It’s another Freaky Geeky Friday, and I’m here to talk about the craziness in my head.
So I was on Audible looking for new books to download, and I started thinking about Molly Harper which lead me to think about meeting her at RT14. This lead me to think about if it’s a good idea to meet your favorite authors.
I don’t know about you, but I kind of develop a relationship with my favorite authors based on reading their books. They become particular people in my mind. I really like them when they’re in my mind. They’re some of my favorite people (in my mind).
When you meet your favorite author in person one of two things is going to happen. You’re either going to love her more or you’re going to be turned off. I’m happy to report meeting Molly Harper in person was a good thing. I liked her. She fit the persona I’d given her in my head.
However, that’s not always the case. I’ve met authors IRL that I thought would be awesome based not only on my own persona for them but also on their online presence, and I was terribly dissappointed. It’s hard not to let that disappointment skew your view of their books.
Which leads me to ponder if it’s fair to judge authors based on my expectations. What if an author has social anxiety, etc?
I don’t think I will stop meeting authors, but I wonder if it’s always a good thing to pull back the curtain.
What do you guys think? Is it good to meet your favorite authors IRL? What have your experiences been like. Am I the only freak out there who gives authors personas that I expect them to live up to?