Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014: Author Interaction

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As promised, I'm not only last minute but late on today's post. I spent the morning at the dentist and the rest of the day recuperating, so this is the first time I've felt like getting anything done. I'd tell you more, but I'm sure you're not interested in the details. (And I'd ramble too long.)


Author interaction is probably what started me out on this blog. I had another blog, and I dabbled in writing a bit, so naturally I gravitated toward other writers. I could do a lot of name-dropping because I've interacted with quite a few in real life (before book blogging and more accessibility to authors), but I'll just share some memories of one of my favorite authors.

Through the power of the computer, I found Leah Clifford (A Touch Mortal) not too long after her book sold. Her main character has the same name as my daughter, so I sent an email gushing about how excited I was about reading her book. She responded and let me know that I was the very first person other than friend or family to show interest her debut. And we pretty much stayed in touch over the years.

I came close to losing my kiddo when she was three, and Leah was in the middle of edits, so she was the only person up in the middle of the night when I was doing symptom research at the hospital. She helped get my mind off of the Suck going on in my life. Leah also became a role model for Bug (my daughter) as I talked about her all the time.

Bug admires Leah so much and writes every day because of her. I've had to hide Leah's books because she wants to read them, but she's seven. She can stick with Magic Puppy for now.

Proof that Leah is probably the most awesome author ever is that she made time to meet my daughter (and me, but I'm not nearly as cool as Bug) when she came to Louisiana in 2012. This is probably Bug's favorite memory of her childhood to date:

You can't tell me that this isn't better than signed books (which we have, too).

So yeah, this lady is the best. I have multiple copies of her books, and I buy more to give as gifts to anyone and everyone that I meet that may like YA. I don't even do that just because I like her - the books are just that good.


  1. Hands down the best author interaction I've read about today. So glad Bug was okay and Leah sounds freakin' awesome!

    1. Thanks, Becca! Yeah, it ended up that Bug had Cat Scratch Disease because my daughter can't have normal stuff. It went away after a few months and LOTS of antibiotics. :-)

      Leah is such a fantastic person. I could write so much about all of the great things she's done, and I bet she doesn't even realize the effect that she's had on my family. When Bug was making bad grades, she would send gold coins to her when her grades came up. Oh, and she's sent a shit-ton of signed bookmarks. I love her so hard.

  2. Definitely the best author story ever! And I hope you're feeling better after the dentist. :)

  3. How awesome! I've interacted with Leah via Twitter a time or two and I thought she was pretty darn cool, but NOW, she is cooler than cool! How wonderful for you and your daughter to have such a connection. How awesome is it that your daughter is now writing! :) This post is just awesome!

  4. Wow, that is the greatest story ever. Authors really are great people.

  5. I think I met Leah at a multi author signings. I still have her book sitting on my shelf. I will have to read it soon. It's so awesome to have such a great time with an author.

  6. What a fantastic author story.



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