Want to up your digi-stalking game on your favorite author? There’s an app for that. Twitter’s newly-released live video sharing app, Periscope, has teamed up with Hachette to launch #WhereIWrite, a series of videos from prominent writers.
The month-long series runs through the month of April. Each day, #WhereIWrite will feature a Hachette author, like Jodi Picoult, Val McDermid, and Joanne Harris, using the livestream app to show Twitter users their workspaces. (The full list of authors is posted on Twitter UK’s blog.) So far, the series has featured streams by bestselling author Jenny Colgan; My Sister's Keeper writer Jodi Picoult; children's book writer and illustrator Steve Antony; and Siobhan Horner, who co-wrote the memoir For Better For Worse, For Richer For Poorer with her husband, Damian Horner.
To see these writers in all their messy-desked glory, you can download Periscope; follow your chosen author on Twitter; and you’ll get a push notification once the writer has begun their livestream. What the writers include in their broadcasts seems to be up to them: could be a room tour; a mini info session; or even a reading of new material. Once the broadcasts have been posted, they’re available for later viewing on the Where I Write website. Take a peek at Jodi Picoult's stream below, in which she shares info on (and shows us lots and lots of pages of) her forthcoming YA novel, Off the Page, which she co-wrote with Samantha van Leer.
Happy stalking, readers!