1. How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift?
2. Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance?
When I first read this, I thought I would probably not respond, because I can't decide if I have a single favorite author, or if I would be able to have a short list, as opposed ot a long one.
Thinking about it some more, I decided that I did have an answer. I decided that I would write about the first time I became aware of an author that I really liked.
A bit of background: my parents were avid readers. They were also the type who felt that it was OK for us to read whatever was around to read. (For example, I am willing to bet that I was the only grade-schooler to read Valley of the Dolls; OK, I didn't finish it, because I thought it was boring, because why would someone keep taking medicine???) I had very few "kid" books, other than the Little Golden Books, and the Readers' Digest Abridged Classics, which were hand-me-downs from my sisters.
But one year for Christmas, when I was around 8 or 10 years old, my parents gave me a copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I remember devouring that book! It was the first thing I had read that was "epic" and dealt with so many primary characters over a long period of time. I decided then that Louisa May Alcott must have just been a fascinating person, and though I did not/have not read everything she wrote, I did read at least two more. When I was older, I read a biography of her (the title of which escapes me), and found her family interesting as well.
One year when we made our annual summer pilgrimage to visit my mother's cousin in Boston (she was the rich relative), she took us to Concord, and we got to tour Louisa May Alcott's home. I just loved that, and felt like I was walking through the book!