I went to a wonderful book event to see one of my most favorite authors Mary E. Pearson and the lovely Marie Rutkoski!! I've been anxious to meet Mary for so long, and we talk on Twitter quite often, so imagine my surprise and excitement when I discovered she'd be signing in San Diego right near where I was staying for vacation. It was probably the best coincidence ever.
I got to the event 15 minutes early and bought copies of The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and The Winner's Curse along with bringing in my copies of The Kiss of Deception and my ARCs of books 1 & 2. I sat down in the front row and tweeted a bit until Mary came out.
Marie was nowhere to be seen and the moderator hadn't come over yet, so I went up to Mary and introduced myself. When I said "Hi, it's Rachel!" she recognized me and gave me a huge hug and we both fangirled and squee-d for a bit. Then we talked for around 10 minutes until the event started. She is soooo sweet and funny, and ahhhh it was surreal getting to meet and chat with her!
The questions were wonderful, and I wish I had recorded or taken notes. I tweeted a bit though! Some of the details I tweeted:
-Mary quit her job to become a full-time reader. She sold the first book she wrote.
-Marie adds a flair of Jane Austen in The Winner's Curse (the balls, the dresses, the gossip)
-The Kiss of Deception shows how as much as the world changes, some things still stay the same like war
-The Winner's Curse's struggle between the Herrani and the Valorians is influenced by the struggle between the Romans and the Greek
-The Kiss of Deception is built on the ashes of a previous advanced world
-Marie loves suffering in romances as long as there's a happily ever after
Marie and Mary both agree that they wrote romances inwhich both characters would stay true to themselves even while in love
I waited until the end of the event to get my books signed and chatted with a lovely Macmilan employee whom I had just met. We talked a lot, gabbed about our favorite books, and it was fascinating getting to learn about how marketing in publishing works! So nice to meet you, Ashley!!
I talked to Marie for a bit, got TWC signed, and then chatted with Mary again while she signed 5 books for me. She is so so so so sweet!!
I've never been to a bad signing before, but this one was especially fun!!