There are so many places to go to learn, get entertained, research and promote on the internet. As a debut author just learning the ropes I was quickly deluged with recommendations: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc. I remember when all you knew about an author was the quick bio in their books. Today authors are encouraged to talk to their fans and let everyone see that they are more than just a name on a cover.
But is that such a good thing?
The freedom to express who you are and your views to a global audience is wonderful. But how much should you share? Could sharing too much actually hinder your effort?
This morning I was on a forum and one of the threads discussed authors’ behaviour and how it could change a fan’s opinion enough to stop them buying anything with their name on it altogether. As the thread went on more and more people were being convinced that one author in particular was a horrible human being and had to be boycotted at all costs all because of their social views. Several other authors were mentioned as well for having everything from horrible personalities to making fun of reviewers. Of course upon learning this more people were turned off their work, some were even scared off before even taking a look.
How about you? Without naming names, have you ever had and author say or do something to turn you off their work? Do you care what authors say or do outside of their books? Authors, how much of yourself do you share?
Rumors of Aurelia Popkiss’s death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, she and her crew have been drifting through the big black, scavenging to survive since the day she “died.” Yet after years of being on the wrong side of less than favorable odds, they never thought that finding a young girl stowed away on their ship would prove to be among the worst things to happen to them.
From the moment Aurelia finds Kateryn concealed in her cabin, Auri knows she’s hiding something. But even Aurelia can’t imagine the true reason for the stowaway’s sudden appearance in her life.
Kateryn’s past is as convoluted and murky as Aurelia’s own. The girl is out for revenge and nothing is going to stop her from destroying Aurelia and her crew—including Keys, Aurelia’s fellow shipmate and the man she’s secretly in love with—to get it.
Kait was born and raised in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and started writing to entertain herself during the long winters as a child. Insatiably curious with a love of learning new things, she picked up many random skills including three languages, and two martial arts. After travelling three continents (the other four are on her bucket list), she settled in England with her family where she spends most of her time cultivating her daughter’s love of reading and writing, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper and trying out dialogue on her cat.