I read a really interesting article earlier about whether authors should express political viewpoints on Twitter.
I’m probably not the best person to answer because so far, I haven’t seen any authors expressing viewpoints I don’t agree with. :)
But I will say that in the wake of the whole Chick-Fil-A thing recently, it’s been so wonderful (really, unexpectedly so) to see authors whose books I love expressing support for me (both in general and specifically to me). (Team Equality over Team Fried Chicken, especially nice because there were a slew of people on my Facebook feed who were definitely NOT Team Equality.*)
Most of the authors I love have a decidedly liberal bent and the others, I don’t know their political stances. I don’t know if I could deliberately read a book written by someone I knew was anti-gay. (Not even necessarily Team Fried Chicken, but vehemently anti-gay.)
I don’t want to spend my money supporting someone (or something) that wouldn’t support me back.
Especially not when there are these amazing, wonderful books written by people like Eileen Cook and Tessa Gratton and Mia March and Sarah Ockler and a bunch more that I’m forgetting because I am feeble. And these are authors that I loved before. It’s not like I’m just jumping on the bandwagon because they aren’t hatemongers. Nope. They’re fantastic authors who just happen to be fantastic people, as well.
I’m glad I know that.
* = Most true Tweet ever: Twitter makes you love people; Facebook makes you hate them.