As of today, the Facebook page of iconic author Anne Rice proudly boasts over 950,000 followers. Most, of the “People of the Page” are devout Rice fans and simply stop by to ask her a question or find out what her next novel will be.
However, some have become regular contributors, even attracting the author’s recognition for the quality of their posts and the enjoyment that they bring to the page.
These “People” are the back-bone of Anne Rice’s Facebook page as much as Mrs. Rice, herself, and for that reason, the “Anne Rice Examiner” has decided to conduct a series of interviews with the individuals behind the names.
It is our way of introducing you to the “People” whose posts you find fascinating and read daily. We also hope you’ll find a kindred spirit, learn that you share similarities and, perhaps, become fast friends. It is a phenomenon of the internet world we live in, so let’s take advantage of the opportunity.
Coming up next, may I introduce Troy Hawkins.
1) The followers of Anne Rice's page have often seen your numerous posts, but when you're not in cyber-space what is life like?
Life is pretty average. Mostly I'm on the Internet doing some type of advocacy. I can't readily leave the house as much as some because of my disability (Spina Bifida) so I try to do my part to make things better from cyber space.
2) What do you look for when sharing a post?
My two loves are advocacy and history. Nothing ruffles my feathers like an injustice being done. Is someone being metaphorically kicked for something they can't control? If they can't or won't speak up for themselves I'll be loud enough for us all. Anyone that knows me in real life knows I can be pretty vocal. That doesn't mean I try to make people my ilk, but if they want help they have it.
3) What first brought you to Anne's page?
When the news story broke out about her Facebook post that read:
"For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being 'Christian' or to being part of Christianity. It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else."
When that story broke, I became immediately fascinated with Anne Rice and her wonderful depth as a humanitarian. From then on it's been almost a compulsion to find out as much as I can about her.
4) What is your favorite Anne Rice book and why?
Lasher. I love the ambiance and the pace of the book so much.
5) If you personally met any or all of the People of the Page, what would you tell them about yourself?
I have several real life friends on the page that I met through different means we just coincidentally happen to also belong to the page. I also correspond with a couple of people from the page daily that I haven't met yet. As far as what I'd like for them to know about myself, my answer is they are free to ask me pretty much whatever they like. I'm not promising I’d answer everything, but it never hurts to ask.
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Coming up, another interview with a fascinating "Person" of the page, as well as, a review of "Manson" by Jeff Guinn.
See you next time!