So I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Pitch Dark Days event at the local Barnes and Noble in Cary! It was hosted by Alison Lisnow from HarperCollins and featured the amazing Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi. When I first found out about the event a few months ago, I almost died. This was first book event EVER EVER EVER. And it was fantastic. I made my best friend go with me and she even enjoyed herself even though she’s only read Unearthly. The format was pretty standard: a panel with questions followed by a signing line. Every author was so fantastic and the event itself was so fun and the only way I can coherently put it together is to break it up by author! So here we go! (I also failed to take ANY pictures except for one because I was so nervous and excited)
Brodi Ashton: Everbound
Brodi is truly hilarious. I don’t know what I was expecting when this cute little blonde person opened her mouth but she was so fantastic. I can’t even begin to describe it. She was loud and snarky and I kind of wanted to be best friends with her. She told us a great story about trying to create the underworld for her Everneath series and how it finally happened on a paper plate. I obviously can’t tell it like it she can but I think everyone was dying of laughter after she was done. When I got to meet her and have her sign my book, she was so nice. I told her it was for a giveaway for my blog and she asked what my blog was called and everything. And then she gave me chocolate! How cute!
Cynthia Hand: Boundless
Cynthia was who I was truly wanted to see when I came to this event. I don’t think I’ve made it a secret that the Unearthly series is probably my favorite from the past five years. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read and reread the first two books. Anyway, Cynthia was so nice and gracious at the event. When it came time to sign the books, I came with the entire series! Plus, I had something extra for a friend (she’s reading this so I won’t give it away!) and I asked for a picture and she did it all with a smile on her face! Add to that, she asked me what team I am. My immediate response was “TEAM TUCKER!” And she handed me the patch pictured here. I almost died. And during the panel she was so well-spoken answering her questions. I kind of wish I could take a class with her for a few days or something. “How to be an Awesome Author” with Cynthia Hand. Wouldn’t you go? I would.
Tahereh Mafi: Unravel Me
Let me just start off by saying that Tahereh is a doll. A teeny, tiny doll with amazing style and the best eyelashes I’ve ever seen in real life. She was wearing these giant blue shoes that I kind of wanted to steal, but I knew they wouldn’t fit so I just admired from afar. I don’t even have the words to describe her because she was so much like me. She was witty and fantastic — she even blew the mic out at one point! Total diva moment. It was fabulous. I was a bit nervous because I wasn’t a fan of her book but seeing her in person and hearing her talk about her passion for writing just made me realize that I’ll definitely give her next books a shot. She’s too fantastic not too. And her first manuscript was about a girl with magical, purple eyelashes – what’s not to love? (also she complimented one of my tattoos! Made me blush!)
Veronica Rossi: Through The Ever Night
I hate that Veronica is at the end because everything I want to say about her, I feel like I’ve said about everyone else. I had no idea that she was also an oil painter so when she started talking about writing her novels, which are true dystopians, it was fantastic. As a visual person myself, I could really grasp what she was saying and describing about writing and how she develops her stories. She was so insightful into so many things as far as her writing style and getting published and finding voices. When she talked about writing Perry, she said that she had a bunch of her guy friends read excerpts to make sure that it was masculine when she first began writing him. I kind of just wanted to sit and listen to her talk and bask in her aura and let her rub off on me forever. When I got to meet her she asked me about my blog and what I had read recently – so sweet and genuine.
Overall I had the absolute best time even though I was super awkward and got super nervous. These authors are all fabulous both in their writing and real life. I can’t thank HarperCollins enough for deciding that little old Cary, North Carolina was worth a stop and these authors for taking the time to come out and speak to us. Now I need to be less awkward and be better prepared for the next author event that ventures into my neck of the woods!