Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Getting to know authors through their blogs
What sparked this walk down memory lane? A magazine on display, one which I had made a special trip down that particular aisle to see if it was on the shelves. Yes... and despite having to explain to my husband the expenditure... it went into my shopping cart. ;)
For the picture on the front cover of the latest Country Gardens is the California garden of my blog friend, Sharon Lovejoy... not to mention a delightful article within the pages. Sharon's latest book is Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars; Grandma's Bag of Tricks but I first heard of her with the book Sunflower Houses.
Sharon's blog posts gives those of us who love her books a chance to really get to know her. If California wasn't quite so far from the Midwest, I'd show up at her front door with tea and homemade scones for a chat. :)
Another lovely author who has become a blog friend wrote one of my all time favorite books... Frugal Luxuries... perhaps my most reread book. That, of course, being Tracey McBride. I'd love to chat with Tracey face to face and I have a feeling the chat would last for hours and hours. She is a lovely person!
Then there has been online correspondence which created face-to-face, person-to-person, special friendships, as happened with my friend Sally Clarkson. Sally's books were proof to me we do "read to know we are not alone" and her tapes (now CD's) were sources of inspiration in my homeschooling years.
When Stephanie was growing up, even her friends would at times think we were rather odd. We loved old books and used words they didn't always understand (picked up from our reading and not to impress), we loved chatting together over coffee and came to love tea parties, we loved all things "English" and were rather "Old World"... and if that were not enough... our faith was at the center of all we did. We also moved around a great deal and Steph grew up away from her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
We found another family similar to us in the pages of Sally's books. She is Velveteen Rabbit real. In her books and on her blog, she shares her wisdom and experience as well as her imperfections. Having spent time with Sarah and upon meeting Joel, they are proof that Sally and Clay have practiced what they preached... good people... none of us perfect but all on the journey to become more like Him.
Just a few other blogs by people whose books I have read...
Karey Swan (with links to her other blog)
Nancy Lindemeyer (Victoria Magazine)
While blogs will never replace my love of books, they do bless us with opportunities to get to know those who write them.
Picture: A Good Book; allposters.com