Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Ten Authors I'd Love to Meet

You know, social networking is a funny thing. Before book blogging all I ever I knew about my favorite authors was their body of work. But with the popularity of Twitter and Facebook, it's possible to see the person behind the story.

I've lucked out, so far I've found all the authors I loved before book blogging have either very pleasant or neutral online personas. My favorites can stay my favorites and all is right with the world.

(Wouldn't you just be heartbroken to discover one of your favorite writers isn't very nice?!)

What's been a true joy though, is discovering authors whose gracious reputation online precedes them. Some authors just seem to go above and beyond when it comes to reaching out to their readers or helping other writers. From my connections with them on blogs or on Twitter, these authors have consistently impressed me with their gracious, friendly, and humorous interactions.

I would love to meet any one of them in person.

1. Julie Lessman- I'm not sure I've met a friendlier author anywhere on the World Wide Web than Julie Lessman. Find her at Seekerville to see what I'm talking about.

2. Rachel Hauck- I've been a fan of Rachel's work for years, so it was a huge blessing to see the giving, godly woman she is online. After following her on Twitter, I'd read her all over again.

3. Jody Hedlund and 4. Laura Frantz are both authors whose work gets rave reviews from my book blogger friends but it's their gracious interactions with their blog readers that really caught my attention. They're definitely in my TBR pile, I look forward to reading and reviewing their upcoming novels.

5. Jenny B Jones and 6. Mary Connealy are both stinkin' hilarious online and in print. They seem like the kind of people you'd want at your dinner parties, or at the very least in your blog feeds.

7. Lisa Bergren She followed me on Twitter and that was the beginning of my love affair with Marcello Fiorelli. My life might never be the same...

8. Michael Snyder- This is an author who dispenses sage advice on the craft and business side of writing to wannabes like myself at one of my favorite message boards. He's always gracious and humble, and though he writes a genre I don't review, I can't help noticing he's a stand up guy.

9. Dana Pratola and 10. Linda Yezak are special to me because I met them online before I was a book blogger. They've been huge encouragements in my personal writing journey and I'm thrilled to pieces about their debut novels which both released this year.

Leave me a comment to tell me which authors you would like to meet in person. (Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish).

Check out these titles by some of the friendliest authors online:


  1. Oddly, I have not heard of any of these authors. Excellent. I love to discover new writers!

    Here's my Top Twenty-Seven Authors I'd Love to Meet (Sorry, I Couldn't Stop at Ten). I hope you will stop by. Also, don't forget to enter my July Giveaway.

  2. This past weekend I was blessed to attend a writers' retreat with workshops taught by Rachel Hauck. Her easy-going, fun personality reminded me of a very good childhood friend. Good one to have on your list! Would like to meet Laura, too, and I love Linda. She's a sweetie!

  3. I got Jody Hedlund after I read your reviews of one of her books. It's really nice to have authors match the image you have from reading them.

  4. I love your list!!!! Many on yours would also be on mine! But I'd like to add a couple of secular authors to my mix: Maria V. Snyder, Janet Evanovich (yes her books can be trashy, but I can only imagine that she's the type of gal who could make you laugh til your milkshake came out your nose)and J.K. Rowling. I mean, really. J.K. Rowling. Phenom.

  5. I am so going to have to steal this idea. Hope you don't mind. ;-)

    Pretty much your list is my list, with a few minor variations. And YES isn't it amazing how AWESOME these authors are?? I am always amazed and blessed and blown away. ;-)

  6. @Casey- Yes, steal away. There are at least 100 other bloggers writing about the same topic. :) And I'm green with envy b/c unlike my list, you'll actually be able to meet most of yours at ACFW this year!

    @Serena- Janet Evo sounds like she'd be a riot! And JK is inspirational, the way she managed to write all of those books from a coffee shop.

    @Myne- I actually haven't reviewed any of Jody's work (yet). She did come on here once as a celebrity reviewer. Maybe that's what you mean?

    @Naomi- I bet she'd be a great conference presenter.

    @Deb- Thanks for stopping in, I'm going to get over to your list too.

  7. Hi Joy! I'm truly honored to make your list!! And what an encouraging post! Thank you for taking the time to uplift a few authors this way. It means SO much!!

  8. I've actually met Michael Snyder and I am pretty good friends with Mary Conneally, Julie Lessman, Laura Frantz, Jenny B. Jones, and Rachel Hauck. I suppose I would like to meet Lisa Bergren. I've never met her. I've met a lot of cool people like Liz Curtiss Higgs, Ted Dekker, Robert Liparulo, Francine Rivers, Robin Lee Hatcher, Tracie Peterson, Lisa Samson, etc. I can't think of many people I haven't met that I'd love to meet. I'll have to think on that one more, I suppose. I totally adore Julie, Laura and Jenny. They are three of my favorite people as well as authors. I admire their writing, too.

  9. Id love to meet Lisa Bergren as well, the first book I ever read of hers was one of my toddlers books...:)

    I think it would be awesome to meet Ted Dekker, Francine Rivers, Jenny B. Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins...

  10. Save me a place at the table because I would love to meet all of them too! Couldn't agree more with all the lovely things you had to say. The joys of social media!

  11. Great blog post, Joy - Dana is a fav of mine, too. :-) I'd love to meet Karen Kingsbury and share a latte!

  12. @Marianne- Yeah, I would love to pick the brain of someone like Karen Kingsbury.

    @Lydia- That would be fun to get them all together at the same time.

    @Tina- great picks!

    @Michelle- I gotta say, I'd love to meet you one day too! :)

    @Jody-Thanks so much for stopping in! You do a great job with your blog, I read it all the time.

  13. Thanks Joy, then I will! ;-)

  14. I'm so honored! Wow! What a great list! I'd love to have coffe with you all! ;) Rachel

  15. Thanks Rachel! I'll take you up on it one day.

    Hi Juju! :)

  16. Great list, Joy! I'd love to meet Julie Lessman and Laura Frantz, too! I've had the pleasure of getting to know them online, and I know it would be such a blessing to meet them in person. Maybe someday -- a girl can dream! : )

  17. JOY!!! You read my mind, girlfriend -- I would LOVE to meet you too!! Heck, not just meet, but hug and have dinner with and share secrets. I was SO freakin' jealous when Ruthy got to meet you in New York, but I'm counting on a meeting with you, too, someday soon!! So THANK YOU, my sweet friend, for the honor of being on your list!

    One of my dreams is inviting ALL of my favorite bloggers (of which you and Casey and the two Michelles are part of) to lunch. I actually did this in Atlanta about three years ago, where four of my favorite bloggers live. I stayed with a friend in her beautiful home, and she and I actually made lunch for all my blogger friends and Patty Smith Hall and Missy Tippens, too -- two Georgia peaches!! It was a memory I will never forget. I hope and pray you and I get the chance someday.

    Oh, and JuJu ... I have the privilege of being on the private Seeker loop with Mary Connealy, and honest to God, I don't know a funnier person!! When I laugh at my computer, my husband always turns around and says, "Okay, what'd Mary say now?" :)


  18. Julie- I would love to pick writing secrets out of your brain! One day we'll make it happen. Or you could come do a book signing in Western NY....hint, hint, hint. :)

    Michelle- Do you write? Any chance we'll meet at ACFW one day?


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