|Beth Revis and Myra McEntire|
It didn't matter that I was late. It didn't matter that my son had to get another cast which means three more weeks of trying to keep him off that foot. It didn't matter that I had a teenager that did not want to be with me. I got to meet four awesome authors!That's right! And my teenager changed his mind after he met them. Decided maybe he'd like to give this reading thing a chance. Listening to me talk to them and hearing little snippets about their books, made it sound not so bad!
|Victoria Schwab and Michelle Hodkin|
I took notes. (I know talk about geek!) Beth Revis was/is a teacher. I didn't notice if she used the past tense or not, but she has ten, yes ten unpublished novels, before she reached this magical creation of Across the Universe! So everyone out there struggling don't give up! Because you know the ravings going on about Across the Universe! And at the other end of the spectrum is Michelle Hodkin who just sat down after an encounter with a mom and her daughter and wrote a story imagining their situation. I'm not saying exactly what she said because I don't know if she wants that kept quiet or what, but the origins of the story she wrote are eerie. But she submitted her book to a contest that just happened to be judged by an agent. She won and the agent told her to submit it. First book, no thoughts ever of being a writer, she was a lawyer! But, they do write a lot. And Myra, I didn't catch how many books she'd submitted I was more interested in the fact that she thinks she's never done with her story. Even after she turns it in. And all of the writers agreed. But Myra says she turned book two in and said she apologized to her publisher. Then took a step back. And cleaned. All of them clean when they need a break from writing or need to clear their minds. I think I need to focus more on my writing, because I'm still not unpacked. Or I need to live closer to one of them so they can come clean my house! But Myra cleaned for a month! And then she said she figured out how to fix what needed to be fixed and she did and everything's fine now so we can all sigh with relief because book two will be coming. However, she did say something about "If" she sells book three so make sure you buy book two because this story needs to be finished!! And then Victoria's story was that she had a novel before The Near Witch that had 19 out of 20 people behind it in the publishing house. But apparently, in publishing, it's got to be 100 percent. So that one person kept her book from being published.
It was incredible to have that much creativity in the room and I felt so awed to be able to speak to them (all hundreds of years younger than me!) and it inspired me to come home and continue my efforts at writing. Victoria Schwab said she starts with one sentence, a prompt, a question, just a sentence and goes from there.
If you get a chance to hear these authors on the ASH 2 NASH tour, I promise you, you will not be disappointed! Definitely pick up their books and get them signed and make sure you get your tickets put in the basket for the door prize! Myra McEntire has posters and pins!!
And they were all so gracious, they met with my two boys and talked to them and signed my 11 yr old's brand new cast! Pictures below!
"You Rock!" Beth Revis wrote on my son's cast. Myra McEntire drew an arrow and wrote, "Yes you do!"
He'll still have this cast when school starts. It's middle school. Maybe he'll find some fans!
Then Victoria Schwab wrote
And Michelle Hodkin asked
"What will you believe?"
And so I give you my own awesome ASH 2 NASH giveaway!
A signed copy of :
And no, there was a copy of Mara Dyer there with Michelle Hodkin, but she was watching it pretty closely and I thought I could probably get my teenager to grab it and run, but the kid in the cast would slow me down and I'd already said my name several times and my blog name especially to Michelle. Besides, I'd rather be friends with the authors and just wait another month and a half. It comes out on my birthday! Oh, the give away! Just a simple comment giveaway!
Tell me if you've been to a book signing and who it was and which book you'd like to win! Please leave a way for me to contact you an email address is preferable. You can still enter if you've never attended a book signing. Just tell me that! This contest will end on August 12th one week from today! Oh, and it's US only but my Sept. giveaway is International and it'll be good! Oh and it'd be nice if you're a follower, but you don't have to!