Saturday, 28 May 2016
FACEBOOK FRIENDS Linda Mitchelmore
I was dragged, kicking and screaming, to social media. Facebook? Twitter? I didn't want to know and resisted for as long as I could. However, when I secured a contract on my first novel it was explained to me that being active on social media was all part of the deal and was expected of me. Now, I don't have an addictive personality - chocolate, TV soaps, wine, shoes .... I can take or leave them all - but I did know there would be times when I wouldn't be able to resist having a peak to see who had mentioned me, or not. Of the two, I prefer Facebook. 140 characters is never enough to say all I have to say! What has come as a big surprise about Facebook is the 'friends' I have made. I was hugely surprised to find that I seemed to connect with some people more than others - people I had never met. We seemed to meet in the ether somewhere with shared values and likes and dislikes. Annie Seaton, who lives in NSW, Australia, in a very covetable beach situation and who writes stories in exotic locations for PanMacmillan, Australia, was one of the first I connected with.