Today’s second Armchair BEA topic is Author Interaction. (The first topic was “more than words,” which I addressed as my regular Tuesday Readers’ Workouts post.)
My favorite author interaction since I’ve been blogging was with Karen Karbo when she was ramping up her publicity for Julia Child Rules last year. Her publicist contacted me after I tweeted at Karen Karbo with links to reviews of two earlier books in the Kick Ass Women series: How Georgia Became O’Keeffe and The Gospel According to Coco Chanel.
Karen and her publicist had a great idea for Julia Child Rules — ask bloggers to choose a rule and apply it for a week. That experience gave me new blogging friends as well as a terrific week of Rule Number 6: To Be Happy, Work Hard. I linked to my whole week’s posts in my review: Julia Child Rules. Karen made a Pinterest board of all of our posts.
The week after my review, Karen made time to do a Q&A on my blog, patiently answering my librarian question about research, among others.
All told, that was several weeks of interaction with Karen, her publicist, and the cadre of bloggers that participated in the Live Like Julia event. I’m still interacting with some of those people! All of it felt like the natural, normal, way that people connect on the internet — bridging distances with shared passions and community.
I also read How to Hepburn in December, so I completed the entire Kick Ass Women series (so far) in 2013. What a great way to explore the concept of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.
What is your best memory of an author interaction, online or in person?