I’ve been really lucky to have met a lot of authors and honestly MOST of my favorite authors. Between having a decent amount of events come to Philly area and being close to New York, I’ve been SO lucky to see so many great authors! It’s always memorable to meet an author whose books I have enjoyed and chat with them or an author who you’ve chatted with for YEARS and then finally get to meet (cough *that time I met Morgan Matson after YEARS of loving her books*) but here are some of my most memorable author moments in my seven years of blogging. I hope you’ll share some of your most memorable author meetings with me in the comments!
1. That time I got to celebrate my birthday with Gayle Forman:
Okay so technically it wasn’t my FIRST time meeting Gayle. I had been lucky to meet Gayle, one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE AUTHORS, a bunch of times between her coming to Philly a couple times for events and me going to NYC to events she was at. She is literally my favorite — so smart, so interesting, funny and I LOVE HER BOOKS SO MUCH. She was coming to our area on my birthday and I tweeted her that I was happy to be spending my birthday at her event and she’s like I’M BRINGING YOU A CAKE. And like….she actually did. And the whole crowd at my favorite local indie bookstore sang to me. Birthday 2013? ONE OF THE BEST BIRTHDAYS EVER. Gayle is The Best.
2. That time I met my childhood idol:
The day I got to meet RL Stine was one of the best days ever. He was a huge part of the reason why I was a reader — I devoured his Goosebumps books and his Fear Street books were the only books that (besides Christopher Pike) that I was reading as a teen. I was at BEA, at the Macmillan booth, talking to a publicist I knew and I see him walking by. I’m like IS THAT RL STINE??? And she’s like yeah you wanna meet him? And I’m like YES UM OMG WHAT DO I SAY?!? Then she introduced us and he’s like “Hi, call me Bob!” CALL ME BOB? OKAY BOB OMG HI BOB AHHH. I know I babbled about how much I loved his books but I barely remember. I didn’t pass out. I know that much. I saw him the next year walking around with his wife and I said hi to him real quickly and he was just SO NICE and so down to earth. It’s scary to meet a childhood idol…it could have gone really badly and I would be scarred for life. But he was even better than I had imagined.
3. That time I had 20 seconds to speak to John Green:
I went to the National Book Fest quite a few years ago and John Green was there signing. The line was SO LONG (they only had 2 hours to sign but he stayed until everyone got through) and so you only had like 20 seconds to speak to him and snap a pic while he was signing your book. I was figuring out what I was going to say and decided on “I GOT MARRIED LAST YEAR AND USED ONE OF YOUR QUOTES IN MY CEREMONY” and he looked at me very genuinely and said, “hey that’s really awesome!” I later went on to make a fool of myself when I got to be on a conference call interview with him and we were told we were muted when it wasn’t our turn and IT TURNS OUT WE WEREN’T…and I was the moron who, when my husband came home, was like OMG OMG OMG LISTEN IT’S JOHN GREEEEEEEEEN and then added, “don’t worry I’m muted he can’t hear me.” And then he stopped…..and laughed…and said “hey you actually aren’t muted!”
4. That time I got to meet Elizabeth Wein in a very small, intimate setting:
I looooved Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity and it was our book club’s first book so we all went to her event when we found out she was coming to our area. It was just book club plus like one other person and we got to sit in a circle with her and chat in such an intimate setting. She’s such an interesting woman and it was so nice to hear cool things about the book and the research and just other stuff. One of those rare author events where you really get to know an author and spend time with them since the crowd was so small!
5. That time I got to meet and interview one of The Biggest Deals In YA and she was the nicest and most down to earth ever:
Sarah Dessen….queen of YA. I adore her books and I adored her even more getting to meet her and interview her before the event at my local indie. She was such a delight to talk to and so open and honest and I could just feel her passion. I loved talking about how the industry and YA scene has changed, her career over all those years, and more! Here’s the interview if you are interested — she was so candid and wonderful and it was so nice to see that from someone who is literally the biggest YA author out there with such a long and wonderful career.
So tell me…what are some of your most memorable author meetings? Are there any authors that are like on the TOP of your list that you want to meet?
Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish. This week’s topic was all about authors you want to meet or authors you have met.
PS. Wondering how to find out about book events in your area? I got you!