Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (ARCycling)
From the signing:
Signed bookmarks from Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwaab, and Megan Shepherd
Signed postcard from Beth Revis
“Prince Kai” and “Lunartic” buttons & Scarlet sticker
As you can see, it was an AMAZING week for me! Now for a story….
Remember back in January when 5 lovely authors held this wonderful voting even called Bringing YA to you? Well, when I heard that the winning city was in Tennessee (Algood Middle School in Cookeville), I was STOKED! I was like, DUDE, that’s only like 5 hours away! I got the email about it Sunday night, so it was very last minute…but I had Tuesday off already so I thought to myself, Hell, why not Geo? You only live once, right? Be adventurous! So I decided to take an unplanned mini road trip to go to my first ever author signing! EEP! Nothing awesome ever comes anywhere close to Ohio, so I figured it was worth it because I don’t know when I’ll get another chance like this.
I went with my boyfriend, and we got a little lost on the way down. It was supposed to be a 5 1/2 hour drive (according to Google maps), but we used the Garmin GPS and it got us lost. Seriously, we were driving around in circles for like an hour because the stupid thing kept messing up and doing the annoying ‘recalculating…recalculating’ thing. It was showing the route we were supposed to be on, but showing that the car was out in the middle of a field. And telling us to turn where there were no roads. (The importance of keeping your maps updated!) Neither of us had ANY cell phone service, so we had no choice but to listen to the stupid thing and hope we eventually got on track. It took us six and a half hours to get there. Ridiculous. Thank goodness for the time change that I didn’t know about, because we didn’t get there til 6:15 our time – EST (signing started at 6 CST)!
But we made it, the event was EPIC, and I got to meet Beth Revis, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, Megan Shepherd, and Victoria Schwaab! It was so cool to hear them talk about their experiences and answer some questions (they answered one of mine in the video!). Even cooler to get to talk to them personally! Beth was my favorite to meet because she’s just so spunky and charismatic. Not to mention that when I told her I was a book blogger she said I could send her an email for an interview sometime! *fangirl squee*
There were hardly any people there – it was pretty much just some middle school students and parents. So there were hardly any lines waiting to get books signed! Woot!
Here’s 45 minutes of the Q&A panel – I couldn’t record the whole thing because my iPhone memory was full :( But in the video they answer the questions: what books they have upcoming, what made them start writing, where they got the inspirations for their books, which books they wrote were their favorite, who their favorite character was to write (my question – 29 minutes in! :D), and what their childhoods were like. We get to learn awesome things like what show Marissa was obsessed with (totally love that show!), which one of them liked to chop heads off teddy bears, and who grew up in a book store. I know it’s long, but if you’ve got 45 minutes to spare, it’s worth watching :)
*And please excuse the wobbly camera, it’s reeaally hard to hold a little phone still for such a long period of time (not to mention my butt was falling asleep and I couldn’t keep myself still)….
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