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how i met your author

Let me tell you the story of how i met your author (maybe your most favourite ever author). Over 5 decades ago I learned to read. I realized then, I would never be alone again. With me always: friends, family, and unfailing boon companions.

I’ve never been able to answer questions like, “What’s your fav food?”, “Fav movie?”, “Fav TV show” and certainly not, “What’s your fav book?”. You know those, “If you could only take one type of food with you to a desert island” quizzes, I’d be an epic fail, wait, could it be a dessert island, I’d be amazing there! Sign me up!

Books are different with different times, moods, phases, places, different me-s. Though some things never change. Erm, like chocolate…and cake, especially chocolate cake.

I think in these “interesting” times we’re feeling a distinct lack of “freedom”. Some of that feeling is perspective, maybe a smidgen of self-pity. I’m not going to ramble on (shock!) about positivity, but from my observations, the people that have weathered this storm relatively well, at least stayed in the boat, have kept busy and kept away from negativity and whining. 

Some of the ways I’ve kept busy: started a “group”, “Chronic Not Hopeless” (CNH) , of people with common interests having get togethers – sharing, laughing, chatting, ; binge-watching/catching up (“Stumpton”, “Shadow and Bone”, “Perfect Harmony”, “The Irregulars”, “Nightflyers”, “Miss Scarlet and the Duke”, “Coroner”; “Guilt”; “State of Mind”, “Doc Martin”, and more); yoga/Tai Chi/Qigong, dancing; walking; reflecting; connecting; webinars; Zoom stuff; virtual appointments; organizing/decluttering (I’m moving and thought, this is a good chance to unclutter me too); playing board games/card games,/video games; writing though not yet published, despite having written a lot about publishing, i.e.,

 – oh and blogging (very, very slow blogging, let’s call it,um, turtle blogging) – I’ve started a ton of blogs but each time, the words just disappear into the ether, struggling to empty my brain (here goes); and yes, of course, reading, so much reading. 

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
~Jane Smiley

I think the best day for indie authors will be when they’re just called, “authors”, not indie, just what they are, authors. Many indie authors and authors of smaller publishing companies or self-publishing are just as good, if not better, than authors tethered to giant publishing houses.

The only difference? They don’t have massive marketing machines and PR departments convincing people you “need” this new book, oh, and that book and this book and that book.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~Haruki Murakami

I’m not going to recommend any books to you, not going to “sell” you any books or authors. I’m going to let you know about my experiences with “indie” authors, aka authors and you can do as you will with the information.

In all transparency, I have connections, in one form or another, with most of the authors I’m going to tell you about. That’s not as unusual as it may seem. Some I know, or their family, or friends. Many are fellow bloggers. Also, these authors are accessible, they enjoy interacting with their readers all the time, not just during a book tour.

Looking for some summer reading? Any season is reading season…

Inspiration can be found in the obvious places, “101 Kind Quotes: Daily Inspirations” by blogger/author Erika Kind Cher and/or “Versions of Self” by blogger/author, Christy Birmingham

Also, blogger/author, Teagan Riordan Geneviene 

Another blogger/author and true gentleman, John W. Howell – I just finished “Eternal Road: The Final Stop”.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
― Anna Quindlen

Author/Blogger, Wanda Argersinger “Lupus: The Sequel: Maybe I’m Okay”.

Inspiration jumped out at me from the pages of local London (Ontario Canada) Author/Artist/Model, Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton   Not only is her work authentic (I know, I used the “a” word, it’s over-used, yes, but some people are the genuine deal). Reading Sumpton’s 4 books a thought popped into my head that wouldn’t be ignored or banished, why did I stop writing poetry, it was my first love before prose, what stopped me? I don’t remember (or maybe I don’t want to remember), but this reading experience made me realize I’d been holding back, filtering. I know, a lot of you are thinking, you filter yourself? Yes, I do. I couldn’t tell you which book or poem I liked best, they all had their unique moments, they were all unrestrained, powerful, and a variety of emotions seeped through the pages. That’s what I love about reading, you never know how it’s going to make you feel, what you’ll learn, when you’ll be inspired, as with their books – books not only take you from this world, they also deliver you back, usually with gifts in tow.

