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?
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