There’s a Person behind the Name

“It is now, at Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation…and instead to revel in the mystery.”
―     Jerusalem Jackson Greer,   A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together

As already mentioned last week – it’s this time of the year … we’re celebrating Advent – the time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas.

I prepared my post already last week and even though I wasn’t really happy with it “life happens” and I got too busy to think about something else to say in regards to Advent. And, see the thing is, the topic was my idea.

Anyway, I got this email last night and going along with the theme “celebration” and the American “being thankful” last week, I hope to put my thoughts into order and onto “paper” or screen as it is. This email was for a post on my personal blog to introduce readers to an “author” and her new release. She was writing how she came up with the idea of the story and, may I say again, it was an illness. It was in a way good to put a person to the name “on the cover”. It’s happened so often recently that through my blogposts I’ve discovered the “real” person and it made me read the last book from a different perspective. More appreciating the words.

I was “diagnosed” with histamine intolerance last week, as much as the doctor does a “diagnosis” with something so undefinable like this. It took me a while to get up and “shake” the anger and resentment from me. But then I was telling people and the feedback was heart-warming and truly appreciated. One author checked with a friend, who sat down and wrote me ~ me, a stranger I may add! ~ straight away with as much information as possible. Not only did I feel much better having the info, but I was so grateful for “that” person who I only know the name of, for responding so quickly and thoroughly. It truly was worth more than any money in the world.

But I also deal with “names” in the RWAus “sprinting room”. See, instead of doing the NaNoWrMo (I certainly hope I’ve got this one right), RWAus did a sprint 50k30d during November. Names on the screen, but we’re sprinting together, cheering together, helping out, laughing …. you get the gist and all of a sudden, the names turned into people. I’ll miss it and will make my darn best to do sprints as often as I can, even if it’s just to “share” the sprint room with those ladies!

What am I trying to say? In a way, that even though we deal with so many names throughout the day, week and month, I wonder sometimes what we know about that person except for the books, their blogposts or some of their interviews. Do we know the “person” behind the “name”? In our effort to promote our books, do we lose sight of who we’re talking to?

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed first Advent week!

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About Iris B

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio
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11 Responses to There’s a Person behind the Name

  1. Sherry Gloag says:

    A profound, thoughtful post, and I admit losing sight of the ‘person’ behind the author I something I have wondered about in the past. So, I enjoyed your perspective on the same subject. 🙂 And what a lovely kind response that person offered you with information 🙂

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    I also often wonder about the person behind the name on the book.
    And then, every now and then, I bump into someone who is (or was) a big name on a book cover … and I am startled at what I find.
    Often, it’s a friendly, down-to-earth, caring person … and I find myself slightly surprised that she/he could care enough about individual readers to interact with them that way.
    But at least once, I bumped into someone who had once been a big name … and found a person quite embittered and lonely. Which makes me very sad.
    To end on a lighter note, I’m bad with names anyway … and since most of the authors I know have TWO names, I’m sometimes talking to the pseudonym without realizing that she/he is actually the person I also know by their REAL name. Can get confusing.

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    • Iris B says:

      I truly believe that there are many “big names” who aren’t what we expect from them, positive or negative.
      I remember watching an interview with Jacqui Collins a few months back and found her to be a witty, funny and very nice person. I would’ve never thought that, although I cannot tell you why!

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  3. Amy Mullen says:

    There is always a story behind every face you see. I try hard to remember that! Great post, Iris.

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  4. Such profound thoughts, Iris. I wonder about the people behind a lot of the names I see. Once in a great while, I’m able to meet the people, like last spring when I flew to California to visit a cousin and managed to meet a fellow AP author as well! And I have to say I’ve rarely been disappointed too make the effort to meet face-to-face. I’m so glad you found some encouragement from a faceless stranger. Maybe someday you’ll be able to thank her in person.

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    • Iris B says:

      I hope so too. I was really pleased when I received her message. And yes I remember meeting an AP author. Initially apprehensive, I had a great time!
      Thanks for stopping by Patty!

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  5. I have found most authors to be truly salt-of-the-Earth people.Too often, people are in awe of writers and many people believe that a little success is always HUGE, money-wise, which, as you know, is far from the truth. Most novelist are people who are interested in others, which is the basis for their stories and characters.(Of course you always have a few who make it and get a swelled head, but they are the exception, rather than the rule.)
    I am sorry to hear of your continuing health issues,Iris.I hope you find and answer for this one.
    May you find peace in Advent.

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  6. pjharjo says:

    Nice post, Iris. The stranger who reached out to offer you words of comfort is the epitome of Advent week. 🙂

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