Meeting Readers

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Tonight (I’m 14 hours ahead of the States, so my night, your early morning :)) I gave a talk at the Koorliny Arts Centre in Perth, Australia. It was a great evening and the audience asked some really great questions.

I love it when I can engage with interested readers, I think most authors do. We love talking about books, but we’re always a little scared we’re boring the pants off everyone because we get so carried away about it, but when readers respond with the same enthusiasm, it’s wonderful.

I’ve been to a couple of writer talks myself as a reader, and I’ve always enjoyed them, even if I haven’t managed to speak to the writer personally afterward. I’m interested, have you ever been to a writer talk, and did you enjoy it?

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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5 Responses to Meeting Readers

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    The author I most remember from a readers’ lunch was Sue Grafton. This was shortly after her first few Kinsey Milhone mysteries were out; I’m not sure how many. She was funny and witty – very entertaining. She’d written screenplays for tv movies, and knew how Hollywood worked, which she said was the reason she would never sell her series to the movies. I loved her, and I think she ruined me for other author talks, except as a writer talking to other writers. lol

    A little addition of my own. She’d mentioned her father, C.W. Grafton, who’d published detective novels. I found one of his in a used bookstore and mailed it to her. She sent me a nice thank you letter, and every year since then I’ve gotten a Christmas card from her.

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Congrats on your talk, Michelle! I remember when Sherrilyn Kenyon was featured speaker at a conference. At dinner she told us a very personal story of courage that remains with me to this day.

  3. Mary, I think I heard that story! I heard it at my first RWA conference in Dallas.

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Michelle

    I was part of Vancouver’s Writers Festival and was part of a large group doing a one-one-one session with readers. It was a lot of fun!

    Dale Mayer
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols 3.5 – A Christmas story!

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