Maggie Stiefvater published her first novel, Lament, in 2008 (per Wikipedia). She’s what I call new blood: authors who were first published after 2005. Twitter launched in 2006, just to offer some context.
I first encountered Maggie when someone recommended her YA werewolf novel Shiver. It was good. So good. In fact, Shiver spent more than 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. But we’re not here to celebrate Maggie’s traditional publishing creds. We’re here because…
Her tweets make us smile
When asked why certain pages in one of her books were misnumbered (“The pages skip from 186 to 219 and then 230 to 219. Can you explain this?”), Maggie replied:
Those pages contained a formula for turning butter into lightning. You can imagine it was dangerous; I removed them. https://t.co/eZ8uvtQPrk
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) October 15, 2015
And then there’s the time her car died at night and she was waiting for a tow truck…
Now my hazard lights slowly fade to darkness. I know it’s probably that the alternator melted in the fire, but it feels like the apocalypse. — Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) October 12, 2015
Or when she revealed that she actually had a fireproof racing suit (note the flip-flops on her feet).
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) September 30, 2015
And she proceeded to race with it!
That special moment when you fall in love (with an author, I mean!)
But the tweet that made me fall head over heels for her was when she shared this YouTube video, answering the question that had been on my mind since I first “met” her (yeah, haven’t actually met her, folks, it’s the illusion of closeness that social media provides):
Personality, folks. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.
And yes, I mean even your personality. Admittedly, some of us need professional help to discover what elements of our mundane lives might have this kind of potential (that’s why folks like Lisa England exist). But think about this for a moment: Maggie doesn’t just have ONE thing that stands out. She’s a mishmash of fascinating things.
She plays musical instruments (including bagpipes!) and writes songs to go with her books. She’s an artist. She has a thing for cars, or at least this one car. And fans LOVE IT ALL. If you click through her tweets, you’ll see people engaging with her all the time.
She might not have the highest numbers, but she’s dominating
Do you know another author that makes you smile whenever you see their tweets or Facebook posts? Share about them in the comments below. Maggie isn’t the only one, and so far as numbers go, I’m sure she’s not the “top”. That’s why I said in the title of this post, “It’s not who you think.” She’s top in my book, because she’s one of MY favorites. So who are yours?
In researching this post, I came across a couple of lists of YA authors who are rocking social media: The Best Children’s and YA Authors for Teachers to Follow on Twitter, Facebook and Beyond (not just for teachers!) and 15 YA AUTHORS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER. Check them out and see how they’re doing it.
Photo credit: Our new Author Branding Spotlight graphic incorporates a photo by Mark Fischer