Why we Post

Just read an article in the New York Times about why authors Twitter. Some use it strictly as a means of promotion: announcements of new books, signings, tours. Some use Twitters to be in touch with readers in a more familiar way, to make readers feel they are all friends. Not that those authors aren’t sincerely interested in their readers and in knowing each other. And some Twitters are gregarious and like the back and forth of the process and actually have interesting bits to share. Like the Twitter I just reposted from @Darin Strauss about God and black holes and Tim Tebow. Now if I thought of interesting little 140 character nuggets like that one, I’d be twittering all the time, too.

Sadly, lots of us authors are, however talented in some ways, not good at the Darin Strauss constructions. Some of us are introverted or shy enough that even interaction through electronic media is a little iffy. Don’t wish to evoke the author as recluse in the attic image, but there is a smidge of truth to it. Maybe it’s also partly a generational thing. I’m old enough that all this electronic media makes me feel like there is a swarm of bees buzzing my head. My phone will take pictures, which is miraculous, but I don’t need my phone to take pictures. I never remember it will do it if an occasion for pictures arises. And the main factor for me is that I imagine the millions of people out there engaging in electronic media and feel overwhelmed and inadequate. So I guess this is a post about why I don’t post more. It’s because I’m introverted, old enough to remember Ma Bell and party lines with nostalgia, and also because I’m so very humble, and of course proud of that.

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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