It's not unusual, I don't think, to have friends we've never met in person. We get to know people through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, emails, or other internet places. And some of these people become people we call friends. And these types of friends are every bit as real and wonderful as those we sip coffee with. (Although I don't sip coffee. Or even drink it. It just sounds so cozy I wish I did).
For me, one of those friends is middle grade author Anne Ylvisaker. I first met her through Twitter. Then I read a book of hers, reviewed it on a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post (this one), she wrote a guest post on my blog (it's right here), and we began emailing. She's a wonderfully gracious, kind, encouraging, thoughtful friend who makes time for me - even when she doesn't have the time.
One week ago today, I read on Anne's blog that she'd be in Red Wing, Minnesota, on Saturday, September 10, for a children's book festival. Oh. My. Gosh. That's one hour from where I live! So my kids and I drove to the festival and met Anne!!
There are people who doubt a friendship can exist from online communication only. I am not one of those people, but I am grateful for having met Anne in person. I hope it's not the only time I do so. And......quite obviously, she's the published author and knows not to cover the cover of the book with her FINGERS!
Because she and her writing are so wonderful, I bought an extra copy of Anne's latest novel (I'm not nice enough to give you mine) The Luck of the Buttons and had it signed - to give away to one of you!! Comment by 10pm CST on Sunday, September 18, to enter the drawing for a hardcover, signed copy of The Luck of the Buttons.
And just because I'm curious, do you have friends you've never met in person?