During a late lull at yesterday’s Indie Authors Day at the American Fork Library, I jotted down some thoughts, intending to refine them and post them today. Here they are.

Authors Are People Too

Authors are people too. I’ve yet to find any who aren’t. (That’s not a shot at AI, but it could be.) I’ve met a handful of authors who have become celebrities; even they are still people. Celebrities becoming authors is not even remotely the same thing, but for all I know they’re people too.

If you’re shy about talking to an author at a book signing or some other event, try to remember this. The author is probably shy about talking to you, even if she’s learned not to show it.

That sounds a lot like something we say about rattlesnakes, but I’ve never met an author who was a rattlesnake or vice versa. It’s just that most of us are introverts. We enter the world through writing our words, which you then read – not by talking to people, and especially not by talking to strangers about ourselves and our creations.

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