Before we start today, I just wanted to say that I was so excited about this terrific giveaway, that I gave away TWO prizes last night. So the mystery box of YA books and the signed Splintered hardback are gone, but tons more to win!
And how can I forget the amazing authors that I have met this year? After I got over my fangirly squeal, I realized how down to earth, interesting, and just really cool people these authors were. I have to highlight two particular local authors who have totally changed my life.
1. Antony John - Antony was the first author I met locally. He's written the amazing book Five Flavors of Dumb, along with a dystopian trilogy (the first book of which I am giving away). I actually met him through his wife who works in the same hospital that I do. I don't think they ever really expected me to go out, buy his book, and review it. Since then, we've had several get togethers-- talking about books, life and publishing. He's also been a fount of very valuable advice. He is savvy in more ways than writing, down to earth, and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. I'm so fortunate to know him.
2. Fiona Paul - Fiona is the terrific author of Venom. I met her through Antony, and ever since, I've been getting tons of advice, great stories, and best of all, just plain good friendship. She is a wonderful person on top of being a super hardworking and talented author. If I ever feel down about how my non-existent book is going or how mean people can be on the internet, she's there supporting me every step of the way. Plus, I get first access to all of her awesome sauce books! Who's the winner in all of this? I would have to say... me.
Other authors that I just have to name because of how incredibly sweet, smart, and talented they all are in no particular order: Tamara Ireland Stone,
Lenore Appelhans, Elizabeth Richards, Lauren Oliver, Kathleen Peacock and AG Howard.
Today's question: Which traditionally published authors have you loved and why?
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