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Launching Today: Goodreads Q&A! Ask Your Favorite Author or Fellow Readers Questions on Goodreads!

Posted by Patrick Brown on May 21, 2014


If you could ask Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, or James Patterson anything, what would it be? Maybe you want to know their writing inspiration, what they read as a guilty pleasure, or you have a burning question about one of their bestsellers. Now's your chance because these three are among the 54 major authors who are helping us launch an exciting new program on Goodreads—Ask the Author!

Ask the Author allows readers to ask questions and get answers from their favorite authors. At Goodreads, we believe the relationship between authors and readers is very special. Authors tell stories and create worlds that spark the imaginations of their readers. Now readers can deepen that connection by asking questions about the new worlds, ideas, and people they've discovered in books.

Starting today, you can submit your questions directly to any of the 54 authors participating in the Ask the Author launch. (Full list below!) If an author answers your question you'll be notified, and every answer will be shared on the author's page so that other readers can enjoy them, too. In the coming weeks, all of the 100,000+ authors in the Goodreads Author program will be able to opt in to the feature. (To check whether an author is participating, visit his or her author profile and look for the "Ask the Author" section.)

We asked international bestselling author Dan Brown a question of our own about his thoughts on Ask the Author. His answer: "One of the most rewarding things about being an author is hearing from readers. I love engaging in dialogue with them, and I'm excited to have a brand-new way to stay truly connected with my fans. I'm looking forward to discussing writing, secret codes, ancient mysteries, and anything else that comes up with the Goodreads community. Then, of course, I will need to get back to writing because the most common reader question I get seems to be: 'When is the next book coming, Dan?'"

Reader Q&A

Of course, fellow readers are an endless source of book knowledge, too! So, we're also starting to roll out Reader Q&A over the coming weeks to provide our passionate, opinionated, and curious community with another way to connect over the love of books.

Reader Q&A for The Goldfinch


Reader Q&A for The Power of Habit


Reader Q&A for Night Film


Once Reader Q&A is activated for you, you'll find a new Reader Q&A section on every book page, just below your friends' reviews. When other readers start responding to a question, Goodreads members can click "like" on the answers they find most interesting, and the best ones will rise to the top.

To try out Reader Q&A, go to the book page for your favorite book or a book you've just read and submit a question for the Goodreads community. You can also look for questions to answer! If Reader Q&A is not yet showing for you, it will be coming shortly!

We'll be opening up Ask the Author to all Goodreads Authors in the coming weeks, but right now you can ask a question of any of the following authors:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERS
Isabel Allende
Author of The House of Spirits
Margaret Atwood
Author of The Handmaid's Tale
Dan Brown
Author of The Da Vinci Code
Deepak Chopra
Author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Khaled Hosseini
Author of The Kite Runner
James Patterson
Author of Kiss the Girls
FICTION
Michael Cunningham
Author of The Hours
Kristin Hannah
Author of Firefly Lane
James McBride
Author of The Color of Water
Liane Moriarty
Author of What Alice Forgot
Jojo Moyes
Author of Me Before You
B.J. Novak
Author of One More Thing
Robin Sloan
Author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Jeff VanderMeer
Author of Annihilation
Ayelet Waldman
Author of Red Hook Road
Jesmyn Ward
Author of Salvage the Bones
NONFICTION
Mark Bittman
Author of How to Cook Everything
Geoff Dyer
Author of Another Great Day at Sea
Tim Ferriss
Author of The 4-Hour Work Week
Daniel Goleman
Author of Emotional Intelligence
Arianna Huffington
Author of Third World America
Anne Lamott
Author of Bird by Bird
Frances Mayes
Author of Under the Tuscan Sun
Michael Pollan
Author of The Omnivore's Dilemma
Gretchen Rubin
Author of The Happiness Project
YOUNG ADULT & CHILDREN'S
Laurie Halse Anderson
Author of Speak
Holly Black
Author of Tithe
Sarah Dessen
Author of Just Listen
Rebecca Donovan
Author of Reasons to Breathe
Susan Ee
Author of Angelfall
Gayle Forman
Author of If I Stay
Jeff Kinney
Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
E. Lockhart
Author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks
MYSTERY & THRILLERS
David Baldacci
Author of Absolute Power
Joseph Finder
Author of Paranoia
Douglas Preston
Author of Relic
S.J. Watson
Author of Before I Go to Sleep
ROMANCE
Bella Andre
Author of The Look of Love
Kresley Cole
Author of A Hunger Like No Other
Sylvia Day
Author of Reflected in You
Barbara Freethy
Author of Just the Way You Are
Christina Lauren
Author of Beautiful Bastard
FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
Kevin J. Anderson
Author of Jedi Search
Jim Butcher
Author of Storm Front
Warren Ellis
Author of Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1
Lev Grossman
Author of The Magicians
Laurell K. Hamilton
Author of Guilty Pleasures
Brian Herbert
Author of The Butlerian Jihad
Hugh Howey
Author of Wool
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Author of Styxx
Bob Mayer
Author of Lost Girls
Richelle Mead
Author of Vampire Academy
John Scalzi
Author of Old Man's War
Michael J. Sullivan
Author of Theft of Swords

