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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Elizabeth May – who also attended the Gollancz Festival – a lovely young woman indeed whose name you will no doubt recognise from The Falconer series.
- Who next??