One thing many authors love to do is engage with their readers in a more intimate level.
I certainly do!
I love every chance to get to know my readers, who will be devoting some of their hard-earned time and money to purchase A Drowned Kingdom. I want to allow the reader the same opportunity to discuss my books and gab about writing and fantasy fiction (some of my favorite topics) with me and provide them with the opportunity to get to know me in turn.
This can be accomplished in a variety of ways: responding directly to inquiries / emails from readers via website (www.plstuart.com); chatting on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and author interviews, via podcast, YouTube, etc. Just to add, I would love to chat with you Facebook / Twitter, so please follow me @plstuartwrites and I will follow you back!
I do so enjoy meeting new people, forming friendships, uplifting, supporting, and learning about people (especially readers and the writing community). I also am thrilled to let the world know about A Drowned Kingdom and The Drowned Kingdom Saga. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes get nervous about the engagement with others.
I’m human, and as outgoing and gregarious as I can be, I have an introverted side to me, that may be reticent to open myself up to others, for fear of not being liked. Still, the best way to conquer that trepidation, I have found, is to really take a big leap into the pool of exposing oneself in terms of breadth of “putting yourself out there”. There are few bigger pools in that regard than the absolute ocean of YouTube.
So, my first interview as an author, I am happy to announce, was on YouTube. I’m so glad I did it! I had a blast! I largely attribute the amount of fun I had in that interview to my amazing interviewer. He was the first interviewer to be gracious enough to reach out to me on Twitter, and request that I come on his YouTube channel, to speak about my new career as an Indie fantasy author and about my debut novel A Drowned Kingdom.
I could not have been more honoured, nor had a better person to interview me for the first time as an author, than the wonderful @SmartCherrysTho, otherwise known as Sai Charan Paloju! Sai Charan’s channel is Smart Cherry‘s Thoughts - YouTube .
For those of you who may not be familiar with Smart Cherry, as he is affectionately known, he is a highly popular YouTuber and influential social media presence, with over twenty-six thousand followers on Twitter (!!!). He is prolific in the numerous interviews he conducts. Smart Cherry has done hundreds of interviews with a variety of guests from literally all over the world!
But it’s also about quality, not merely quantity with this warm, friendly, and very likeable young gentleman!! Smart Cherry gives viewers to his channel an eclectic group of interviewees, from authors and poets, professional athletes, politicians, to law enforcement and military personnel, to activists, to organized crime members, medical professionals, and more. The scope and diversity of the people Smart Cherry interviews is frankly staggering! Smart Cherry does a fantastic job of bringing the viewer a peek into the world of people from all over the world, which is the stated aim of his channel.
He’s a great interviewer, and for me, nervous about my first time introducing P.L. Stuart to the world on the screen, he made my experience so much better than I could have hoped for. Thanks again Smart Cherry and can’t wait to chat to again with you again after A Drowned Kingdom is released!
You can see my interview with Smart Cherry attached at the end of this blog! Check it out!
Please feel free to comment on this and future blogs and I will be sure to get back to you. Chat soon!
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