So here I am again, to tell you ALL about yesterday! Bare with me, this will be LONG post!! Mostly pictures though!!
Let's see how I'm going to do this...I think I'll make sections for each author :).
And I will save the best for last :).
So let me begin by saying that yesterday was absolutely PERFECT!! I'm serious! It was hands-down the best day of my life so far! Worth every penny, every mile driven, and every sleepless night, of wondering what was going to happen.
Other than going to a Hilary Duff signing, in November 2010, this was my only other author event I've been to. And what better event to go to then to an event that has over FORTY authors! Among them...oh maybe you've heard of a little someone called MEG CABOT!!! Yeah! She is only like my hero!! With over 75 books under her belt (I just figured out I've read at least 50 of them!!), she's written for every age group at one point or another, and tackled (and succeeded) in MANY different genres! It's just amazing!!
More about Meg later though! :)
So let me start from the beginning...
I got up at 5:30 a.m., left my house around 7:00 a.m., got to the Westin Hotel in Long Beach around 8:30.
Waiting outside the area where the event was taking place were some really fun nice people, whom I got to talk to a little bit.
|Yes, my very own Name Tag!! I love name tags :)|
We got to go inside:
To the BOOKS OF COURSE!!! LOL
The first two books I bought were Legend by Marie Lu and Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. Both are by authors featured in the Breathless Tour.
Next, I went inside the dining hall to see where my seat was...
Not only was my seat at the front, but do you know who was sitting at the table next to me??????????
|Can you read what that says????|
And then do you want to know what I saw when I looked at the name placed at the setting next to me??
|That says "Reserved: Marissa Meyer"!!!!!|
After about 20 minutes of looking around, buying books, talking to a few people, we take our seats. Marissa Meyer sits down next to me, holds out her hand and says, "Hello, I'm Marissa Meyer". And do you know what comes out of my mouth??? "I know". LOL I swear!! Luckily, Marissa laughs. I tell her my name, and she sits.
Opening speeches begin. And ten minutes into the first speech, Meg Cabot starts walking in. So quietly, no one is saying anything except the MC of the event. And she sits in her seat. Do you want to get an idea of how close I was to her? Well...
|There is Meg!!! Picture taken from where I was sitting!|
After the opening and Gail Carriger's speech...
It was time for the first signing session!!
I was still a little afraid to go up to Meg, so I grabbed two of the books I had brought and really wanted signed, and headed over to Elise Allen's table.
Anyway, Elise signed both my copies of Elixir and Devoted
|Both Hilary and Elise signed Elixir!|
Next, I brought my two books back to the table, and grabbed my copies of Across the Universe (which I brought with me too), Born Wicked, and Legend, and headed to the Breathless Tour Table.
|Table before the event started|
So when I got to the table, I started at Beth Revis's side. The table, at that moment, didn't have anyone else there really, so I was listening to all five girls talking, and as I went to each one, I realized they were so nice! I especially loved talking to Beth, who I told thanked me for my review (haha, I know I am a nerd), and who said, all modest and embarrassed, "Thank you! Oh good! I'm glad I did!". And then I asked her for the codeword for her giveaway, which she laughed about gladly, and told me. I can't tell you though!!! SORRY!!!!!
Beth was also kind enough to answer my questions:
1. What inspired the whole humans going to another planet- to start a future thing?
And Beth explained that from the beginning one line always stuck with her. This one line inspired everything "I'm the One who unplugged you."
2. Amy is such a strong character in so many ways, yet still vulnerable, would you say you put some of yourself into Amy?
And Beth said, that doesn't believe she's brave like Amy (I think Beth is!! I mean, she went out their and accomplished getting her book published!! That's is what I call Courage!!). But she said that she's put some her own vulnerability into Amy.
|Across the Universe and my postcard I won from one of Beth's giveaway, she signed that as well :)|
|Marie Lu's Legend|
|Jessica Spotswood signed my copy of Born Wicked|
|My Breathless Signed poster!!|
And I got a picture with all of the girls!!
|From left to right: Sara Wilson Etienne, Marie Lu, Jessica Spotswood, Andrea Cremer, Beth Revis, and me :)|
Afterwards, it was already time for lunch. So we went inside, and as we ate, and the Breathless panel went on stage, to talk about their books and answer questions.
|At the table from Left to Right: Beth Revis, Sara Wilson Etienne, Jessica Spotswood, Andrea Cremer, and Marie Lu|
You know, I honestly can't remember if I went to Meg's table during the first round of signing or after, but either way I am keeping Meg for last :).
During the second signing, I took the opportunity and went around to the other tables, to talk to the other authors. I wanted to talk to as many as I could, and find out what their books were about...
|Some of the authors I talked and got bookmarks signed|
She signed her bookmark for me:
|Laura and me.|
My questions to Marissa:
1. Why cyborgs? How did that inspire a Cinderella story?
(This answer is not quote, because I SUCK at writing down things word for word), She said that the idea of Cinderella being a cyborg just came to her one night as she was going to sleep.
