Before these past two years I had very rarely been offered the opportunity to meet authors in the flesh. Being from Adelaide, Australia it isn't often a venue for authors to traipse through...let alone the country towns I have lived in.
2010 was a year in which I used my primary break to visit New York. In my sixteen days there I had the opportunity to meet up with ...
Melissa Walker (author of upcoming Small Town Sinners) who had come straight from interviewing Spike Lee. We meet atop the Atlas building (where the Project Runway contestants live) and listened to Charlotte Sometimes perform live. Melissa is exactly as she seems in her vlogs - sweet, funny and very down to earth.
Gayle Forman (author of If I Stay and upcoming sequel) took me across Brooklyn on a walking tour. Brooklyn is such an interesting place and I had the best company possible. Gayle is a dynamo full of what seems to be endless energy and it was great getting to explore her neighborhood with her as a guide.
Michelle Zink (author of 2010's Guardian of the Gate) kindly invited me on a family visit to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Such an unbelievably friendly bunch!
Beth Fantaskey (author of 2010's Jekel Loves Hyde) showed me around a lovely little Pennsylvanian town where I spotted my first ever squirrel (none in Oz) and tasted creamed corn.
Cassandra Clare signing which also happened to have Holly Black, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier and graphic artist Nicole Virella. It was my first ever signing event and what a way to start. I had a fabulous time pre-event hanging out and discussing books with Mitali and other people waiting. Cassie was lovely and this event resulted in me finally reading (and loving ) Holly Black's work. Read and see more of this event here.
More details on my NYC trip here.
December 21 - 5 Great Debuts
December 22 - 5 Great Covers
December 23 - 5 Great Series
December 24 - 5 Great Re-Reads (books you've LOVED so much you went back for more)
December 25 - 5 Most Anticipated (2011 titles)
December 26 - 5 Hopes for YA in 2011
December 27 - 5 Great YA Movie Deals
December 28 - 5 Great Author (in the flesh) Moments
December 29 - 5 Great YA Bloggers
December 30 - 5 Great Miracles that Occurred to Get Me Reading More ______ (choose your genre)
December 31 - 5 Best Titles for 2010 (which I double because 5 was too hard)