Is your favorite author missing from the list above? Let us know which author you'd like to ask a question of in the comments below and we'll pass on the message!


Comments (showing 1-50 of 323) (323 new)


message 1: by Joakim (new)

Joakim Amazing feature!

Also, first.


message 2: by Manju (new)

Manju Its a great initiative:))


message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited May 21, 2014 06:10AM) (new)

I love this, but more authors would be REALLY good like the latest and most recent authors of the very popular books of the YA gen:) I would love to talk to Veronica Roth, Cornelia Funke or even Suzanne Collins or Tim O' Rouke or even J.K Rowling I know many people would love the chance to speak to these writers too.


message 4: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (last edited May 21, 2014 06:12AM) (new)

Emily Rose wrote: "I love this, but more authors would be REALLY good like the latest and most recent authors of the very popular books of the YA gen:) I would love to talk to Veronica Roth, Cornelia Funke or even Su..."

I'd love to ask questions of some of those writers too! Right now this feature is only live for the authors listed in the post, but we'll open it for all authors in the coming weeks. At that point, someone like Veronica Roth might also take advantage of Ask the Author.


message 5: by Rosava (new)

Rosava Doshchyk Nice job! :)
I would like to communicate with Eoin Colfer, China Mieville and George Martin too.=)


message 6: by Bd (new)

Bd Myriam I would like to ask these author a question:

- Alexandra Bracken
- Meg Cabot
- Rick Yancey


message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I would like to see more YA authors like...

John Green
Marie Lu
Marissa Meyer
Veronica Roth
Kiera Cass


message 8: by Arlind (new)

Arlind Fazliu What about Markus Zusak? His novel "The book thief"is translated into more than 40 languages and was also awarded many times for the best YA book.


Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading* I'm excited about this new feature, and the list of authors presented already is impressive. Thank you Goodreads (and authors, of course)


message 10: by Aditi (new)

Aditi Is this even real? I mean seriously the authors will reply to us? I can't believe my own eyes.


message 11: by Mummy (new)

Mummy Aditi wrote: "Is this even real? I mean seriously the authors will reply to us? I can't believe my own eyes."

Depends on who they are. PR depts. of big publishing companies will do that for any authors that want it. Soon Fiverr will offer to do it for SPAs I'm sure. (view spoiler)


message 12: by Beatrix (new)

Beatrix This is amazing! :D

Hope I get answered!


message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael Coorlim I look forward to participating in this. I love talking to readers.


message 14: by Christine (last edited May 21, 2014 08:55AM) (new)

Christine Hatfield I think this is so cool


message 15: by Michelle E. (last edited May 21, 2014 10:48AM) (new)

Michelle E. Tony DiTerlizzi and Cinda Williams Chima are two authors I can think of who interact with fans but aren't on this list. Would love for this to be expanded NOW :)


message 16: by Syeda (new)

Syeda Please include Stephanie Meyer. It's a great initiative. Keep it up guys! :)


message 17: by Sarah (last edited May 21, 2014 08:32AM) (new)

Sarah Hannan Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!!!!! Please!!!!!
Also:
Dave Eggers
Jonathan Franzen
Salman Rushdie
NoViolet Bulawayo
Maria Semple
Edwidge Danticat
Haruki Murakami
Also I second the Markus Zusak suggestion


message 18: by Aditi (new)

Aditi I must say, this is a total lie, even people from good reads can also reply on behalf of the authors, after all this is not a random chat like facebook or video-chat like skype. Sorry I cannot believe this initiation of good reads. But still it'll attract a lot of readers I'm sure. Keep up the good work good reads!


message 19: by Gunjeeta (new)

Gunjeeta please include :-
-kristen ashley **********
-darynda jones
-sarah rees brennan
-stephanie meyer
-samantha young


message 20: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily Aditi wrote: "I must say, this is a total lie, even people from good reads can also reply on behalf of the authors, after all this is not a random chat like facebook or video-chat like skype. Sorry I cannot beli..."

