How do you choose an author? Is it by first choosing the book either by its genre, storyline description, reviews, publicity, or a friend’s recommendation?
When changing the direction of Seize a Daisy in the post, Rewind to Authors’ Debuts, I left out the what and why of my previous blog, The Divining Wand. That site — and now this one — is based on the quote:
Choose an author as you would a friend. __Wentworth Dillon
Once upon a time I became known as “an author’s Fairy Godmother” based on introducing debut authors who were relatively unknown. Getting to know a new writer was similar to getting to know a new friend. After all, our imaginations are not limited to the characters or storylines between a book’s covers.
Instead, spending hours reading the author’s tale creates a companionship that lasts well beyond the end of their pages. And, more than likely, you begin to wonder who is this person that can mesmerize me with a fictional tale? S/he has to be more than a picture and one sentence bio on the back flap of a dust jacket.
As an author’s Fairy Godmother, I grant opportunities to divine the truth or, at least, the backstories and Internet locations of authors. Almost every published writer now has a website which is filled with personal and professional news. Other authors blog about more current events in their lives, “tweet” on a daily basis, comment on Facebook, and show up on Instagram. Our wordsmiths and storytellers are out there, you simply have to know where to look.
Although browsing can prove fun and rewarding, to meet a new author and make a new friend, why not begin here? The Divining Wand offered a virtual “meet and greet,” Seize a Daisy is here to do the same.
So let’s do this. Cheers to new author friends!
[Camile Noe Pagan (The Art of Forgetting, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences) is scheduled to be the next author on Seize a Dasy. If you have a question for Camille, please contact me or leave a Comment.]