Anyways, the event started out a little rocky. Quick rant. I planned on buying two books there and brought two of my own to get signed. I looked on their site to see if they had a policy regarding this and didn’t see it. I even tried to contact them and never heard back. Anyways, I get there and buy my books and then ask about my own copies, and I’m told them I’m not allowed to get them signed. Anything I want signed, I had to buy. So, that rustled my little feathers a little bit so I was kind of in a pouty mood…until two things happened: Laurie started speaking and Steph Su arrived! I was so looking forward to this reunion. I met Steph in August at PAYA and I’ve been so stoked to hang out with her again! She’s just really awesome and you should be friends with her.
And I have to say, all joking aside, Laurie..you really ARE real. I’ve been lucky to meet some well known authors, like yourself, but I felt like I was just one in a million and they couldn’t bother to even make some sort of connection with me. You could have been friendly and methodical in getting people through the lines but instead you treated me like a friend rather than a fan of your work. The conversation and the joking was genuine and I appreciated that so much. You care about your fans and you make real connections with them. It made my heart happy to see you with one of your readers that you’ve known since she was in second grade. You’ve made real and lasting impacts on people of all ages through your books and you aren’t afraid to place those elephants in the room–and I love that–because sometimes they need to be there! I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. So, thank you Laurie, for being real when others are afraid to be!
Check out Frankie’s recap of the event