One of the many great things about Twitter for book lovers in the greater Spokane area is that the popular microblogging service allows people to follow some of their favorite authors and interact with them in a fun and stress-free way. Readers can use Twitter to ask published writers questions about their works, find out what sorts of things they have been doing, and maybe even follow links to free books from Amazon and other retailers.
Twitter provides a platform that makes it easy for Spokane-area writers such as Sharon Cramer, Sharma Shields, Jess Walter or Frank Zafiro to connect with their fans. Walter and Shields use Twitter to post nice mixtures of fun content and more serious updates about upcoming appearances and other things that would be of interest to their readers. Zafiro often uses his Twitter account to let people know about free or discounted ebooks he has available for the Amazon Kindle. He also shares links to interviews and new reviews of his books. Cramer frequently promotes giveaways that she uses to raise awareness of her novel "The Execution." Local writers who haven't joined Twitter yet or don't use their accounts much could learn a lot from their examples.
Twitter also provides a great way to learn more about writers from outside the Spokane community. Fantasy authors such as Neil Gaiman and Kevin Hearne regularly talk with their fans about a wide variety of subjects. Margaret Atwood, Jackie Collins, Cory Doctorow, science fiction writer John Scalzi and "The Orchid Thief" author Susan Orlean are just a few of the nationally known authors who regularly tweet. No matter what types of novels, short fiction or poetry somebody prefers, they can probably find writers who would appeal to them sharing their thoughts on Twitter.
This list is intended merely as a starting point for people who would like to engage more with their favorite writers. It features four local writers and two others who always post tweets worth reading. The quality of their content may convince people in the greater Spokane area who aren't using Twitter yet to finally take the plunge.