A while back, when I was in a mood, I was going to do a post about the best/worst author blogs and websites. I had been doing updating or something, and I was hitting a brick wall on a lot of author pages and it was driving me insane. If the author couldn’t keep up to date with their upcoming releases and info, how could bloggers like me ever hope to do so? I got over my snit before I finished typing my post, but I started thinking about it again when Kim Shelt made a comment over on my Facebook page. She said…
I was thinking that it would be cool if you did a post on authors that would respond to their readers. Awhile back I sent a message to an author on Facebook saying how excited I was to hear she was writing a certain characters story and she responded back saying how cool it was that someone was as excited about that book as she was. I thought it would be cool to see if any other authors were out there that responds back to readers comments or inquiries, either through letters, email, facebook or their website.
Personally, I have been very lucky when it comes to authors responding to any queries I have sent them. Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Cynthia Eden and Jennifer L. Armentrout have always responded quickly, kindly, and happily. I think the only authors I can think of that didn’t get back to me were Tessa Adams and Lora Leigh, both times when I was asking about the state of their PNR series (hello, new Breeds book anytime soon-ish. Hello?) And believe me, I am amazed when one takes the time to answer back, and I really do appreciate it. C.L. Wilson has responded whenever I have asked her a question, but I think I annoyed her when I asked if The Winter King was still on schedule for January since I couldn’t find any coverart (the answer was no).
I think one of the most awkward online arrangements is Lora Leigh’s however. You can scour the blog, website, forum, Facebook – and can’t find much in the way of up to date info. Nada. Makes me nuts. I am not a big fan of author pages that have fan-forums, either, since you can get some very interesting (obsessed) people. I am a bigger fan than a lot of people, but in no way do I feel the need to post every detail of my day on the author’s page, or describe my dreams I had about their characters.
So, back to Kim’s question – which authors do you find to be the most connected to their fans, who makes it a point to get involved with their readers, and the most helpful at answering questions? And on the other side, who have you had no luck with no matter how many times you have tried to make contact?