Monday, May 26, 2014

Goodreads Q&A! Ask Your Favorite Author or Fellow Readers Questions on Goodreads!


If you could ask Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, or James Patterson anything, what would it be? Maybe you want to know their writing inspiration, what they read as a guilty pleasure, or you have a burning question about one of their bestsellers. Now's your chance because these three are among the 54 major authors who are helping us launch an exciting new program on Goodreads—Ask the Author!

Ask the Author allows readers to ask questions and get answers from their favorite authors. At Goodreads, we believe the relationship between authors and readers is very special. Authors tell stories and create worlds that spark the imaginations of their readers. Now readers can deepen that connection by asking questions about the new worlds, ideas, and people they've discovered in books.

Starting today, you can submit your questions directly to any of the 54 authors participating in the Ask the Author launch. (Full list below!) If an author answers your question you'll be notified, and every answer will be shared on the author's page so that other readers can enjoy them, too. In the coming weeks, all of the 100,000+ authors in the Goodreads Author program will be able to opt in to the feature. (To check whether an author is participating, visit his or her author profile and look for the "Ask the Author" section.)

We asked international bestselling author Dan Brown a question of our own about his thoughts on Ask the Author. His answer: "One of the most rewarding things about being an author is hearing from readers. I love engaging in dialogue with them, and I'm excited to have a brand-new way to stay truly connected with my fans. I'm looking forward to discussing writing, secret codes, ancient mysteries, and anything else that comes up with the Goodreads community. Then, of course, I will need to get back to writing because the most common reader question I get seems to be: 'When is the next book coming, Dan?'"

Reader Q&A

Of course, fellow readers are an endless source of book knowledge, too! So, we're also starting to roll out Reader Q&A over the coming weeks to provide our passionate, opinionated, and curious community with another way to connect over the love of books.

Click here to see some questions.

Once Reader Q&A is activated for you, you'll find a new Reader Q&A section on every book page, just below your friends' reviews. When other readers start responding to a question, Goodreads members can click "like" on the answers they find most interesting, and the best ones will rise to the top.

To try out Reader Q&A, go to the book page for your favorite book or a book you've just read and submit a question for the Goodreads community. You can also look for questions to answer! If Reader Q&A is not yet showing for you, it will be coming shortly!

We'll be opening up Ask the Author to all Goodreads Authors in the coming weeks, but right now you can ask a question of any of the following authors:

Isabel Allende
Author of The House of Spirits

Margaret Atwood
Author of The Handmaid's Tale

Dan Brown
Author of The Da Vinci Code

Deepak Chopra
Author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Khaled Hosseini
Author of The Kite Runner

James Patterson
Author of Kiss the Girls


Michael Cunningham
Author of The Hours

Kristin Hannah
Author of Firefly Lane

James McBride
Author of The Color of Water

Liane Moriarty
Author of What Alice Forgot

Jojo Moyes
Author of Me Before You

B.J. Novak
Author of One More Thing

Robin Sloan
Author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Jeff VanderMeer
Author of Annihilation

Ayelet Waldman
Author of Red Hook Road

Jesmyn Ward
Author of Salvage the Bones


Mark Bittman
Author of How to Cook Everything

Geoff Dyer
Author of Another Great Day at Sea

Tim Ferriss
Author of The 4-Hour Work Week

Daniel Goleman
Author of Emotional Intelligence

Arianna Huffington
Author of Third World America

Anne Lamott
Author of Bird by Bird

Frances Mayes
Author of Under the Tuscan Sun

Michael Pollan
Author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

Gretchen Rubin
Author of The Happiness Project


Laurie Halse Anderson
Author of Speak

Holly Black
Author of Tithe

Sarah Dessen
Author of Just Listen

Rebecca Donovan
Author of Reasons to Breathe

Susan Ee
Author of Angelfall

Gayle Forman
Author of If I Stay

Jeff Kinney
Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

E. Lockhart
Author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks


David Baldacci
Author of Absolute Power

Joseph Finder
Author of Paranoia

Douglas Preston
Author of Relic

S.J. Watson
Author of Before I Go to Sleep


Bella Andre
Author of The Look of Love

Kresley Cole
Author of A Hunger Like No Other

Sylvia Day
Author of Reflected in You

Barbara Freethy
Author of Just the Way You Are

Christina Lauren
Author of Beautiful Bastard


Kevin J. Anderson
Author of Jedi Search

Jim Butcher
Author of Storm Front

Warren Ellis
Author of Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1

Lev Grossman
Author of The Magicians

Laurell K. Hamilton
Author of Guilty Pleasures

Brian Herbert
Author of The Butlerian Jihad

Hugh Howey
Author of Wool

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Author of Styxx

Bob Mayer
Author of Lost Girls

Richelle Mead
Author of Vampire Academy

John Scalzi
Author of Old Man's War

Michael J. Sullivan
Author of Theft of Swords

Is your favorite author missing from the list above? Let us know which author you'd like to ask a question of in the comments below and we'll pass on the message!

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