2. Why did you choose the location you use in Cinder?
She said that she did some research where she found out that people believe the first ever Cinderella story came from China. And that was why she chose China as her setting.
3. I'm guessing, you're a Cinderella fan :). What is your favorite Cinderella adaptation?
And she answered "Ella Enchanted"!!! That is one of mine too! I love that book and movie!! That was the first book I ever reread!
Took a picture with me, and even signed a couple of extra bookmarks for future giveaways!!!
|Marissa at her signing table|
|My goodies :). She even signed her Reserved sign for me!! LOL I told you, I'm a total nerd!!|
|My signed copy of Cinder|
|Marissa and me|
|Andrea Cremer signed Nightshade|
|Sara Wilson Etienne signed Harbinger|
Meg Cabot's speech.
Now, unfortunately, I have probably one of the crappiest cameras on this planet, and my second set of batteries had already died by lunch time, and my phone takes crappy videos, I was unable to get a video of Meg's speech.
But fortunately, last year in San Francisco Meg gave a similar speech to what she gave yesterday...
That was at last years This is Teen event, in San Francisco, with Libba Bray.
She also talked about The Princess Diaries Movies, which she loved (BTW), and how she went to the premiere. And she talked about how some of her books were inspired...
Heather Wells: was inspired by the time she worked in the NYU dorm rooms, after graduating from the Indiana University, where her dad worked and she got FREE tuition!! LUCKY!!!
The Mediators: which BTW there will be another one in the future!!! YES!!!!! and is really close to being made into a movie (or TV series even!!) was inspired of the time, after Meg's dad passed away, and she thought she was seeing him. It inspired her to write a book (or series) about a teenage girl who can see not only her dead dad, but also other dead people, and talk to them and help move onto their next place.
Insatiable: was inspired by her neighbor, who only came out at night and whose dog went to her house. Meg said that there was only one explanation, her neighbor HAD to be a vampire!! How awesome is that???!!!
Princess Diaries: was inspired by her mom, who started dating Meg's old teacher. EWWWW!!!!
It was so funny, because originally when she turned in the draft, her agent was like, "Yeah this is good. But why is the character 30? What does she care if her mom is dating a teacher she had years ago?" HAHAHA, that was when Meg kept thinking and she decided the book was either going to be about a Princess or an alien. So she asked the opinions of the people in the dorm she worked at, and the kids were like "Ugh...well...you know...Princess seem more realistic...I guess. Ugh..."
HAHAHA it was hilarious!! Because Meg would do these funny voices and everything!
So now...to the best part of the entire day!! Which btw, was already an AMAZING day!!
|Meg at her signing table|
I grabbed the six books I had decided to bring (I wish I could have brought them all!! But I would have needed a Radio Flyer for that LOL)
She signed all 6 of my books too!
And here are the questions I asked her:
Meg's questions were:
1. You've written so many different types of stories, what are your inspirations?
(I am not quoting!! Because I suck at writing down word for word, and didn't want the couple of people behind me to get mad!) But she basically said that most of her stories all are inspired by Personal experiences.
2. If you could choose any one of your books to be made into a movie, which one would you choose?
This one took her a little bit to answer. I mean she's written SOOOOO many books (about 75!!) It was between Insatiable (which by the way, I found out I've been saying wrong this WHOLE TIME!!) and Abandon, but ultimately she decided on Abandon.
What was really cool was when she said that she hopes that The Heather Wells Series is turned into a TV series! I've been saying that for years!! Those books would be perfect as a TV show!! Each episode dedicated to Heather solving a new mystery in the dorm rooms!! :)
And then Meg also had some exciting news, where she said that it's not 100% decided yet, but it is REALLY close to being official that there is either a movie or TV show being made based on The Mediator Series!!!! That would be awesome!! I wish all of Meg's books could be made into movies!!!
And then another cool thing happened!! Meg remember the letter I sent her almost three years ago!!! She remembered seeing my location on a letter, and when I told her what my card looked like, she said, "Oh yes! I remember!"
AWWWW...Meg Cabot remembered my letter!!!
So here is the picture I've been waiting to have for MANY years now...
|Meg Cabot and me!!!|
So overall, the day was an absolute success!
Here is the stack of signed and free books I took home from the event:
|A grand total of 16 books!!!|
And here are all the goodies I got:
|EVERYTHING I brought home!|
It was such an amazing day! I really hope I get the opportunity to see Meg again one day. And the entire Breathless group, as well as Marissa Meyer, Laura Wright, and everyone else! It was so amazing!
I'm actually sad it's over, but that's how I always feel after an exciting day :).
A HUGE thank you to Passion & Prose for putting together such an amazing event!
I hope to go again some day, if not next year! :)
The Romance Bookie :)