Hey Aditi! This feature is enabled for Goodreads Authors, those who have signed up for personal accounts on the site. These answers will all come from the authors themselves, not from Goodreads staff.


message 21: by Mummy (new)

Mummy Or from the author's publishing company's PR dept.


message 22: by Gbolahan (new)

Gbolahan Olaseinde Cassandra Clare
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jasper Fforde


message 23: by Christine (new)

Christine Hatfield Please include

Harlan Coben
Karen rose
Karin slaughter
Neal shusterman
Nicholas sparks
Lurlene McDaniel
Andrew gross
Lisa black
Lisa Gardner
Mary burton
John green
Julie Gregory
Allison Brennan
Jeff Abbott


message 24: by Gbolahan (new)

Gbolahan Olaseinde Huh, Aditi is just trying to say there's no way to prove that the authors will actually reply our questions themselves...


message 25: by Jeff (new)

Jeff VanderMeer Kameron Hurley, Nnedi Okorafor, Catherynne M. Valente, N.K. Jemisin, Sofia Samatar, and Ann Leckie come to mind as great for this feature. Among many others.


message 26: by Sparrowlicious (new)

Sparrowlicious Two words: homework help.
At least the 'ask readers' one sounds like it. /:
I don't like that sort of thing. You don't learn anything from letting other people do your work.

Otherwise, nice idea.


message 27: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Gibeson Richelle Mead love all 5 of her series


message 29: by Amber (new)

Amber def get Wil Wheaton


message 30: by Jessie (new)

Jessie I'd love to see Robin Hobb!


message 31: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Alan John Jeremiah Sullivan


message 32: by Saakshi (new)

Saakshi Roy JK ROWLING???? I am amazed she isn't included!! Amazed AND incredulous!!!


message 33: by Saakshi (new)

Saakshi Roy Christine wrote: "Well maybe they will"

I don't think Goodreads will hoodwink us into believing some cock and bull story that the famous authors will reply and instead the staff replies to our questions. Savage, i'd call it. I think this Q&A or whatever is genuine, don't you think so Christine?


message 34: by Saakshi (new)

Saakshi Roy AND Nicholas Sparks!


message 35: by Rabia (new)

Rabia Idil Veronica Roth!!!


message 36: by Isabelle (new)

Isabelle Crusoe I want to say "Thank you so much" to all the authors who take the time to interact with us.


message 37: by Soul (new)

Soul :D

:') Rejoice!!!


message 38: by ThenSingsMySoul (new)

ThenSingsMySoul Please include N.D. Wilson, Trenton Lee Stewart, and Megan Whalen Turner.


message 39: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Sin Why not more POC authors?

Junot Diaz
Ellen Oh
Marjorie Liu
Marie Lu
Lydia Kang
Sandra Cisneros
Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Jorge Franco
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cindy Pon
Natsuo Kirino

Just to name a few.


message 40: by Mickey (new)

Mickey Wow!
Dan Brown is going to answer our questions?
Goodreads, you made my day!


message 41: by Christine (new)

Christine Hatfield I don't think so saakshi


message 42: by Kanai (new)

Kanai Tomio It would be great to include:
-JK Rowling
-Rick Riordan
-Veronica Roth
-John Green
-Markus Zusak
-Neil Gaiman
-Katheryn Stockett
-S.E. Hinton
-and William Shakespeare. (Just kidding.)


message 43: by Rosie (new)

Rosie Monson Alexandra Bracken!!!


message 44: by Mickey (new)

Mickey I think that the authors should have a goodreads account to participate here.
So JK Rowling and the others who have not an account will not answer.


message 45: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Please could you include Jamie Scallion author of The Rock n Roll Diaries Thank you


message 46: by Kelsi (new)

Kelsi I would like to see Phillipa Gregory, J.K. Rowling, and Diana Gabaldon please :)
Thanks for this opportunity Goodreads, there are already so many great authors here!


message 47: by MiLi (new)

MiLi I love this!!!!

I would LOVE to ask some questions to Stephen King :)


message 48: by Emily, Director of Customer Care (new)

Emily Mickey wrote: "I think that the authors should have a goodreads account to participate here.
So JK Rowling and the others who have not an account will not answer."


Yes, this is how the feature works! All of the above authors are members of Goodreads.


message 49: by M.L. (new)

M.L. Jacobs Tracy Chevalier and Katherine Webb


message 50: by Aurelia (new)

Aurelia Rowl Ooooh, I can't wait until this is rolled out to all authors. I'm all for interacting with anybody that looks me or my books up :-)


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