I seldom do the “fan” thing for a couple of reasons: one — at my age, I feel like a stalker when I meet artists I admire up close for they are only meant to be appreciated from afar and through their work. And two — I like to keep the illusion of them being pretty cool people in real life in order to have created whichever masterpiece of theirs I’m in love with.
So you can imagine how awesome it was to get to meet one of my favorite YA authors, Andrea Cremer, at the annual Authors Unlimited event at St. Joseph’s College and discover how down to earth and sweet she is. My 17-year-old son and his friend dug her love of video games too.
And I could go on and on about how humble and forthcoming she was about her writing path but there were so many other things I wanted to cover about the day in so little space (cuz I hate reading others’ really long blog posts — and facebook posts too for that matter) that you’re just going to have to take my word for how surreal the experience was. She’s my new friend-in-my-head (in my Wendy Williams’ voice).
I’d stumbled upon her Nightshade series by accident and couldn’t put it down, falling love with all of the characters, so much so that I got other avid readers to fall in love with the story too — including my sister. In fact, I planned on surprising her with the next book in Cremer’s prequel after having it signed.
Unfortunately, I had other things going on that day and couldn’t get there at the very beginning this time but I could tell by their pictures that the event gets better with each passing year like a fine wine!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous as I felt like the island hasn’t seen an actual spring season in about two years. The college campus was beautiful as always, especially with its rows of trees whose flowers were in bloom lining the walkways. I wished I had a greener thumb to know what they’re called, but they resembled cherry or crabapple trees as their petals occasionally billowed from its branches in a romantic descent.
After taking my two co-conspirators out to lunch, I made it home in time to help my 9-year-old and her friends with their talent show performance. And after staving off my 6-year-old’s complaint about his umpteenth boo boo from playing hard with the bigger kids, I fed everyone and passed out!!
It was one of my best days ever and as I reflect on how much longer getting published is taking me with all of these lovely distractions along the way, disappointment and frustration is not what comes to mind.
All I feel is extremely grateful to have been blessed with such a full life. <3
How’s the spring season been treating you so far?