OH. MY. GOD!
Bahahaha! Okay. I’m not dead, but I am amazing! Well, at least, I feel amazing! Hahahaha! Why is that? Well, I’ll tell you…
I MET V.E. SCHWAB!
Boom, bitches! 😝
I was beyond ecstatic when I found out that my local bookstore was gonna be hosting an author meet-and-greet and signing with the one, the only, V.E. Schwab. I was dying! And I owe this lovely event to Epic Reads as they’re the ones who brought her to my Midwest hometown. THANK YOU! (finally! hahaha! 😂)
VE Schwab is such an amazing person who is really open with writers and readers. She knows who she is, and she supports everyone to be who they are. Not to mention, she offered some amazing writing advice: Handwrite that first draft. This has actually helped me to get started on a new novel and I’m so thankful!
In addition to V.E. Schwab, there were two author lovely, amazing YA authors.
Joelle Charbonneau was promoting her brand new release, Dividing Eden, but she’s also the author of Need, and The Testing series. I do believe this woman has a foot in almost every YA genre: fantasy, scifi, and contemporary mystery. That kind of cross-over appeal is insane! And I’m so ashamed I haven’t read her books, but Need has been on my TBR for a while. 😋 (And everyone knows about the struggles of my endless TBR. Hee hee!)
Joelle is a very energetic person. She can talk a mile a minute at ease and is so relatable that you forget she’s a famous author. It was such a blast chatting with her!
And to really round out the YA genres with some horror, Madeleine Roux was there promoting her new release, House of Furies. She’s also the author of the Asylum series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, and Sadie Walker Is Stranded. In addition to being an author, Madeleine loves playing video games. If only she had time for a Twitch stream. That’d be epic! 😄
Not to mention, she’s pretty much the edgiest author ever with tattoos, an epic haircut, and facial piercings. She’s who she is and I respect her so much for that! 😃
What I really loved about this event was the way it was done. Rather than a panel where the authors all sit behind a table and talk about their books or just answer questions, the audience was split into three groups. Each author would then sit in front of the group like it was story time and we would just chat. It was so informal and so much nicer than the pressurized atmosphere of panels. I couldn’t have asked for a better time! Well, maybe if I could’ve gotten signed books from every author. 😜
Sadly, I was on limited spending money and, since it was already a pay-to-attend event, I could only afford to buy one book. While I would’ve liked to get a copy of each of these wonderful authors’ novels, I chose a copy of Our Dark Duet. That way I have no excuse to not finish this amazing duology! 😊