My favorite part of the evening was meeting the authors. I was so nervous about it. I really didn't know if I'd get up the nerve to go and talk to any of them. Shannon Hale was sitting at the table just behind me but I was so starstruck that I couldn't get myself to go and talk to her. After dinner she was so gracious to start mingling. I think Natasha may have pointed her in my direction because she knew how much I wanted to meet her--thanks, Natasha! James Dashner was quickly drawn into the conversation as well and I was in heaven. I'm reading his book The Maze Runner right now and it's very good. Have you ever been in a situation where your blood and adrenaline just start pumping so hard that your insides feel like they're going to burst but you're not in a position where you can show all that pent up emotion or you'll look like a total idiot in front of two really cool authors who are both so funny and charming that you feel like you might collapse and die? Well I have and I'll tell you it's both frightening and exhilarating. James has the kind of dry sense of humor that I just love and I hope I didn't laugh too much and look like a fool. I want to be just like Shannon when I grow up. She is so funny and smart and we had such a great conversation about The Actor and the Housewife. Here's a picture with them:
Here's another picture that Suey (or maybe it was her husband) took. Thanks, Suey.
I'm glad to see that my face isn't quite as red as it felt like it was.
Here's another picture that I borrowed (stole) from Suey. Thanks again.
Back Row: Alison from So Many Books, So Little Time, Suey from It's All About Books, Natasha from Maw Books, me, Cherylynne from Critiquing the World, Shannon Hale, Michelle Teacress , Ann Cannon. Middle row: Cherylynne from Critiquing the World and Cari from Book Scoops. Front row: Karen from Typing With My Toes, Melissa from One Librarian's Book Reviews. (Cherylynne and Karen were two I forgot about earlier. You both are darling. So sorry I forgot.)