So as some of you may or may not know, I took a roadtrip to NC early August.
Day one: I met Sarah Dessen- who is MY FREAKING IDOL.
and then. AND THEN. as if that wasn't cool enough- I got to go to the ASH2NASH tour stop- was just so much fun! They were all super- sweet and lovely!
But I should note that it's been a month, so my memory is getting hazy.
AND DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND!
So, I only have play-by-play for Sarah's event!
The other ladies will be at DBF! Just know that I loved them all! <3
You guys will have to forgive my terrible photography skills. I tried. It is just not my forte!
Anyway- I wanted to post the pictures first in case no one really cared what I had to say. BUT IN CASE YOU DO- I shall break down my mini-vacation for you.
So, as you can imagine, after driving from ATL- I was DETERMINED to have a front row seat. DETERMINED. And so I may or may not have gotten there two hours before the events began. They hadn't even set up yet. But I was okay with that. BECAUSE I WAS TOTALLY FRONT ROW. (BOTH NIGHTS!- but I'm getting ahead of myself)
So I'm looking around before the event & I see STEPH PERKINS. And of course, naturally, I tweeted about it. Because um, hello. She wrote ANNA & LOLA. My adoration of her runs deep. AND SHE TWEETED BACK.
so I got her attention- and waved- but it was madness in there- )and I tried to find her afterwards- but again- MADNESS. It was insanity! but it's ok- I met her the next night! )
Anyway- so Sarah comes out- and does a reading & takes questions and then the signing begins. and I swear it was like people SWARMED before I even stood up- it was crazy. And I was like ok, well I have a LOT of books anyway, but these girls I'd talked to earlier were like um, you drove from ATL, you can go! And I was like REALLY? BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT.
And Sarah was like yes! come on! And then the flubber-gushing began. Because as I said, SARAH IS MY IDOL. & I spilled my story about how TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER kind of changed my life and how much I love her- and she was like I hope it was worth the trip. I wanted to be like um OF COURSE IT WAS. I MET YOU. But I refrained (mostly!) Anyway- she was very sweet and lovely & signed all of my books.
That alone, would have been worth the trip.
BUT THAT ISN'T ALL.
The next night I was lucky enough to meet VICTORIA SCHWAB, MYRA McENTIRE, BETH REVIS, & STEPH PERKINS (again)!!!
It is fair to say that I was REALLY excited to meet Victoria. I just- I can't tell you guys how much I loved The Near Witch- it was kind of to the point that I half expected her to call security bc I tweeted her so much telling her how much I loved it and how excited I was to meet her- but she did not! :) She was very sweet- I ran into her before the event started- and she was so sweet- and gave me a hug. And I felt better about being so insanely excited. (I wrote her a fangirl letter. Which is a first for me. SO YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE EXCITEMENT.)
So, after the event, I was able to talk to Stephanie finally! She was so sweet- and we talked about Lola (which I LOVED!!!!) - And Beth threatened to steal it from me because she wanted to read it. (If this pics of us are awkward- it's because we were talking about Lola! haha)
And I really loved getting to meet Myra too! She was so sweet- and we talked about DBF mostly! I wanted to tell her that Julie (from Bloggers Heart Books) is the reason I love her so much- but I felt like maybe I'd already been odd enough for one day with all of my tweeting! haha
Then, by the end of the night, I was recognized at the girl who drove all the way from Atlanta- which made me laugh A. LOT. But it's okay. :)
While it was very chaotic, they were all very sweet! and I was able to get pics with almost all of them- and I'm so excited they are coming to DBF this weekend! Hopefully I will be able to control my fangirling. Maybe.
(But where's the fun in that??!?)