In one of the longest weekends of my husbands life we took a trip up to the Chicago suburbs to meet the fab authors: Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, & Sophie Jordan who were all fabbity fab fab.
First they did an author panel and talked about themselves and their work.
(Yeah I have other pictures, but I just love Kiersten's face in this picture)
After they spoke about themselves and their books they did question and answer sessions, in which Claudia threw candy to those who asked questions.
What did I learn through this panel?
From Sophie: Romance and women's fiction transfers easily into young adult. What is young adult without a little romance and kissing, but just drop their age? Also? If you hang out at Starbucks across from a high school, you may get some great ideas for young adult novels!
From Kiersten: Oh how I've fangirled out about Kiersten (more to come on that). What I've always learned from Kiersten is to never give up. Sometimes you write a novel for fun and it becomes a NYT bestseller! What I learned that day was how to work a writing schedule around kids (three words: Daddy baby sits.)
From Claudia: (My husband kept pointing out that's her pen name, so I guess he really was paying attention?) She gave the best writing schedule advice: instead of concentrating on word counts focus on what scene you want to get done that day and make that your goal of the day. Also? That there were werewolves on the Titanic.
I wanted to buy all three of these ladies books, BUT I have a book allowance since we just bought a house, I spent $75 on a Snoogle...oh and did I mention I have ten books on my shelf that I just bought that my husband didn't know about right away?
So, sadly, but not too sadly I only bought PARANORMALCY. I went up there with my book, Kiersten looked down saw my name and goes "OH MY GOSH, YOU'RE MAGAN" and then pointed at my tummy...it looked like this.
(See the belly pointing that I thought was her wanting to shake my hand? Also notice that there was a heat advisory last week so I wore capris, but it ended up being only 56 degrees so I grabbed a coat.)
We had a moment in which we bonded and then everyone in line knew I was pregnant and stared at my bump, but it's all good because then I got a picture with these three amazing ladies.