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Initial post: Jul 8, 2012 9:54:10 AM PDT
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Dustin Hill says:
In my opinion, one of the great things about this new publishing age we're living in is there are so many authors out there, and most of them understand the importance of interacting with the readers. As a result, it is easier to actually meet an author in-person and get to know him or her a little bit.

So, I thought, why not have a thread about authors we personally know. What were your impressions? Anything interesting to share?

I recently went to the Tallgrass Writers Workshop in Emporia, Kan. and met these four authors, who were all very kind with their time and interesting.

1. Max McCoy: McCoy is a former journalist who covered the Timothy McVeigh case in OKC, and also wrote about a band of anti-goverment haters in southeast Kansas. He's gone on to have quite a writing career. He penned many of the Indiana Jones books, but has had most of his success in the Western genre.

2. Mark Bouton: I found Bouton very interesting. He is a former FBI agent who actually discovered one of the key pieces of information that led authorities to Timothy McVeigh after the OKC bombing. He has a great story about how the big break in the case was the McVeigh signed the wrong name for a takeout order of Chinese at a Junction City, Kan. hotel. Bouton has a book titled How to Spot Lies like the the FBI.

3. Caleb J. Ross: Ross doesn't have anything to do with Timothy McVeigh, or at least he didn't admit to it. But what was interesting about him is he writes such macabre novels yet has such a lighthearted personality.

4. Dustin Hill: Hill is a working journalist. He told a story about interviewing Warren Buffett on the showroom floor of a furniture store. Buffett owned the furniture store, if that makes it any less weird. Hill has written a financial thriller, The Chinese Banker, that has plot that involves a Chinese conspiracy to wage financial war against the U.S.

So, four authors in one confercene that cost me less than $50 to attend. How about you guys? Who is the most interesting author you have met?

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 11:30:09 AM PDT
My poor C.D. Lake.
Here you are, innocently posting about your interest in authors, and receiving no response. You may be wondering what is wrong.
I will tell you.
Authors are universally hated on the Amazon forums. If it were possible to produce books without recourse to actual writers, many here would jump at the chance. These author-haters are known by many names: they are police cows, harpies, termagants, forum vigilantes, and various other less popular terms. They have several threads dedicated to the extermination of authors. Just to cite one example, check out the Badly Behaving Authors thread in the Romance forum. Here, author executions are conducted on a daily basis. Against this army of harpies stands the puny platoon of trolls, who try to fightthe worst abuses, but only rarely succeed.
If you value your life, do not advertise your interest in authors.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:33:55 AM PDT
the worst thing is way too many incompetent authors
and their millions of krappy books hide the few worth reading

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:35:03 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 9, 2012 11:35:49 AM PDT
Hi there, Whomper!
It's been a while.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:36:46 AM PDT
nameinuse says:
Well, I think you're being a bit harsh. Famous authors are probably a better topic though. Until I started being on the Amazon forums, I clearly was unaware how many people have actually written and published books that I am genuinely not interested in reading.
And I adore books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:37:33 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 9, 2012 11:39:12 AM PDT
We were once involved in a disagreement with Anna Karenina and several others at the same time.
You advised me to chill, something I am not capable of doing.

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Posted on Jul 9, 2012 11:41:43 AM PDT
I believe C.D.Lake was more interested in authors than in books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:43:32 AM PDT
Famous authors may be costlier to meet. Mr/Ms Lake was able to meet four lesser known authors for 50 dollars.
I see possibilites for organized package tours.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:49:59 AM PDT
But that's not the same as getting to gaze raptly upon their blessed countenance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:50:23 AM PDT
Surely that's not possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:52:42 AM PDT
who wants to waste time to gaze on incompetent people pretending to be authors

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:56:02 AM PDT
nameinuse says:
If I read something they'd written that piqued my interest or that I admired, I'd be interested in gazing upon their countenance.

I did go to high school with someone who later went on to win a Pulitzer prize for a play he wrote. They made one of his plays into a movie which I bought on DVD at a dollar store when I ran across it standing in a checkout line.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:56:07 AM PDT
How would you feel about competent people pretending to be authors?
Say, competent plumbers?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:56:44 AM PDT
That's not much of an endorsement.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 11:58:07 AM PDT
nameinuse says:
Well, sometimes life is just funny that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 12:18:49 PM PDT
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