I'm still jumping all over the place. Well, OK. Perhaps only mentally. I did, after all, still have to work today. But the excitement is still very much there.
Because it's not just that I met a YA author.
Because I've met (meaning actual "hello" and handshake)
All before I ever read their books. I'd never even heard of Bauer at the time!
I have since finished graduate school and had time to read. And I, well, kinda went overboard on the reading. Like the world was going to end and I had to read every book I possibly could. I've read at least 230 YA books in about 3.75 years. That's quite a lot when compared with the 7 years I was in college. And among those books included ones of Bauer's and Hale's that I just loved. So, yes, I'm excited that I've met them. But, well, it wasn't all that exciting when I was actually there meeting them. Because I didn't know their works and didn't know how much I would want to meet them.
But in these years, I also read Ally Carter. Author of the Gallagher Girl series. Fabulous fluff full of adventure, fun, sass, smarts, and mm-hmm boys. Last year brought the first in a new series--just as delightful, only this time thieving instead of spying. The sequel came out this week, but our library is on back-order. Urg.
Still. I have highly enjoyed Carter's works. And when I heard a few months ago that she was coming here, the excitement began to mount. And did not stop!
And, well, the excitement was worth every bit.
But Confession Time: I was chatting with a mom and her daughter. I saw my friend and former co-worker walk in--in her adorable GG outfit--with another woman in a just as adorable outfit. The mom asked me about them, and I told her the other woman must have started at the library after I left. And, well, I was so wrong. Who else? Of course.
May I introduce you to Ally Carter!
And her giggle laugh. It's very much her personality.
I totally botched the filming on this one, but she's laughing because we all had just put on our big sunglasses. (Oh yeah. I bought a pair just for this. Well, OK. I've been needing a new pair for years. This just conveniently gave me an excuse. And I never thought I'd buy what I used to call "grasshopper glasses," but...I did. And I love them!)
She went straight to Q& A--which was awesome.
Some very kind people in the audience asked the questions whose answers I wanted to know.
I'm OK with that--it leaves him free for me!
Question: You have such great pacing--how do you manage it?
Answer: Why, thank you and
Well. I think that rules me out a bit. I don't know how to just cut to it. I love to drag it out. I love words. I'm too Dickensian (but thankfully not so much Hugo-ian) to know how to just get right to it.
Question: Who she would most like to be--Kat or Cammie?
Hilarious, eventual Answer: If I could I'd be Kat attending Gallagher Academy and dating Joe Solomon!
Question: How do you research being a spy and a thief?
Stinky video won't post--it's apparently too large and I don't have the software to edit it down. She refers to her time in the CIA. Talks of her boyfriend George Clooney. And worries that she's on a Watch list from all of the things she Googles. Much funnier on the video--sorry I can't post!
(And the George Clooney relationship? So funny to read on her blog!!)
Question: Will your books be made into movies?
Question (from 1 of the 3 guys in the room who was there "because [his] sister was in CA and [he] was there on penalty of death": This Heist Society sounds interesting. Do you think I would like it?
And it was pretty neat to hear how she finally came up with Hale's name.
(Visiting temple square and seeing the names on monuments--hmmmmm.....--played a part.)
Overall, a very delightful hour of Q&A. She was very fun and personable. Including in person! Here she is with my friend and former co-worker.
And here I am--talking with her!! She was saying something about Harry Potter and how alike it was to GG5--meaning Murder. (Yes. She said it. And she didn't say by who or to who, so.....!)
And she signed my book.
And let me have a picture with her!!!!
Oh my wowness.
It was so awesome.