Yes, I know it’s been a bit quiet around here. Between Fantastic Fest and the LitReactor launch I’ve been muy busioso. But this isn’t a blog about my personal life, so enough about me! Let’s talk about me! I’ve written a fabulous post over at LitReactor about the top 10 jerk authors of all time. I know most of the people who read this blog are barely literate, but chances are your favorite author is on the list. Go check it out.
Hero worship is a dangerous proposition, especially in literature. Writers are a notoriously temperamental bunch, and few are suited to a Brad Pitt level of public scrutiny. By putting your favorite author on a pedestal, you are setting yourself up for disappointment should you ever choose to peer behind the curtain. This is especially true in our futuristic computer world. The majority of my research for Cavalcade consisted of me Googling “[author's name] is a jerk.” The zeroes and ones did the rest. Used to be in the old days you had to have an altercation with a celebrity on the street to get a bad impression of them. Now it’s as easy as tapping a few keys.