It surprises me to realize that I am, in fact, affected by the way authors either act online or act specifically towards me or our blog.
I don’t usually email authors—heck, I don’t usually email anyone since I hate emailing—but the few times I have they’ve been incredibly nice to me. And even the only one that never replied, Nora Roberts, is a sweetheart. I’ve seen her comment on blogs and love the classy way she speaks her mind, so how could I hold her not replying against her? In addition, I can just imagine how many emails along the line of my “I’m your biggest fan” gushing she must receive a day.
However, there are others like Judith McNaught that I won’t be buying again. Her old books I will probably reread till death since they are some of my favorites ever, but I doubt I will be buying/reading any of her new things. Her BB was a mess; some of the fans crazy and hostile. I know for a fact that she was aware of this and didn’t seem to be bothered by it which made me think she couldn’t care that much about her readers if she was willing to have them flamed and attacked by a small group of fan girls.
There was also MaryJanice Davidson whose Undead and Unwed and Undead and Unemployed books I LOVED. When Harlot and I decided to start interviewing authors, she was the first we ever contacted. She rapidly (and nicely) agreed, but for some reason, after stopping by our blog and realizing that not EVERY single one of our readers enjoyed her, send us a rather rude email and was never to be heard of again. *confused* So you’ll understand if I don’t run out the door to buy her whenever one of her new titles is out LOL.
Anywho, I wanted to know if other people had had similar experiences. Have you ever contacted a writer that didn’t reply, or wrote back in a rude/mean way? I wonder if they realize that such behavior probably hurts them. I understand a lot of people will most likely be able to separate authors from their work, and the way they act will never affect them, but I, for some reason, can’t seem to do that. Anyone else with me on this?