1. How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift?
2. Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance?
Some of my favorite authors I learned about and read for the first time in school: Austen, Hardy, Dickens, the Brontes, etc. Many of them were NOT love at first sight, but ones I had to warm up to.
I learned about Shannon Hale when she came to our library and I loved her book The Goose Girl, instantly!
I learned about Stephenie Meyer from a newspaper article and I fell in love with her books instantly too.
Markus Zusak was one I learned about from book clubs and blogs and all the Book Thief talk last year. Afte reading a couple other books of his, I fell in love.
I discovered Orson Scott Card when I was newly married and I just read book after book after book of his from the library. Same with Anya Seton.
Wilkie Collins I just stumbled upon, picking up A Woman in White somewhere, sometime. After that, we just kept adding him to our library.
I'm thinking I could go on and on with the author thing here. But I'll stop now!