What authors have made the biggest impact on your life? Inspired by From Twinkle, With Love, I’ve written three open letters to three of the authors that have made the most impact on my life in recent years. Like Twinkle in Sandy Menon’s latest YA novel, I wanted to share how important the works of these writers are to me. I could pinpoint approximately 57 authors that have written books I love, but these three are particularly special to me. So I hope you enjoy!
Dear Victoria Schwab,
When I first picked up This Savage Song, the first book I ever read by you, I never expected to fall in love with your characters and your worlds as much as I did. But not only that, they affected me in ways that I never expected. Your books aren’t just escapism for me. This Savage Song reflected the struggles of relapse. A Darker Shade of Magic taught me the importance of being adventurous and taking risks. Vicious told me that surviving your struggles make you powerful. Your books mean the world to me, and I’m just so thankful I found your words when I did. You’ve honestly changed my life, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
I think we’re all so lucky to live in the era we do, where it’s so easy to connect with authors and other readers online. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where there are bookish events or book festivals, you’re even given opportunities to talk to your favourite writers in real life – it’s pretty cool. So today I just wanted to share some advice about talking to authors, from one awkward booknerd to another.
Over the last few years, my confidence has grown so much when it comes to interacting with authors online and speaking to authors at events. When I was just a smol teen blogger, authors favouriting my tweets made me freak out a little bit, and then if they REPLIED, I would spend LITERAL HOURS trying to compose a reply tweet. Then meeting authors at events made me a nervous wreck. My hand would shake as I handed over my books for them to sign and all I’d be able to do was mumble out an “I love your work!”.
But wow, how the times have changed. Going to numerous bookish events the past few years has made my confidence grow so much, to the point where I now run a book club and I’ve even had the opportunity to HOST A BOOK LAUNCH AND BE IN CONVERSATION WITH AWESOME AUTHORS. I never thought I would have the chance to do that in a million years, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. Last year, I was lucky to have an exclusive 30-minute Skype interview with Angie FREAKING Thomas! I got to launch a book from an author I’ve admired since I was 14 last July. And next month I’m going to be in conversation with Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman at the Obsidio launch in Melbourne! I’m low-key FREAKING OUT.
But enough about me! Now I’m just going to share some of my tips for interacting with authors, and some of the things I wish someone had told me when I was starting to go to bookish events at 15. So I hope this helps you a little if you’re someone that gets anxious when speaking to people you admire!Read More »
Hi everyone! A little while ago, I was inspired by Eventbrite (who I’ve used heaps in the past to make bookings for bookish events, and I hope to use their tools in the future to plan bookish meet-ups) to consider what my dream conference panels would look like! I absolutely love attending author panels, such as at the Melbourne Writers Festival, and so this idea of sharing my dream bookish panels with you gave me the opportunity to:
a.) Be frustrated that these panels aren’t a real thing.
b.) Desperately beg the bookish gods to make this happen.
c.) Devise a plan about how I can kidnap all my favourite authors.Read More »