#BookBlogWriMo post today:
11/27 – Authors You’re Thankful For – Who’s sitting at your dream Thanksgiving table?
I am going to have a huge table for Thanksgiving in order to have enough room for all of the authors I’m thankful for. And yes, I am going to shamelessly plug them and/or their books!
First, I am going to start with the person that helped me get this blog started: Michael Siemsen. If it were not for him, I would not be doing this. He’s the one that initially got the whole reading thing started. I never knew what beta reading was or that there were authors that actually talked to their readers until I met Michael.
The rest of the authors I am not going to list in order because I can’t. These are people that I either know personally or have been affected by their writing in some way.
Marie Wathen – I had the pleasure of interacting with Marie and being there in the beginning when she wrote her first book, Be All. Now, she’s working on releasing her 6th book, Risking All. I got to meet her in New Orleans in 2014 and I love her to pieces. She is one of the very few romance authors that I read.
Another romance author that I read is Amy Daws. She’s my twinsie! She emailed me about proofing her first book, Chasing Hope and our relationship has just gone on from there. She’s now working on book 3! We have learned that we are a lot a like and we have started calling each other our twinsie. I finally get to meet her in person in January in Phoenix and I can’t wait!!
Denise Grover Swank is another author and person that I would love to have at my Thanksgiving table. She is an amazing person; so giving, so nice, and she is so passionate about everything she does. I got to meet her at Penned Con in St. Louis this year and she was so great. If you haven’t read her books, you should definitely go pick one of them up.
Two of my favorite young adult authors and great people are Abigail Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. These two BFFs wrote one of my all time favorite books, Branded. So it goes without saying that I need both of these ladies at my table so we can discuss all things Cole, Lexi, and Zeus!
I’ve got to have Simone Nicole, author of Ahead of the Darkness, at my table, even though she is Australian and doesn’t celebrate American Thanksgiving. I don’t even know how we met, but I’m sure it was through our mutual love of books and reading. I would so love to meet her in person one day.
And I can’t forget to add the incomparable Matt Schiariti to the mix. I wouldn’t want Michael to feel singled out along with all of these ladies. Matt writes paranormal and romance novels. His first story I read was Words With Fiends, and then I immediately had to get Ghosts of Demons Past. When he wrote his first romance, I was a beta for him and wound up reading Funeral with a View three times!! Remember, I don’t re-read.
Another male author that I have to include is Justin Osborne. He writes fantasy, paranormal, horror, etc and is one hilarious dude. He has a wicked sense of humor and is fun to talk to. I just got to meet him for the first time this past week when I went to an Anne Rice signing. He was actually able to give a copy of his book Epic: Legacy to Anne at the signing!! It was awesome.
I could not have a proper Thanksgiving meal without the hilarity of AJ Lape. She writes young adult mystery and her characters are absolutely hilarious. She is also a bit of a nut, which is why she and I are friends. You should pick up her book Grade A Stupid if you want an awesome read that will have you hooked to the page and laughing out loud.
I’m going to mention a couple of traditional authors here because I absolutely love their work and would love to pick their brains: Stephen King (of course!), Jeffery Deaver, Mark Twain (it didn’t say alive!!), Dr. Seuss, and Maurice Sendak. I don’t think I would be the person I am today without these authors in my life.
I really and truly want to list more authors that I want around my table, but I foresee the list growing way too long and me sitting here until next Thanksgiving trying to type all of their names. Truly, the people that I am thankful for, I really hope they know that even if they weren’t mentioned here that I would gladly have them at my table anytime.