I’m not on Instagram, which is weird considering how much I like taking and sharing photos. (Remember when I used to keep a Photo Blog here on this website?) But a lot of folks seem to love it, and some of those folks — lo and behold — also dig my novel, Hagridden. Okay, sure, one of them is my brother, but still.
So I thought I’d share some of the Hagridden-related Instagram posts here. They’re all from cool accounts that you should follow. And if you know of any others I’ve missed — or any posts about my other books — let me know in the comments!
A random reader
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You know how sometimes you start reading a book and for some unknown reason, you just can't read it? 🚫 ••••••••••••••••••••• Well, I started Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen on the plane ride back from Portland and I kept trying and trying and it wasn't working out. It's weird though because I was actually enjoying it! 😕 •••••••••••••••••••••• So instead of struggling, I decided to switch to a random book I just picked up from the bookstore's shelf. Well, to be completely honest, I grabbed it solely because the title begins with Hagrid….aka Harry Potter is life. ⚡️ •••••••••••••••••••••• Oh, and my nail polish is actually the same color as my green bracelet but you can't tell and it makes me sad 😢 <— that was random lol •••••••••••••••••••••• #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #booklover #bookish #bookme #booknerd #read #reading #becauseofreading #totalbooknerd #Hagridden #SamuelSnoekBrown #ColumbusPress #independentpublishing #chroniclesofabookworm #fiction #darkreads #thriller #igreads #igreader #HarryPotter #Hagrid #Potterhead #HarryPotterForever
I hear the “Harry Potter” question a lot, which is great, because actually, I love those books and the character of Hagrid! So it’s pretty cool that this reader stumbled across my novel at random while traveling. After reading her story of how she stumbled across Hagridden, I did worry that my novel wasn’t going to be AT ALL what she was hoping for, but all is well: ChroniclesofaBookworm links from her Instagram to her Goodreads account, and spoiler alert, she liked the book! (Phew!) 🙂
In the house that Jon built
This miniature version of Hagridden — which, yes, my brother made from scratch — appears in his scale-model of the cabin from the Evil Dead films. He even put it on the bookshelf there! I wonder how Ash would handle a Rougarou?
I knew these photos existed; I did not know, until recently, that my brother was on Instagram. (Y’all should seriously check out the posts of his AT-ST Walker costume he made from boxes and restaurant to-go containers! It’s genius.)
Journey to the End of the Night
Okay, this one isn’t much of a surprise, either. I didn’t know til recently that this account existed, but it turns out, it’s connected with Hagridden‘s publisher and the EPIC book release party/scavenger hunt/game of tag/film festival/bayou-themed cocktail party that was the Columbus Journey to the End of the Night.
So of course they would post a pic of my book. Come to find out, they also posted some pics of me.
A fellow novelist
It was awesome! Come to find out, this is the account of a young man named T. Edward Redd, an artist and self-publishing author and, at the time, a student in my friend Brianna Pike’s creative writing class. He even blogged about our chat between Bri’s class and my public reading that evening at Ivy Tech. (I hope your trip to England was cool, Edward!)
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I can't say the one thing I learned from Sam in all the years I learned shit from him. Lots of those things are here: don't be flashy, don't say more than you have to, listen to the story, write human beings instead of characters, etc. In Box Cutters, the stories that cut go through to the bone and beyond, the sharpest blade in the pack. #indielit #sunnyoutside #portland #shortstory #shortstories #fiction #shortfiction #samsnoekbrown #boxcutters #literature
I wonder how many other Box Cutters posts are out there? I tried searching the #boxcutters hashtag but, gang, trust me, just don’t. (I tried the #sunnyoutside hashtag, too, but I haven’t yet seen any posts related to that chapbook’s publisher.)
I also searched for hashtags related to my most recent chapbook, Where There Is Ruin, and the handful of results there are charming! None of my book, though.
Any of you folks on Instagram? I kind of want to join just so I can follow . . . well, everyone! But I have enough trouble keeping up on Facebook and this blog (and I’m terrible about staying on top of Twitter!), so I worry that Instagram would become one more social media presence I’ll end up letting slide. (Did y’all know that I once had a Pinterest account? I think you can guess how that turned out.)
Still, it was fun to discover these ‘Grammers — seriously, I find the site dangerously, time-consumingly fascinating and beautiful — and see a different way people have been sharing the books they love.