First in the People I Admire series
Let me give a little background here. I first came into contact with her indirectly… someone recommended one of her books with nothing less than a fangirl squee on Smart Bitches. That was Requiem for the Devil. So I bought it and read it. I was so blown away, I had no words. (I’ve since been by wowed by everything she writes. She’s an auto-buy for me.)
Then I began to see her comment, rarely, on SB. She was the best kind of author-poster. Ms. Smith-Ready only showed up when she had something substantial to say. So I was totally impressed with her by the time I sold my first book to NY, which was Grimspace. With great trepidation, I asked her for a blurb. To my delight, she agreed to read. That began an email friendship that delighted me. She’s even wittier and more fun than she seems on the internet (but I’m getting ahead of myself.)
Our internet acquaintance moved into the real world at Dallas RWA. I met her at the literacy signing, and found she was sweet and gorgeous in person. She’s so slim and smart and has the best hair ever. When I was growing up, I wanted a crop of curls like she has so badly that I endured numerous bad perms trying to get them before realizing my hair just won’t do that, no matter how I torture it. The best thing about her, though, is the way she cares about things. She’s passionate about causes, not just selling books, and I really admire that. She cares about animal rights. She cares about independent artists and bookstores.
We took things to the next level by rooming together at RT. I hadn’t expected I’d ever get to know her that well, but it was wonderful. She’s an ideal roommate, and it was so cool whispering to each other in the dark, just like a slumber party for grownups. I don’t make friends easily — I’m not sure why — so getting to know her was a big deal for me. I was never one of the cool kids. I was brainy and obnoxious and overly blessed with sarcasm at a young age. I don’t have the personal charisma of Lauren Dane or Megan Hart. This is a way I can show people I admire how much they mean to me.
To this day, even though my raw hero worship for Ms. Smith-Ready has matured into a healthy friendship, I still look forward to each email she sends me. Once she made me snort a Coke Zero with the cleverness of her repartee. So in conclusion, she’s a person I respect and admire greatly. I am honored to count her among my friends.
If you haven’t read her books yet, what’s WRONG with you? But here’s what I’m gonna do. I’ll give you a chance to rectify this situation. If you want to try a Jeri Smith-Ready, post in comments. You can pick any book from her backlist. Winner posted this time next week.
So which one do you want? (They’re all awesome) Do a little research and let me know! I’ll add that The Reawakened would be a pre-order and you’ll get in November when it releases.