Thursday, February 12, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Authors Talking

This week's BTT topic:

Do you read any author’s blogs? If so, are you looking for information on their next project? On the author personally? Something else?

My first thought when I read the question was that my answer would be a short and sweet "no." Because I really don't read any authors' blogs – well, that is aside from my husband's; and since his published writing has been mostly in the academic realm, I suppose he's not what we have in mind here. And the various authors' websites I've looked at have usually disappointed me: Their "blogs" generally turn out to be extended bits of advertising or ego-boosting puff pieces. Which, I suppose, is to be expected – after all, they do have to sell those books.

But then I remembered that there is one author whose website I check out from time to time. I don't read it on a regular basis, but Monica Ferris's website ( can be pretty interesting now and then. Ferris is the author of the Betsy Devonshire "needlework" mystery series, and she's a needlework enthusiast herself. Her website has information about her books, but it also has needlework patterns and occasional tidbits about her day-to-day life. And though it's not exactly a blog itself, it does have a link to a blog that she shares with several other authors – they take turns, each writing one post per week. Well, at least that was the formula the last time I stopped by.

So, that's my only author's blog. But I'm looking forward to hearing about others – maybe I'll find a few more to add to my paltry list. Any candidates?


  1. Monica Ferris' sounds like an interesting blog. When I get a chance, I'll have to check it out.

    Happy Thursday!

  2. Haven Kimmel's blog isn't your generic author's blog. You might enjoy it; I think it's a hoot.

    I'll check out Monica Ferris'.

  3. I'll have to check it out. Happy Booking Through Thursday!

  4. I like Ferris's books too! But I haven't been to her site. I'll have to check it out.

  5. I definitely agree that their websites are disappointing. I generally find the ones that talk about other stuff and follow them. I'm not sure how I found so many, it just happened that way!

    - Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm

  6. I like it when they write about other things as well. One of the ones I read is a group blog of writers, which I think is helpful for them when they don't have much time for blogging.

  7. This week’s question unearths the truth that I do not have many favorite authors. Most of the authors whose works I continue to re-read and explore are dead. I have favorite books. The books have to speak for themselves.

  8. I like authors who are bloggers, like me not just an author using a blog to advertise.

  9. Yes Joy I too am disappointed when an authors website is just a marketing tool with no other content and has obviously been set up by their publisher.
    An interesting project by an author is Jeff Vandermear over at Ecstatic Days who was reading one of the Penguin Great Ideas series each day and blogging about them. He has been interupted in this ambitious project but says he will return to it.
    I can now talk about some of the books I've never read:)

  10. Thanks for leaving a comment. The question made me think too - what a good idea to go search for favorite author blogs. Did you get a chance to visit Reality Sandwich?


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