I've constantly warned my son not to meet up in person with anyone he "meets" on MySpace, yet today, I did just that.
After months of messaging back and forth, I finally met an author I befriended on the site: Carol Snow, who wrote a very funny book called Getting Warmer.
It felt strangely like a blind date waiting for her at the restaurant. I was looking for someone who looked like this (the author photo on her book jacket):
I was a little nervous "Carol Snow" might not really be the author but rather, this guy (whose pic I used to have on my son's computer as a screen saver, just to remind him who "cute, nice girl" might really be):
As it turned out, it really was Carol, and we had a great time talking for four hours about all kinds of authory things - the highs (seeing your novel for the first time in a store) and the lows (book signings where nobody shows up but your mother).
I love how the Internet connects me with people all over the world - but every now and then, it's fun to see a cyber-friend become a real friend.
(And Danny, if you're reading this, do as I say, not as I do.)