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, https://yadadarcyyada.com/2021/01/30/chronic-not-hopeless/ ; 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.”
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.” ~
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 https://erikakind.me/and/or Cher https://thechicagofiles.com/ and/or “Versions of Self” by blogger/author, Christy Birmingham https://poeticparfait.wordpress.com/books-of-christy-birmingham/.
Also, blogger/author, Teagan Riordan Geneviene https://teagansbooks.com/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/03/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/07/15/see-you-again/
Another blogger/author and true gentleman, John W. Howell https://johnwhowell.com/author/ – 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.”
Author/Blogger, Wanda Argersinger “Lupus: The Sequel: Maybe I’m Okay”. https://wandaargersinger.com/
Inspiration jumped out at me from the pages of local London (Ontario Canada) Author/Artist/Model, Kathleen Elizabeth Sumpton https://www.kathleensumpton.com/ 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.” ~
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) https://lorddavidprosser1.wordpress.com/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/09/you-may-say-im-a-dreamer/ David’s a rare treasure, in Wales or anywhere.
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ~
Sally Cronin is not only a prolific and talented author and blogger https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/, 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.” ~
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. https://www.karenperkinsauthor.com/ https://www.karenperkinsauthor.com/blog https://www.facebook.com/groups/yorkshireghosts/ 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.” ~
Even more authors you won’t find on the “Bestsellers” list, but should be right up there:
- Luccia Gray https://lucciagray.com/
- Mary Smith https://marysmithsplace.wordpress.com https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/01/29/always-on-my-mind-blog-party/
“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”
- Hugh Roberts https://hughsviewsandnews.com/
- Bette A. Stevens https://4writersandreaders.com/
- Dan Alatorre https://danalatorre.com/
- Robbie Cheadle https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/author/robertalouisecheadle/
- Maine blogger/screenwriter and “neighbour” of Stephen King, transplanted New Yorker, Austin Hodgens https://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com/
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ~
- D. B. Kaye https://dgkayewrite r.com/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/04/06/the-wonder-of-you/
- Gwen Plano https://www.gwenplano.com/
- Adele Marie Park https://firefly465.wordpress.com/
- Ritu Bhathal https://ritubhathal.com/
- Geoff LePard https://geofflepard.com/
“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
- Vashti Quiroz Vega https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/about-the-author/
- Liz Gauffreau https://lizgauffreau.com/
- Sue Hampton https://www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk/
“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”
- Ellen Best https://ellenbest24.wordpress.com/
- MJ Mallon https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/10/17/the-curse-of-time/
“For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” ~
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.” ~
Live your own.