Last week I told about my time at the Valley Authors Event and mentioned that afterwards, several writer friends and I went to dinner together.
One of the conversations was about authors each of us would never buy another book from because of their actions. Everyone had a story.
One told about hearing an author at a conference, enjoying hearing, buying the book and taking it to her to sign. The woman was in the book room at a signing table talking to the author next to her. She took the book, signed it and handed it back without interrupting her conversation or even acknowledging the person who'd bought the book.
Another told about a rather well-known author who won't even talk to people even those she's met before.
And yet another, bad-mouthed authors from small presses and blamed them for a smaller turnout than anticipated at a large mystery conference. Hello, small press authors buy books too.
And then there are those who can't stop talking about their own books and greatness when on a panel, never giving anyone else an opportunity. This is really bad when that person is the moderator.
I'm sure we've all had those experiences.
On the other side of the coin, some of the most famous and well-known authors are friendly to everyone.
Years ago I met Mary Higgins Clark at a small mystery conference. Nearly twenty years later I saw her at a cocktail party in New York during Edgar week. I spoke to her and told her where we'd met, she insisted she remembered me and introduced me to her at the time new husband. She also asked how my writing was coming.
Any time I run into Jan Burke she's as friendly as can be. We once spent a long afternoon in an airport together with our husbands waiting for weather to clear and had a great discussion.
William Kent Krueger is another author who always remembers everyone he's met, or at least acts like it, and if he really does know you, you'll probably get a big hug.
Our own Susan McBride is another one who is always friendly--a joy to see at any time.
I've also met 1/2 of Evelyn David who is sweet as can be.
I'm heading to San Francisco for Bouchercon tomorrow, I hope I mostly run into friendly authors.
I could name lots more authors who are always charming whenever you have the opportunity to meet them.
Of course I'm not a famous author, but I do hope people perceive me as a friendly one. I honestly love to meet new people and I'm thrilled when they buy one of my books and even more so when they let me know they enjoyed reading it.
Have you got any stories about authors whose books you won't buy any more because of how they acted? Or how about the other side, authors who make you feel like they are your friend.