The writer before me in the chain was Tiffany (from the Bahamas). She had the fortuitousness of a brother's birthday to keep her on topic. I don't. At least, I don't think I do. The male side of the family only does weddings and graduations: I have no idea when my brothers' birthdays are. I tend to give them presents when I see them, just to be safe. I know when my sisters' birthdays are (long family story behind why I know some and not others), but they don't like celebrating either. Am I the only birthday-loving person out of seven of us? I give them presents when I see them, too. Mostly on Jewish holidays. Which are coming up. Eek! Lots and lots of presents to be bought.
I have already bought my mother's present. She seldom expresses an interest in particular things and keeps telling us "I don't need presents", but she *did* fall in love with Donna Maree Hanson's "Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview." Donna stayed with her for a few days this time last year because I decided that Donna and she would be soulmates - the best present one can give anyone is a new friend. I was right about the soulmates bit. I would come down in the morning and find Mum and Donna conversing very happily over breakfast. They looked up at me with such innocent faces that I knew exactly what they were talking about, too. I am a bit nervous as to how Donna will sign the copy of her book for Mum, but I guess I will just have to grin and bear it.
Mum loves that book - when she met my copy she kept opening it and saying "Oh, I like that author" and "Don't want to read that one" and "I pictured him looking quite different."
Meeting authors can be a fun thing. What's even more fun is sharing the excitement of someone else discovering new writers and more books by favourite writers. Your next new writer is Liv - she follows me in the blogchain. Give her a little time to put a post up, then enjoy!