I've been traveling since Thursday and only just got back (a day later than planned) so this'll be a quickie.
1. How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift?
2. Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance?
I have to say that it varies for me. For example, my love affair with Kundera began in college when my favorite professor taught a class focused exclusively on his writing. Studying comparative literature, you can imagine that I discovered quite a few authors I've come to know and love during college. I received the first Harry Potter book as a gift (before the craze). Other authors have been recommended to me by friends or my parents (both have always saved books for me that they thought I'd like). I've also discovered some fabulous authors through bookcrossing (Paul Auster for one; I can't believe I hadn't read him before).
Since I'm tired from the trip (I spent over 10 hours today in JFK), I'm going to skip question number two.