If you live within hearing distance of me, follow me on Twitter, or (this is a given) met me there, then you know I attended Book Expo America 2012 for three days in June. This year was my first time attending BEA and it was more than I could have dreamed for. I knew that I would be meeting tons of fabulous authors-all I had to do was look at the list of attending authors-but the biggest highlight was standing in the lines to meet these fabulous authors. Why?, because I met so many wonderful people; bloggers, librarians, aspiring authors, booksellers, publishing house representatives, and even some more authors (who were actually waiting in line to meet the other authors). The majority of these people were from the states-West Coast to East Coast and everywhere inbetween-but they also came from all over the globe. However, it didn't matter where the person next to you in line was from, we were all readers (aka. very lovely people) and BEA is like Disney World for us. If that theory is correct, then I went to Disney World that week. Here is what happened the night before (aka. My First Night in NYC)...
VENI: I Came
I arrived in New York City at precisely 1:38 pm on Monday, June 4th, 2012. Most NYC virgins would probably be thinking "OMG, I'm in NYC!" and even though that thought was circulating in my brain, I was thinking "OMG, tonight I'm going to McNally Jackson!". You see, that night was my first bookish event in the city and I was going to meet one of my favorite YA authors (there are 3 of them) and her name would be Michelle Hodkin (AKA. The Person Who Gave Us Noah Shaw) ... (AKA. The Author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer). With that thought in my head, I hurried out of LaGuardia, into a town car and to Park Central Hotel.
VIDI: I Saw
I arrived at McNally Jackson a little early, got a good seat and waited for the authors to arrive. That night was the Young Adult Fiction Panel, featuring Michelle Hodkin, Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, Ally Condie, Tonya Hurley and Adele Griffin. I'd never heard of Tonya Hurley or Adele Griffin before, honestly I was there for Michelle. Andrea, Marie & Ally were just perfect cherries to add on top of the whole "Meeting Michelle" part. When the panel got started, I got to snapping pictures.
|Ally Condie, Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu|
|Michelle Hodkin, Adele Griffin, Tonya Hurley|
|Hanging on to Michelle's every word, just like me ;)|
|Why, yes, I did take a picture of M's shoes... They were cute!|
After they were done talking, it was time for the signing of the beautiful books! It was also time to talk to four authors that I really admire, and I was-need I say-nervous. I approached Andrea first; no one was around her and so I made the move (that sounds a little creepy). She was super sweet and signed each copy from her Nightshade series for me. After Andrea, I met Marie. Of course, she was a sweetie too and signed my copy of Legend. Next, I traveled over to the table that Michelle, Ally & Tonya were sitting at. I made my way to Ally first (again, so sweet) and got a copy of Crossed signed. By this point, my head was spinning and my face was hurting from smiling, but I had one more author to go and I was saving the... well you know the saying.
VICI: I Conquered... or I Met Michelle Hodkin
I wish I could recap everything that was said between Michelle and me... I really do, but honestly, when you meet someone that you admire to such a high degree, your brain goes blank. I do remember her saying, "Who's your favorite character?" and without a thought, "Noah," popped from my mouth. Yeah, I think you know why... ;)
|A still from Mara Dyer trailer. Courtesy of Michelle's Twitter.|
To be clear, my favorite character is Mara. However, when she asked me that, I heard "Who's your favorite character, other than Mara?". The one other snippet I remember was telling her that the book she was currently signing to me, was not the only copy of Mara Dyer that I have signed to me by her. I told her how I ordered a signed copy of Mara Dyer from her local bookstore in December of last year and how it had just arrived in the mail a few weeks before. Her response was, "Oh! You're that Olivia!" (She knew who I was!... sorta) She went on to apologize for the delay (completely unnecessary but very sweet), asked me if they had told me what she had told them (that it would be a few months), I said "Yes," and that I didn't mind (I was just over the moon to have a signed copy of my favorite YA book).
|Me, Myself and Michelle|
|The place of magical happenings|