The coolest thing happened to me today. A friend who is a high school teacher posted on my Facebook page that she’d overheard some of her students talking about me. They were discussing one of my books.
She jumped into their conversation and told them she knew me.
The girl who’d started the conversation replied that “she was shocked that I was a real person who would interact with her teacher.”
That cracked me up.
Of course I’m a real person. I’m not just playing a real person on TV, or anything like that.
I’m about as real as it gets. I have a full-time job with one of the largest companies in the world. I have a kindergartener and a toddler. I have a husband, whom I met at a football game. I’ve got a ridiculous toy poodle who thinks he’s a Doberman.
And I just happen to write books.
I now have a wonderful network of author friends, and as I’ve gotten to know them better, I’ll let you in on a little secret… they’re all real people too.
I’m seriously so blessed to be an author and I love interacting with my readers. It’s why I try to blog on my website (although I’m going to confess real life and real book deadlines often push that to the back burner, which is what’s happened lately) and why I try to post on my author Facebook page at least once a day, if not more.
And on my webpage and Facebook page (I’m also on Pinterest and Twitter, though not nearly as much as Facebook) I’ve broadened the scope of what I talk about—not just books. I talk about the things that are important to me: food, family, faith, and fiction. I’m very interested in real food, natural health and wellness, authentic family time, a relationship with Jesus Christ, and some darned good books. By broadening the scope of what I like to talk about, I want to give readers a chance to get to know me better beyond just the pages of my books.
And seriously, nothing makes my day more than when readers are on my Facebook page and they share content, like what I post, and comment! It makes it so much more exciting. Without YOUR interaction on Facebook, my web page, and the other social media streams where I hang out…well, it’s like talking to a wall. And that’s just no fun.
Every author I know has some form of social media presence. So don’t be shy! Friend them on Facebook, comment on a blog, give a shout out on Twitter, and go in and repin things on their boards you find interesting. If you’re on Amazon or Goodreads and you liked a book, take a few minutes to leave a review and let the author know why you liked the book and let other readers know why you recommend it. My friends who are authors LOVE to hear from readers. Not every day is easy as a writer. Some days the words don’t come or sales reports don’t show the numbers you’d hoped for. Hearing from readers is always a sure way to turn that frown upside down.
Who are your favorite authors to interact with online? What’s your favorite platform? Do you prefer blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or something else?
And if you haven’t friended me yet…why not? Click here and sign up for my blog (sign up for the newsletter while you’re there—I promise I’m not a spammer!), join my Facebook page—where you’ll be the first to know when my new book releases in about two weeks, follow me on Twitter, and check out some of the pins I have on Pinterest. Don’t forget to friend me on Goodreads and find me on Amazon.
I love to hear from you—and I promise I’m a real person who loves to interact with teachers. And all sorts of other readers too. :)