When I first started blogging in 2008, I noticed that a lot of people attended great author events at their local independent bookstores. I have to admit I was jealous and wished a store near me hosted events like that. I’d been blogging about a year when I discovered Twitter and started following author Beth Hoffman. We chatted on Twitter a little bit and I thought she was sweet and friendly so I read her first book SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT and adored it. Then, one day, she tweeted a link to her upcoming book tour. I clicked on it and discovered she was coming near me! Fiction Addiction, my local indie bookstore had started a great new event called Book Your Lunch where you get to see/hear a great author and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
I went to the bookstore the very next day to sign up and, since I was one of the first people to do so, they asked if I wanted to sit at the author’s table and, of course, I said yes! I have to admit that I was a little nervous going to the event. What if Beth wasn’t as sweet as she seemed online? Should I mention my blog? It turns out I worried for nothing. Beth is every bit as sweet as she seems online and she put everyone at ease. We chatted about books. animals, life, and just about anything else you can think of.
I kept in touch with Beth through Twitter after that and have been able to see her two more times since then. One year, she came to New York during BEA just to take a group of bloggers to dinner! When she returned for another Book Your Lunch, you better believe I was there. Now, I consider Beth a friend. We chat online, exchange cards at birthdays and Christmas and she even sent me flowers when we had to have our dog euthanized.
I’ve met a lot of authors since then and they’re not all as warm and friendly as Beth is but they all love to meet their readers. I’ve only made a long lasting relationship with one other author – Adriana Trigiani – but have loved every author encounter I’ve had. If you have the chance to meet an author, I urge you to do so – you’ll be glad you did.
About Beth Hoffman
Before beginning her writing career, Beth was president and co-owner of an interior design studio. An artist as well as an award-winning designer, her paintings are displayed in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
Beth lives, along with her husband and two very smart cats, in a restored Queen Anne home in a quaint historic district in Northern Kentucky. Her interests include the rescue of abandoned and abused animals, nature conservancy, birding, historic preservation, and antiquing.
Books by Beth Hoffman
Tremendous thanks to Kathy from BermudaOnion for sharing her author experience. Having met Kathy in real life a couple of times I can swear she is just as lovely in person as she is online. Not only one of the most dedicated book bloggers but also truly willing to go out of her way to help and encourage other bloggers.
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