If you are an aspiring author, there is a lot you can learn from established and respected authors. One way to get in touch with these people is through Twitter. You can follow some wonderful authors on Twitter and get some tips on planning a book, writing it, and publishing it. 31 top American authors that regularly tweet are given below.
1. Amy Tan
A Chinese American author, whose work often explores the relationships between mothers and daughters in immigrant families, Amy Tan posts about things that interest her on her Twitter account. She also posts a lot of interesting photographs and takes a stand on various social issues.
2. Anne Lamott
A novelist and a non-fiction author, Anne Lamott is very active on Twitter. She tweets on different things and offers tips to writers about living a balanced and creative life. She also regularly tackles issues like religion, motherhood, and depression in her tweets and shares her own struggles as a writer. If nothing else, following her on Twitter is very inspirational.
3. Anne Rice
Anne Rice is superb at keeping up with her fans. The author of the famous Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches series, Rice tweets about everything under the sun. She even posts about herself and her family as well as various items of interest around the world. Definitely an account to follow, irrespective of your own range of interests!
A prominent food critic, Anthony Bourdain has written several books with adventures in cooking or food. He posts a lot of food related information on his Twitter account, including links to food programs and recipes. If you are a foodie and enjoy discussing or reading about it, then follow this account.
The author of books based on North Korea, Sarajevo and Cuba, Barbara Demick works as a journalist by day. She regularly posts on international affairs and the situation in North Korea on her Twitter account. If you are interested in what is happening around the world, Demick is a great person to follow, with her journalistic approach. She also posts on scholarships and programmes available on writing and journalism courses.
6. C M Mayo
An award winning author, C M Mayo writes books on historical fiction and travelling, most of them set in Mexico. She posts links to interesting history podcasts on her Twitter account. She also posts regularly about writing tips and workshops for budding writers, as well as details about her books, including book releases, translations, and book reviews.
Charlotte Hughes is a well known author, with several humorous romances published. She also writes screenplays for popular TV shows such as Full House. On her Twitter account, she posts about her books and also about interesting books by other authors in several different genres. She often shares details about her personal life.
A very popular writer, Palahniuk tweets about his life and his work, but he also gives information about his book tours and literary preferences. He gives short tips for authors that also work as challenges. He also tweets about other merchandise sold under his fandom. He tweets and retweets regularly, so you can look forward to plenty of updates.
9. Dan Brown
The author of several bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has written several historical thrillers, some of which have even been made into movies. He posts about his books, and the movies made on his books on his Twitter account. He also frequently posts interesting snippets from history and the literary world.
10. David Baldacci
David Baldacci is an author of 29 novels, which have all reached national and international bestseller status. Writer of both books for children and adults, David tweets about his books and book tours he is planning on doing. He is also generous with his retweets, so if you follow him and give him a mention, don’t be surprised in your tweet gets a retweet!
11. Diana Gabaldon
The author of the famous Outlander series, Gabaldon is active on Twitter. She shares all the new things happening in the Outlander fandom and also tweets about the author events she attends. She occasionally shares some advice on writing and posts pictures of her travels, but mostly it’s about Outlander. However, if you get her to follow you, she will gladly retweet information about your literary efforts.
12. Gabrielle Zevin
The author of the popular book The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin discusses her books, book tours, book events, and other matters of interest to her fans. If you enjoy Zevin’s works and would like to be kept updated on her works and events, following her Twitter account would be interesting.
The famous author of the Game of Thrones series, George R R Martin does not post much on Twitter, and asks you to follow his Livejournal blog instead. However, when he does tweet, which is a few times a month, he posts really interesting literary stuff. He has recently also managed to figure out how to send out automatic tweets whenever his Livejournal is updated, so you can receive notifications.
14. Gina Hyams
An author who writes about the mystery, culture and history behind everyday things and rituals, Gina Hyams’ Twitter feed is filled with interesting snippets of everything under the sun. She also posts lovely pictures of places she has visited. If you think this sort of thing would enrich your life, then definitely follow Hyams on Twitter!
15. Gregg Olson
Olsen has quite a few true crime books under his belt. He tweets about his books, other mystery and true crime books, as well as cheap or free offers on different books available on several sites. He also regularly updates Twitter with the literary events he attends.
