Charmed, delighted and enchanted.


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Ten Authors that I’ve met/seen/listened to

  1. Neil Gaiman – at a book reading.  Not only are his books amazing but he’s great to listen to and really patient.  He signed everyone’s books and it was a very long queue – must have took him forever (or at least a couple of hours).
  2. Joe Abercrombie.  Another reading organised at Central Library in Manchester.  This was for his venture into YA with his Half a King book.  I don’t think there’s anything better than listening to an author read their own work – they just bring something more to it.
  3. Robin Hobb.  A great reading for her The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince.  She answered lots of questions about her inspiration and how she came to write books.  Really interesting session.
  4. Sarah Pinborough – this is a woman who just makes me laugh.  She’s so funny!  And, of course it doesn’t hurt that I’ve read and loved quite a number of her books.  She was at the Gollancz Festival last year and took part in a number of the panels.
  5. Ben Aaronovitch.  At a book event in Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester.  Another really genuinely nice guy – he just had plenty of funny stories about asking fans about things on twitter and about sitting on different buses as they travelled around London just to take a different look at some of the places he could use in his writing.  I use public transport a lot – and there are always plenty of funny/not so funny stories as a result!
  6. Brandon Sanderson – another book event at the above Waterstones.  He was great to listen to.  He answered a bunch of questions, he spoke about his experiences as a writer and his processes, he read a sneaky peak out of his third Words of Radiance book and he signed a huge amount of books for an extremely long line of fans.
  7. Joanne Harris.  This was a very informal event at a Library in Oldham.  It was great because it was a very small venue and felt almost like you were all just having a chat.  There was a reading for the Gospel of Loki and then questions and answers.
  8. Joe Hill – who was at the Gollancz Festival.  I didn’t see too much of him but he did attend the end of one of the panels I was observing and he took part in the audience Q&A asking questions of the panel himself and I thought that was pretty cool.
  9. Elizabeth May – who also attended the Gollancz Festival – a lovely young woman indeed whose name you will no doubt recognise from The Falconer series.
  10. Who next??

25 Responses to “Charmed, delighted and enchanted.”

  1. Leona

    Wow, lucky you! I can’t name 10 authors I have met, lol. I have met so few!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had a run of going to events, and I got lucky with some many good events in the offing. I don’t seem to go to as many now. Perhaps I’m just not really looking out for them.
      Lynn 😀

  2. cindysbookbinge

    That’s great I do not think I have met more than 2!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It doesn’t matter how many you’ve met – so long as you’re happy. I don’t go to as many events now tbh but I suppose if I saw an author I still wanted to see I would go.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    You have met quite a few authors. I have never met any, but I also don’t go to books events.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, yes, you can’t meet them without going to the events. I don’t do so as much now in fairness. With all your films – you’ll have to go to some red carpet events and meet some of your favourite film stars.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow, you’ve met some awesome authors. I’ve not met any, but I’ve connected with some through twitter and emails. We don’t get many events (who am I kidding, we really don’t get any) in my neck of the woods.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed all these events but I’ve not really been doing any recently. We don’t have that many events in my neck of the woods – if I went down to London of course I would be spoiled, positively swimming in authors.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Darn, I should have done this top ten today (but can’t now cause I have to go to work). So cool about Joe Hill! As I was reading your list I realized I’ve met some amazing authors, many of them years ago. I met Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, Robert McCammon, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz and many more! More recently I’ve met Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, Pierce Brown and OMG I can’t remember who else:-D

    • @lynnsbooks

      Wow – you really should have taken part, you’d have smashed it!
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Never mind the greenish tinge! It’s just a touch of envy… 😀 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, you’re funny! I’m useless at these things, I never ask questions or get all fangirly. I just go speechless and starstruck.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Danya @ Fine Print

    Based on her twitter feed I totally get how Elizabeth May would be awesome in person! And now I’m jealous that you’ve met Ben Aaronovitch, because his public transportation stories sound awesome (I too take the bus regularly and it’s always an adventure). Kelley Armstrong is my favourite author that I’ve met in person! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      All of these authors were so good. I mean, don’t get me wrong, – it’s not in their favour to be horrible to their fans, but they were all really interesting, had different things to talk about and were so patient with their followers. At the Sanderson event – there were people there with two bags full of books for signing – which meant it was taking a lot longer, he never batted an eyelid, just got on with it, had photos, chatted, the lot – Neil Gaiman was the same – the queue for signing was mental and he was just so good – I couldn’t speak to him of course, I’m such a moo, but he signed my book and drew a little gravestone (The Graveyard Book). Elizabeth May was so young and vibrant, really fresh with ideas and with this bounding sort of enthusiasm.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Louise @ Bookasaurus Blog

    I met Ben Aaronovitch at a book signing too, and he was such a great guy! Just made me love Rivers of London more. Awesome that you have met so many great authors.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had a bit of a spate of going along to events and being really excited about it – I blame Neil Gaiman – he started it all! He was so good, I think I fell a little bit in love with him right then!
      Lynn 😀

  9. beckmank

    It’s so great you’ve met all these authors! I need to start attending more events, I’ve only been to one book talk/signing, but it was a lot of fun. Great list! My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m absolutely useless though – I totally clam up and can barely speak! I turn into a nervous jelly.
      Lynn 😀

      • beckmank

        I’ve only met Steve Berry briefly at a book signing and I was the same way. 🙂 It’s so nerve wracking!!

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    So many British authors on your list I would LOVE to meet! Too bad they don’t come over to the US more often, but Joe Abercrombie, Sarah Pinborough, and ESPECIALLY Ben Aaronovitch – all authors I want to meet one day.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They are all so awesome – Sarah Pinborough is just such good fun, Joe Abercrombie really good to listen too and Ben Aaronovitch – well, I think you’d love him. Such a nice chap, very normal and unassuming.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Ahhhhh! You’ve met NG!

    “Neil Gaiman – at a book reading.  Not only are his books amazing but he’s great to listen to and really patient.  He signed everyone’s books and it was a very long queue – must have took him forever (or at least a couple of hours).”

    I bet he is the best father EVER! I mean not only does he seem really laid back and patient, could you imagine him reading you bedtime stories?!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I will definitely listen to a couple of his books on audio because I think he reads them himself – at least The Graveyard book I think he does.
      Lynn 😀

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