The Real Anne Rice

Anne Rice is easily one of the best writers of our time. She has the incredible ability to create whole new worlds where supernatural beings exist and seem all too real. Lestat of the famed vampire chronicles is a good example of this. As you read about him, you can’t help but sympathize with him and later wonder why you are feeling that way about a vampire. She puts so much detail into her stories and characters that you feel you know them as well.

This video gives a very good glimpse of what Anne Rice is really like.  She is very dignified, but also down to earth and quite humorous. Her responses are thoughtful and honest. It is easy to see that she loves what she does.  At one point she is referred to as “the queen of Facebook” and she seems to enjoy that title. She puts a lot of time and energy into her page and genuinely seems to like the “people of the page”. She discusses things with the people of the page that she does not feel she could discuss with her family because she would drive them crazy.  One of the people of the page stated that he loves the fact that he does not have to worry about being politically correct. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely whether they agree or disagree with the topic, and yes, Anne is usually in on the conversation.

Anne Rice on Facebook

One of my favorite authors is Anne Rice. Just like many other authors, she utilizes social media to promote herself. Her Facebook page is wonderful and she maintains it herself. There is a wealth of information about Anne and also her husband and son. There is a library section that includes all of her works and information on them. She has videos posted where she discusses various topics. There are also photos of herself, her family and her beloved cats.
She refers to the fans on her page as “the people of the page”. She posts frequently about a wide variety of topics from current events and new authors. She seems to love engaging with others and answers as many comments as she can. She posts tons of pictures of Tum Tum her cat, a white cat with beautiful blue eyes. She puts a lot of herself into her page and comes across as being a good natured person. You do not feel as though you are conversing with a celebrity but more like you are talking with a friend.
She devotes a lot of her time to the page. Glancing at it shows that she puts up many posts every day that elicit a comment and get the conversation flowing. Although she does not have goodreads or any other book club style links on her page, she frequently mentions new authors and puts up links for their work.
All in all Anne Rice’s page is a wonderful example of how an author should run their page. She offers information about herself, but it is also highly personalized and reading through the various post you can tell she is very fond of the people of the page.
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Change

Change has a way of happening whether you want it to or not. Sometimes those changes bring about good things that you never would have encountered otherwise. They force you to do things differently. Almost two years ago I hurt my back. My life was comfortable. I worked for one of the top retailers. Anyone that works in retail can tell you that it is a pretty physical job no matter what position you have, from lowest to highest. I’d been thinking about going back to school for a while, but never got around to it. Then fate stepped in.
I realized that I could no longer do the same kind of work. So I started to think about what else I could do. I always enjoyed writing, but just for myself. So now I am earning my bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English. It’s been a wonderful experience and I have met some very interesting people. I also am getting over my shyness about sharing my writing with others.
If anyone had told me two years ago that I was going to move to another state, go for my bachelor’s degree and start a blog, I would have laughed. But, here I am and I’m doing all three. Change has been good for me in many ways.