I've been thinking about the word 'author' a lot recently. I'm not shy about telling people I'm a writer, but I have never used the word 'author' to describe what it is I do. And I'm wondering if I should. I am the author of all the books and stories I write. I am the author of this blog, if we get down to it.
Yet it's not a word I use for myself.
'Author' seems to imply something more than 'writer'. Perhaps an author is a published writer? But how do we categorize that? Is a self-published writer any more an author than a writer who is waiting to publish their work in a more traditional manner? Does the word author even have a place anymore, given anyone can publish whatever they like on their blog or in other online forums?
What do you think? Author or writer? Or are they actually the same thing?
And while we are talking about authors, one of my friends just became one! Check out her gorgeous cover here!