Faeries Are Not Your New Minions

This is a special edition of Friday Reader Rambles. Welcome to the first Author Spotlight! Over the past week, it has occurred to me that every now and then, I become obsessed with one author or another and stalk them on social media. And when I say stalk, I mean in a completely harmless, I just spent an hour scrolling through their pictures, kind of way. Usually it’s women, because most of my favorites are women, and every now and then, I just become fascinated with them. These women not only wrote amazing stories I fell in love with, but they’re just generally awesome people everywhere else too.
This week, Maggie Stiefvater. Now, Wednesday night, as Bear and I were winding down from an evening of recreational gaming time, a sound carried out from my office. Bear was confused, wondering what had me giggling so much. Giggling in an utterly delighted with what I’m watching on YouTube way, I explained it to him.
Maggie Stiefvater wrote Lament, a YA book I picked up at the Dollar Book Exchange last year for a buck. I read it, loved it, and it has earned a slice of the limited space on my shelves. More recently, I started following Stiefvater on Facebook and Twitter, where I realized she is not only an awesome writer, but an awesome human being. As I excitedly explained to Bear, she writes, she plays highland bagpipes (along with a host of other instruments), she is an amazing artist, and she drives a 1973 Camaro she calls Loki.
I mean, really. Can we hang out?
Lament is very a very Celtic based story, with lots of faeries and mythology thrown in for good measure, which is why I was so excited to find it. Young Adult or no, a good story is a good story. All ye snobs can bite my big toe, Story is Story and you don’t mess with Story.
The thing about my obsession with Stiefvater this week is that it’s not always limited to writers. I’m fascinated with, inspired by people from all walks of life, who do all sorts of things, and the thing they all share is passion for what they do. It’s a wonderful thing to behold.
As far as I can tell, Stiefvater has a passion for life and in an often dreary world, we need more of that.
In conclusion to the first Author Spotlight, check Maggie Stiefvater out on social media and wherever you do your book buying. Add her to your reading list, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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