To me the greatest privilege of being a book blogger is to be able to talk to the brilliant minds behind your favorite books.
Sometimes, out of nowhere authors barge in on your conversations about their books on twitter- and honestly? I still get starstruck every single time.
...is this unprofessional?
There are some authors that I have had back and forth conversations with, and I'm still shocked whenever I see them in my twitter mentions.
However, with authors that are super active on tumblr, I've come across people that consider this unprofessional. Especially John Green, who's super popular among YA readers over there, is very transparent and answers messages all the time. I think it's great that he's so in touch with his fans, I mean in the end authors are people, too.
Actually, I think it's important to remind ourselves that the person behind let's say - the Hunger Games series, is human, too.
It's super sweet and flattering to see the nice reactions if you post a positive review and tag the author in it. Sometimes, they will reply and I love that. I love being able to tell someone personally that I admire their work and had a great time reading their book.
...what about commenting on reviews?
I've seen authors actually comment on reviews on Goodreads before and that's where I personally draw the line.
I love twitter interactions, I love it when authors answer messages and all, but when I see that an author commented on one of my reviews, I cringe a little. Personally, I would feel pressured to sugarcoat things if I knew that the writer would actually read my review. A certain distance is necessary for me, but that doesn't mean that you can't talk to someone.
I've seen authors try to defend their book, but only to negative reviews. Honestly, if I saw an author that I previously loved do this, I would probably never buy a book from them again.
Distance is super essential in that profession, but it's not excluding interaction.
I'm over the moon happy whenever authors talk to me. I'm even happier knowing that some of them actually read my blog posts. It's a little surreal, actually.