Author Talks are treasured outings for me and I was lucky to be able to attend two over the summer. Hearing an author explain their process and read from their work is just enlightening and blissful and a perfect introduction to a new book.
In July, Laura Dave, Hello, Sunshine and Jane Green, The Sunshine Sisters, both internationally best-selling authors, presented together at RJ Julia Booksellers. Upstairs, behind the children’s section, in a comfortable room, Jane and Laura told us a little about their process, read a few pages from their books, and then took questions from the audience. Both authors were enchanting.
Laura was approachable, funny, and smart. After hearing her background and her pages from Hello, Sunshine, I immediately knew her writing was for me. She also took time to be encouraging to me during the book signing, and for this yet-to-be-published author, that meant the world.
Jane started off her talk with a poem she recited from memory about parents and their effects on us all as children. Talk about winning over a crowd. First of all, she’s British and has that wonderful accent and then as if being a funny, wonderful writer weren’t enough, she recites poetry from memory. Love her.
In August, Jamie Beck was scheduled nearby on the Connecticut Author’s Trail (where Connecticut authors speak at libraries across the state). I was fortunate to be at the Craigin Library in Colchester, where Jamie Beck talked about her new book, Before I Knew.
I was already a fan. We belong to CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America) together and I read and loved another one of her books, Secretly Hers. After talking about her path to becoming an author, Jamie read aloud the prologue to Before I Knew. Just WOW. Intriguing, relatable, I just wanted to hop right into the pages.
So, all three of these amazing authors’ books are currently in my nightstand queue, while I finish Katherine, by Anya Seton (a historical romance/biographical fiction must-read). I look forward to the upcoming holiday season when Author Talks abound and I can dot them onto my calendar.
How about you? Have you been to an author talk recently? Did you get a picture with Carl Hiaasen or embarrass yourself fan-girling over Kristan Higgins ( I might be guilty). Share your Author Talk experiences in the comments.
P.S. I’ve received no compensation for this post. If you’d like to check out any of these three books. The author’s websites are linked with their names above and they have purchase links on their sites.