16. Harlan Coben
A famous mystery writer, Coben has won several awards for his work. He tweets about his personal life, but also shares interesting tidbits happening in the literary world. He also promotes other authors’ books as well as his own. If you want to be kept informed about the latest books, you can follow Coben.
17. Jason Webster
An award winning author of several books on Spain, Jason Webster writes delightfully detailed books on the country. He also writes true crime books. His Twitter account is a reflection of the topics he chooses to write about and he posts a lot of things related to Spain, history and true crime. If Spanish history interests you, this is a great person to follow.
18. Jenna Black
Well known for her paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels, Jenna Black is regular on Twitter, posting about books, grammar, and more books. She also posts about the more interesting aspects of her personal life, and sometimes even adds information about strange events or things.
19. John Grisham
The former lawyer turned author is famous for his legal thrillers. Some of his books have also been made into popular movies. He posts about books he has read or is reading, as well as tips on writing. A great author to follow if you are a budding writer, or even just a voracious reader!
Oates is an American author who has written novels, plays, essays, poetry and short stories. She regularly posts about politics and international affairs as well as social issues. She also tweets about her books and gives tips on how to handle life while writing. She is definitely worth following just for the wide range of interesting topics she tweets.
Robinson is a versatile writer, with a number of books on science fiction and alternative history. He tweets about environmental issues, science, and books. He also shares information about his own books and author events regularly.
22. Laurie R King
King writes mystery novels with Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell as the protagonist detectives. Her Twitter feed is all about her books, book events, and details about her characters. She even posts titbits about Holmes. She also posts plenty of personal stuff.
23. Lisa See
A popular historical fiction author, Lisa See writes mostly about women in Chinese history and explores their role in family and society. Her works also deal with immigration and female bonding. Her Twitter feed is full of interesting snippets about history, historical anniversaries, photographs of lovely places and books.
24. Matthew Algeo
Matthew Algeo specialises in unusual and quirky aspects of history in his books. He regularly tweets about American history’s more obscure and interesting events and shares rare old photographs from historical events. Algeo also tweets about his own books and author events, so if you are interested in any aspect of history, he is an interesting person to follow on Twitter.
25. Meg Cabot
A Young Adult author with a number of books under her belt, Meg Cabot tweets about books, books, and more books! The author of the Princess Diaries also regularly talks about Princess Mia, her main character.
26. Melissa Wiley
An author who writes for children, Melissa Wiley tweets about books and literature. She also posts regularly about getting children to read interesting books and improving literacy. She also shares interesting personal things and photographs of abandoned sketches made for her books.
27. Orson Scott Card
Card has written a number of novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and Christian fiction. The author of the popular Ender’s Game series tweets about diverse things like book festivals, chocolates, science fiction writers, and birds. Follow the man if you want to have different kinds of interesting posts on your feed.
28. R L Stine
Stine writes some of the scariest books for children and adults alike. He tweets plenty of interesting literary facts that bibliophiles would enjoy. You can learn a lot about new books if you follow him. He also tweets about contests regularly where you can win his books. If you are a horror fan, or even just a bibliophile, follow him already!
29. Shannon Okey
Shannon Okey is a famous name in the knitting world, and has a number of knitting pattern books to her name. She tweets about knitting of course! But she also posts on other topics such as fashion and food. If you are even remotely into knitting or if the look of untouched wool makes you delirious with joy, follow this person!
29. Stephen King
One of the best horror writers of all time, Stephen King has only recently made it to Twitter. But since he is well known for offering tips and guidelines on writing to budding authors, it is a wise choice to follow him. He also tweets regularly about social issues. Just beware of his spoilers if you are into TV shows!
30. Suki Kim
Of Korean ancestry, Suki Kim writes books about Koreans in America. She has also written books about living and working in North Korea, which makes her a very interesting person. Her tweets are mostly about North Korea and politics, but she also tweets about other international affairs and social issues as well as about her books.
31. Warren Adler
A prolific writer, Warren Adler writes on several genres such as political thrillers and murder mysteries. He tweets exclusively about literature and books, and any book lover would love to follow him. He also offers tips and posts useful links for fellow writers.
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