Author Blogs

When I first got a feedreader (see previous post on the word aggregator to know why I choose feedreader) I added lots and lots of blogs to the reader. I checked it ALL THE TIME. Then life caught up to me, and I had to drop some of the blogs that didn’t hold my interest. Some of those that I kept ended up being blogs from Young Adult authors.

My favorite YA author of all time is Tamora Pierce (yes, she beats Stephanie Meyer and JK Rowling. I may like some of their books a little better, but Tammy herself is just awesome, AND she writes awesome books… so there you are. Tammy calls her blog “Dare to be Stupid.” She talks about the reason she chose to name her blog after a Weird Al song in her first post. Recently, she asked her fans for help. She was working on a short story and couldn’t remember details about a particular character. She had her answer in less than four hours.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of Uglies, Peeps and the Midnighters books. His blog is fun and random. Recently he posted pictures of fans in costume as characters from his books. Not only that, but Scott is always on the pulse of what is happening in the YA author blogosphere.

For example, Lauren Myracle recently dared several YA authors to face their biggest fears, then blog about it. There were great posts from Shannon Hale (Newbery Honor winning author of Princess Academy) , Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries) and Libba Bray (author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy). More authors to add to my feedreader! Yeah!

Except then I might have too many again… We’ll see.

What’s the point of all this nonsense?

  1. Well, we ARE librarians and part of what we do is books.
  2. Plus it’s a fun way to tap into the writing process and what goes on in our favorite author’s heads.
  3. It helps make authors real to the readers, including the teens in our library
  4. You can get access to cool information that teens will want to know about their favorite books/authors.

If you want to see if your favorite YA author has a blog, try YA Author Cafe. Of course, lots of children’s and adult fiction writers also have blogs. You can add some of those too. Consider having the link to the author’s blog in your information about the next book club selection. Any other ways people are using author’s websites or blogs in libraries?

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