So when Carin also asked ‘but what about the British authors?’ I decided I could at least offer her a list of those I knew. And rather than cram a load of tweets with author userames and chuck them at Carin (causing many authors to think 'is it Follow Friday already?') I thought a list on my blog would be no more effort and a lot more useful. I was wrong about the effort, but hey-ho.
After much cutting and pasting and cursing, it's ready. And, wouldn't you know it, I have a blind spot on spelling 'author'? It keeps coming out 'authour'.
There are Very Important Notes at the end, which should answer some questions you may have, and a few links to other lists of writers on Twitter, including the original Mashable post.
Each name links to that person’s Twitter page. The list is alphabetical (by first name).
So... an incomplete list of British Authors on Twitter
Alain de Botton
Horror writer. My collection Bull Running for Girls has been published by Screaming Dreams. Working on a novel called Isis Unbound
Writer. Author of 'Keeper'. Now writing novel.
The Anti Christ of Silicon Valley
Belle de Jour
Writer, ne'er-do-well, and inspiration for the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Novelist (7 books published), Freelance Writer, Traveller and occasional Blogger
I'm a hack and pundit
I write novels and I'm trying to live happily ever after.
I'm a novelist and I write a weekly column for The Guardian
British writer with works published by Viking, Sceptre, Serpents Tail, Tor Bantam. Interested in science & history
Born and Still Living
Author, poetry anthologist and tv producer. Head Girl at Silver River Productions.
Don't drop litter.
Best selling author, wife and mother.
Londoner, journalist, lecturer, writer. Author of The Noughtie Girl's Guide to Feminism
mind body spirit artist author writer cartoonist freelance journalist
Author of 21 books.I live with my chessGM husband and son in Spain. My hobbies: snorkelling,minerals,karate,music, cycling, fishing, hill-walks,food,film, cats
Fiona J Mackenzie
Author of The BEAUTY QUEENS and The DARWIN MYSTERIES. Failed saint, successful sinner, descended from a pirate.
Gary William Murning
A writer living in the northeast of England, Gary's first novel, If I Never, is due to be published later this year.
Writer, illustrator, worker bee, idiot
author - I write novels, children's books, plays, screenplays and poetry
Author and journalist, nosey git and Tottenham fan, sometimes funny
I'm a novelist and psychologist
Fiction writer and copywriter for leading UK design company, The Workshop. Blogger-in-chief at Write for Your Life and Websites for writers.
Sunday Times columnist, novelist, mammal. This is my personal Twitter.
Sharer of amusing and intriguing expressions from around the world. Author of 'I'm Not Hanging noodles on your Ears'.
Author of novels including Bridesmaids and The Nearly Weds
TV presenter and author of Dot.Robot
Novelist. Hates mustard.
J K Rowling
novelist/author/writer of fiction. mother of three.
Novelist and supreme timewaster
Romantic novelist and bad Flamenco dancer
writer & procrastinator
Kerry W. Purcell
Writer on design and photography, father, swimmer, and secret lemonade drinker.
Writer of screenplays, novels and stories, reader of words, filmmaker, vegetarian, redhead
Author/conservative PPC for Corby
Ex UK and USA, artful idler, freelance journalist, author, Tuscany holiday houses landlady. Politics, food, gardens, books, animals
Author, translator, journalist: Food, fun, France
author, family person, book lover, city dweller, animal lover, ballet fan
Writer of stuff - novels, TV, comics, movies.
UK-based writer with 17 novels and dozens of short stories, articles and reviews to his name.
Writer/editor at Sunday Times forced by his publishers, Harper, to tweet and twitlit in build-up to 1st novel.
... And Michael Marshall, too.
Author of ONLY FORWARD, THE STRAW MEN, THE INTRUDERS, SPARES, BAD THINGS, THE SERVANTS and other stuff.
short romcom novelist and rubbish dieter
will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.
Author of The Gone-Away World. General enthusiast.
Oliver Morton NEW
editor and writer concentrating on sci/tech change and its impacts
a writer, reader and photographer. I review for the Guardian, the TLS and others, and am the author of 3 books, most recently Doomsday Men (Penguin).
Sarah Dunant NEW
Novelist, broadcaster, critic. How grand it sounds. How far from the truth. I am however, not complaining. Though I am now older than I ever intended to be.
British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger [though I am pretty sure you have to tick a box to not follow Mr Fry when you start Twitter]
Writer, Artist, Musician, Squid Hurler, Beer Monkey
Science journalist and author. Author of The Sun Kings and the up and coming CosmoThriller, the history of cosmology – fictionalised!
Books Written Cheap
stay-at-home dad and author of Writing Therapy
Hi. I'm Tim, and I'm a Brit who writes books. Like sff/horror, oddness, inspiration, INFJ. Always hunting interesting people!
Bald Horror and Fantasy Writer, and lover of fine ales.
...and that's the lot at the moment.
There is also a valuable list of Screenwriters that Tweet on Miss Read’s blog, which you can look at here.
Very Important Notes
The descriptions are not mine, they are taken direct from each author’s Twitter bio.
The list is not my personal recommendations. My recommendation is: read a baker’s dozen of anyone’s tweets before following them. Having said that writers do, in my experience, tweet the best. If you want to see people (to paraphrase Clive James) turn a phrase until it catches the light (in only 140 characters), following writers is a good place to start.
This list is not every British author on Twitter, so it’s open to additions, but because I want the list to be worthwhile (without getting elitist) here's what I am interested in:
- Published British authors on Twitter.
- Writing should be a major part of what they do, not a sideline.
- They should be Tweeting as their author selves.
- At the moment the bias is to fiction, but I’m not saying no to non-fiction. Maybe there should be two list. Maybe I need a secretary.
PS - If you want to know more about the Fragonard painting that opens this blog, it's at The National Gallery of Art, Washingto, DC.
Oh, and that Mashable list can be found here.