I am lucky enough to live in an area that hosts quite a few author events. When I saw that one of the local libraries was hosting this event, I immediately made plans to attend with my teenage daughter, Savanna. I have been slowly collecting the books to be signed at the event and showed up about an hour early to make sure that we had good seats. I was kind of surprised that the event was more crowded than it was but it was held on Good Friday during the area's spring break so a lot of people may have been out of town.
I usually like to read the books before going to one of these events but I showed up at this one having only read one of the books which I honestly didn't care for very much. I met up with a wonderful blogger that I met at a previous event, Rachell from Shell's Stories. Be sure to check out her blog when you get a chance. She writes awesome reviews and shares lots of interesting thoughts.
All six authors sat on the stage and answered fun questions together. I had a great time hearing about their characters and their writing process. They had such a wide range of experiences and all had something fun to add. I was really excited to read the book before coming to the event but by the time it was over my excitement had more than doubled.
After the questions, we got to meet with each author to get our books signed. Rachelle was kind enough to help me out with my camera so that I could get some pics with my daughter and the authors.
Rachel Hawkins is funny! I just loved all of her answers during the Q&A portion of the evening and she was incredibly nice to both me and my daughter while she signed our books.
I thought that Sabaa Tahir was very funny during the Q&A portion of the event. She said that it took 6 years to get her book written and published. She really seemed to be having a lot of fun which was fun to watch.
I am still a bit shocked that Karen Bao wrote her first book in High School. Impressive! She is currently a college student and shared that the responsibilities of being an author along with a college student can be very difficult.
I enjoyed talking to Alison Goodman. She is from Australia and my daughter loved her cool accent. I talked to her a bit about how pretty her book was and she told me that originally the girl on the front was wearing different clothes but she made them change it since it wasn't right for the time period. She was very interesting during the Q&A part of the night and seems like her books will be richly detailed. I can't wait to read this one!
April Genevieve Tucholke
April Genevieve Tuchoke was really pretty quiet during the Q&A part of the event, she did seem to be having a much better time signing the books though. She has such a fun signature!
I was really impressed with Alywn Hamilton at this event. When we got to the front of the line for her to sign our books, she was so nice and very outgoing. She remembered my daughter raising her hand when they asked who wanted to be an author and talked to her a bit about it.
My daughter and I had a great time at the event. We didn't get any of our books personalized because we aren't quite sure whose shelf they are going to end up on. They are on mine right now but I suspect that they will end up on my daughter's shelf in the future.