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~Cassandra Clare

You’re think you’ll enjoy the sheer fun and caring that is Lord David Prosser (a hug ambassador who I’m sure is thrilled to get past the hug embargo) David’s a rare treasure, in Wales or anywhere.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ~Lemony Snicket

Sally Cronin is not only a prolific and talented author and blogger, she’s a tireless supporter and promoter of other authors and bloggers. What would we do without her, I don’t ever want to think about finding out.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ~Jorge Luis Borges

Speaking of witches (were we?), do you yearn for safe passage to walk invisible, through Bronte country, then, now and in between? Then have I got an author for you. I must warn you, Karen Perkin’s books/ebooks/audio books, well, they’re simply addictive, aren’t they? So be warned, you need to have your tea steeped and ready (or other beverage of choice, what’s in your cup is your business), a comfy chair, and maybe a haunted chocolate biscuit or three. You will be enchanted.                                              Are you ready for intriguing glimpses of history/herstory through riveting supernatural journeys? Let the threads of the past tug at us, connect us, flinging us into the gloaming, where, strangely, we’ll wish to revisit. 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~C.S. Lewis

Even more authors you won’t find on the “Bestsellers” list, but should be right up there:

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”
~Stéphane Mallarmé

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ~Stephen King

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
~Neil Gaiman

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”
~G.K. Chesterton

“For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” ~Jane Austen

I could go on and on, but you get the point, there’s endless stories waiting to be told, endless stories waiting for you to unfold. Read some of them. Tell your own.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison

Live your own.


Very me

47 thoughts on “how i met your author

  1. I’m honoured to be in such exalted company. I’m also delighted to be in your company again after what seems like an age. Thank you so much for the kind mention, I’ surprised to think maybe you survived one of my books and can still bear to read anything. As always I send you,
    Humongous Hugs and the wish they weren’t just virtual.


    1. You’re always in my heart, dearest David and hope the world is being just a little kinder each and every day.
      I’ll take the hugs, virtual or in person. Thank you, dear friend.
      Stay safe, stay you and sending back a billion hugs and best wishes xoxoxoxoxoxo


  2. Loved the whole post Donna. And loved this quote: “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~Haruki Murakami So much truth! Thanks bunches for including me on your author recommend list. Truly humbled to be included. Big hugs, and I could totally get into moving to a ‘dessert’ island. 🙂 ❤


    1. Giant giant, ginormous hugs, Debby, and yeah, I need a dessert island, heck, a whole archipelago!!! xoxoxoxo
      Stay safe and hope this weekend treats you well, dear one. xoxoxo


    1. I’ve been moving and am racing, like the turtle I am to get caught up. Thank you Sally, for doing all you do, even now promoting authors and bloggers, sharing joy with the world. We need more of that spread around. Hope this weekend treats you kindly, dear Sally. Stay safe and most of all, stay you. Big hugs xoxox

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      1. You’re always a ray of sunshine and yes, finally starting to look like we actually live here lol 😉
        Thank you for your kind words and hoping this weekend is being good to you so far. 🙂
        Giant good things hugs xoxo

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  3. Thank you so much Donna for the lovely shout out amongst so many wonderful indie authors. My YA fantasy is in the process of being republished by a small, independent publisher, with new cover, etc. I’ll share more soon, exciting times ahead.


    1. I’ve been moving and am racing, like the turtle I am to get caught up. Thank you Sally, for doing all you do, even now promoting authors and bloggers, sharing joy with the world. We need more of that spread around. Hope this weekend treats you kindly, dear Sally. Stay safe and most of all, stay you. Big hugs xoxox


  4. Thank you for sharing all the authors and people i am adoring too, Donna! I hope you are well, all is nice, and you are staying save. I apologize for the very long delay, in visiting your blog. All the best! Enjoy the new week! Michael


    1. Don’t worry about it, I’m in slow-mo turtle mode and moving so things are hectic but I have an idea for a blog post and going to get on that soon. Thank you and hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂 xox

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  5. Me? A mench? gosh, seriously? Swoon! Thank you. I’m.. you know… thingy… I’m beyond whelmed…. totally over it. Most chuffed. The Chuffest I’ve been in weeks….


  6. I’m familiar with the works of many of these authors and I agree wholeheartedly with you that their books are equally as good (sometimes better) than those from the big publishing companies who have the budgets and means to push their own books into prominence. This is a great list!


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