2/11/10

Becca Fitzpatrick and Me

I would love to say here's the interview with Becca and me but no...just a photo.
And an autograph!  Last night I went to my first book signing ever!  For Becca Fitzpatricks's book, Hush, Hush and the way I felt, you would have thought I was standing in line to get Tom Cruise's Zack Efron's autograph.  I felt sixteen, even though I was one of maybe three woman who did not have "teen" in their age but I didn't care.

It was so much more than I expected.  (Stand in long line, get book signed, leave)   Becca was on tour with Lisa Mann, author of the Wake Series.  Together they talked about their books, how their book covers were created, read a passage aloud from one of their works, answered questions from the audience and then signed books.  It was about an hour and totally invigorating, inspiring and all things that feed the hopes of becoming an author one day.

Becca's dedication in her book says "And to Justin.  Thanks for not picking the Japanese cooking class - love you."  Justin is her husband and the story behind the thanks is how she became a writer.  Every year for her birthday her husband tries to buy her a unique gift.  The year she turned twenty-four he debated between Japanese cooking class (which made more sense because she studied nutrition in school) or 8 week Creative Writing course.  He chose the latter and it changed her life forever.  That is where she started Hush, Hush and seven years later, it sits on the book shelves.

I definitely plan to attend a lot more book signings.  Hearing their stories in person fuels so much more inside me as a writer than just reading it from their blog/website.  I can only imagine how phenomenal a writer's convention would be.  Thanks for letting me gush.  I had lots of fun and would have LOVED going with a writer buddy so afterwards we could grab coffee and talk books.  (*hint hint* Di)

11 comments :

  1. It's so fun and inspiring to meet writers and hear their writing journey. Great picture of you.

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  2. Wow! I would love to meet her. I just read hush,hush and loved it. It is so inspiring to hear how others got published. Always gives me a boost.
    Nice Picture :)

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  3. I'd be in line for Cruise and I am so totes jeal of your photo!

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  4. So awesome! What a great experience. I have never been to a book signing before- hopefully I'll get to go to one sooner or later!

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  5. Sounds like an awesome time! I still have yet to go to a book signing but it's definitely something I plan to do this year. And hush, hush is pretty fantastic so I'm super jealous of your signed copy :)!

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  6. How exciting! That totally makes me want to attend more book signings.

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  7. How awesome! I need to make my way to a book signing ASAP.

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  8. That sounded like fun...or your just a very good story teller.

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  9. I met her, too, and heard all the same stores. Trampoline. Six hours. Freaking yikes. Anyhoo, I got all fangirly and mute when I met her. *sigh* But, what's done is done. Signed book! Squee!!!

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  10. Wow! Thanks for this post. I've been going back and forth lately. You see, I really want to go to the Teen Book Festival in NY this May. Lisa McMann will be there, she's one of my favorite and many others. But I'm nervous about going since I'm not a teen. You story made it sound sooo exciting. I'm more encouraged to go now.

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  11. Never been to a book signing, but I did attend a SCBWI conference last month. WOW! The speakers and workshops are amazing in and of itself. But just to be surrounded by writers for a whole weekend was amazing. Well worth the money!

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