In the past, devout readers with gusto for high-brow literature were pretty much bang out of luck if they fancied meeting their favorite writers.
Procuring an autograph would mean you’d have to make a long voyage (well, depending on where you live, that is) and then hope your celebrity author was home when you do arrive.
Nowadays, however, since we live in the age of the World Wide Web, you can gain access to your favorite writer’s online premises and even contact them! (If they’re in the habit of actually answering fan messages)
In this article, we’ll point to you some authors with a notable online presence, so you can see their thoughts and opinions on different matters, as well as be in the hub of events when a brand new sequel is announced. Here they are:
Famous for his bestseller The Alchemist, the Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho is also well-known as an avid user of social media.
In the year of 2014, he created The Paulo Coelho Foundation, a website representing a collection of his work. It’s available in Portuguese and English, so go and have a look if you haven’t already!
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a world-renown British Indian novelist. He was awarded The Booker Prize in 1981 for Midnight’s Children, a magical realist novel describing the post-colonial India.
In 1988, his novel Satanic Verses caused a major uproar within the Muslim communities across the world, which went so far that the British government had to put him under police protection due to constant death threats he was receiving.
On the brighter side, he’s somewhat active on social media sites of Twitter and Facebook.
Well-known for her novels, poetry, as well as environmental activism, Margaret Atwood is one of Canada’s most recognized faces when it comes to literature.
Other than winning numerous awards for her written work, Atwood has also managed to invent a device for putting pen to paper- remotely. Conveniently called LongPen, this device enables you to sign a document using your tablet PC, which is then converted to the real deal somewhere else with the help of a robot!
So far, this contraption has proven useful for one Conrad Black, a writer who couldn’t attend the signing of his book because he was arrested days before.
She’s known to be active on Twitter, as well as some other alternative platforms such as Wattpad.
Having authored six novels so far, Colson Whitehead has been the recipient of some awards, including The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Underground Railroad. He also published two works of non-fiction.
His social media outlet of choice is Twitter so that you can follow him there. He’s been pretty active recently, too.
Here at Phoenix Rising Phoenix, we like to make sure that our writer’s voices are heard and that they can claim the ownership of their work. Since we’re always looking for new people, if you’re an author yourself, we’d like to invite you to consider partnering up with us!