author of Easy, which is part of the Contours of the Heart series, as well as the Between the Lines series. I met her at RT and of course I had to ask her how she selected Jacqueline for her main character's name since it is spelled the same as mine. She answered several questions about the book and I have since participated in blog tours to help promote her books.
Author of Anna and the French Kiss
Author of the Shade and WVMP Radio series. She used to spend an insane amount of time entertaining fans by tweeting as the main characters from Shade. I always enjoyed following the conversations. She also took the time to sit with us while we were having dinner at a conference and indulged our fangirling.
Amy Plum and Josephine Angelini
The book nerds loved Amy's Die For Me series as well as Josie's Starcrossed series. Amy lives in Paris and was even kind enough to give me a recommendation for somewhere to stay. It just so happened to be across the street from the building she based Jules's art studio after.
Author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series.
He was a busy bee at BEA this past year. He had his own book signing and assisted with Maggie Stiefvater's signing. He could be found mingling in the Scholastic area and speaking on several panels. He was very engaging and entertaining.
He came to speak at the grand reopening of the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. He was an excellent speaker and highly entertaining. He signed books after the presentation and was even kind enough to sign my son's copy of Flush, which was written by a good friend of David's. He couldn't wait to tell Carl Hiaasen he got to sign one of his book. He also told Preston he would sign any book if it encouraged children to read. (I did take my copy of King and Maxwell, which is the latest book in David's series, so we didn't look completely crazy).
Caleb is the author of Last Seen Leaving. Mary and I were fortunate enough to meet him at the Fierce Reads blogger event at BEA last year. I had never heard of him until this event, but he was definitely the life of the party. Here he is in the little hat from the photo booth, which became his signature for the weekend. He even took it to his signing. After this event I bumped his book up to the top of my TBR list and I'm definitely glad that I did. I gave it a solid 5 stars.