Ladies and gentlemen, we are just three short days away from a monumental Alcove event. On August 1, I will host my very first guest post by . . . *drumroll, please* . . . a real, live author.
A real, live author. Here. On my blog. To say that I’m ridiculously giddy would be the understatement of the world.
So how did this amazing occurrence come about? Well, I’m glad you asked! Several months ago, my favorite new-to-me blogger Jessica at The Bluestocking Society announced that she and several other Utah book bloggers were going to host a Utah Book Month in August. She invited all interested book bloggers to participate, and even though I live approximately 2,000 miles away and my Utah experience is limited to three (yes, I said three) trips across the Utah salt flats in the Summer of 2004, I eagerly signed up. Shortly after that I received an email informing me that Heather Dixon, author of Entwined, had agreed to write a guest post for my little ol’ blog. All I had to do was email her a topic.
Come up with a guest post topic? For a real, live author? I had absolutely no idea what to tell her, so I did what every reader does in a situation like this: I read. I read her book, I read her blog, I read interviews. And then I came to the conclusion that I completely adore Heather Dixon. She has a fantastic sense of humor (if you don’t have time to read her entire blog – which you really should do – at least read her Oregon Trail post. I read it multiple times and it never stopped being funny), and as if that isn’t enough to endear her to my heart forever and ever, she also loves Terry Pratchett.
When I learned this, I really, really wanted to write her a gushing “OMG-I-so-totally-love-Terry-Pratchett-too-we’re-soul-mates-be-my-BFF-forever-and-always” email, but I thought that might terrify her. Instead I played it cool, like I email real, live authors all the time, and just sent her a list of possible guest post topics. I gave her the option of writing a post about Terry Pratchett, and even though I told her she could choose whichever topic she wanted, I secretly hoped she would choose that one.
And she did! So come back on Wednesday to read Heather Dixon’s Terry Pratchett post. It’s going to be awesome.