As a bookseller and a librarian I’ve met lots of authors over the years. Some I’ve never heard of, others I know of but haven’t read any of their books. When I know they’re coming I try to read at least one of their books so that I can understand what they’re talking about and at least look like I’m a huge fan.
These authors are always particularly grateful that you know who they are because they inevitably don’t get many fans lining up to get their books signed. One author such as this (I won’t name names) who I met a couple of years ago at The Children’s Bookshop had so few visitors that he actually fell asleep in his comfortable chair in the shop window and I had to nudge him to wake him up when a young fan wanted her book signed.
Then there are some of my favourite authors who I can’t wait to meet and almost count down the days until their visit. I gobble up as much as I can of what they’ve written and find out what I can about them from interviews so that if I found myself having a conversation with them I’d know what to talk about.
When I go to the Somerset Writer’s Festival from 17-19 March I will be able to meet some of my favourite children’s and young adults writers including Patrick Ness, Markus Zusak and Derek Landy. I’m trying to think of some profound and interesting questions to ask them when I get to meet them, as this may be my only chance. My only problem is that when I’ve made my way through the line to get my book signed and am standing in front of them I get a bit star struck and have no idea what to say.
I’d like to know what question or questions you would ask your favourite authors if you had the chance to talk with them face-to-face?