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Top Ten Books To Read Before Going To A Haunted Prison:
So, I’m going to a haunted prison this weekend. On purpose. Because I love to be scared (in a safe way). I’m going with 3 girlfriends (not Kim, Kim is much too sane for this kind of crazy) to Moundsville, West Virginia to spend an entire evening (9pm to 5am) at a haunted penitentiary. I don’t think I believe in ghosts… but I scare easily, so I probably will come this Saturday. There’s still some slots open, peeps! Just click here and you too can pay good money to have yourself scared shizless!
I’m also more than ready for the Fall and Halloween, so I’m dreaming of all kinds of things that go bump in the night. Honestly, fictional horror and terror are a lot easier to deal with compared to our reality here in Virginia. My heart goes out to Charlottesville, even as we face having a similar gathering next month here in Richmond. I’m hoping and helping to shut that nonsense down, because I’d much rather deal with crazy murderers in my books instead of in my streets.
For this Top Ten Tuesday, which was a bit of freebie, I just picked books that would get the reader in the mood for a trip to a haunted house and/or prison. I still can’t believe I’m going to go. What the hell is wrong with me?
Before you can answer that, let’s move on!
Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Today’s question is:
Do you think bloggers and authors can really be friends?
Yes, absolutely! It’s funny, because just the other weekend I hosted my friend, author Christina June, at Fountain Bookstore, along with a couple of other debut authors (Katy Upperman and Gwen Cole). I met Christina years ago through blogging, and waited for 2 years after she announced her book deal to finally get to read her book, It Started With Goodbye. It was awesome to watch her go through the process of becoming a published author.
I meet a lot of authors at the bookstore, and I would call some of them friends. Yes, I still get star struck around some authors, but the vast majority of authors are normal people. People who also love books as much as I do. It’s kind of like book bloggers- would I like every single blogger I met? Probably not, but the framework for friendship (shared interest in books) is already pretty strong.
Now, does it change the way I view their writing? Probably. It’s part of the reason I love going to book signings, even years before I started moderating panels. I love hearing authors talk about their books and characters, love to know the stories behind the stories. It’s led me to read books I otherwise would have passed by, and usually it really adds to the whole book reading experience. I might lose some of my objectivity if I make friends with the author, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m not trying to win a Pulitzer Prize for Unpaid Book Blogger Reviews (which isn’t a thing, I just made that up), which let’s be honest, I probably wouldn’t qualify for since mostly I just do memes these days.
To sum up: yes, bloggers and authors can be friends. But remember, there’s a fine line between friendship and completely making up a relationship in your own head because you OMG LOVE their books so much!