The image of the reclusive author, scribbling alone in a garret, is a romantic notion, and while the writing may still take place in solitude, more and more authors are using the internet to meet their fans online. The degree that the author is actively involved with content varies; some sites are written by publishers or even the fans themselves, while other sites are fully the author's creation. Northwest mystery author Jo Dereske maintains her own page (http://www.jodereske.com/) with a newsletter, excerpts from her books, and even recipes. Tom Robbins' site, on the other hand, is put together by a few rabid fans (www.rain.org/~da5e/tom_robbins.html). These sites run the gamut, so if you're a fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Stephenie Meyer, check out their webpages for news -- and maybe even a chance to write a note to the author!
Bonus! A note from Mary Witter, an editor at the Tom Robbins site:
Rabid?? Why the negative connotation? Informative, dedicated, vibrant, playful, passionate, loyal--all of these words would not only be more descriptive, but more accurate of afTRlife.com (the Tom Robbins online site)and of the readers who gather there. Though many authors have tried, none have come close to Tom Robbins's mastery of vivid metaphore, philosophical depth and vibrant vocabulary woven together in a playful, intelligent style. We welcome all Robbins readers to afTRlife.com and encourage lively discussion.
I stand corrected, Mary, and I encourage everyone to check out the site: www.afTRlife.com