That time I signed a book for Stephanie Perkins

Get ready, intrepid blog readers, for I’m going to tell you a story about one of the best days of my authoring life thus far.

On Sunday, I made my way up to Little Shop of Stories in Decatur to see Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins on their tour stop. Because when two of your favorite authors show up at your favorite place in the world, you get in your car and you go. I met my bookish besties and settled in for what I knew would be a fun and hilarious hour.

Stephanie and Maureen were hysterical as always, telling stories about smelly hotel rooms, dead bodies, and interpretive performances of Stephanie’s high school journals. When we got to the Q&A portion, I had to ask Maureen for an update on her crazy neighbor (seriously, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click the link). And when I raised my hand, Stephanie asked me to stand and then told everyone who I was, and that I had written a book called Meant to Be.

AND THEN.

She said, “If you like Anna and the French Kiss, you should definitely check out Meant to Be.”

I managed to keep my brain from exploding and oozing out my eyeballs, said hi to the crowd, thanked Stephanie for being so stinkin’ awesome, and then asked Maureen about her neighbor (which illicited an hysterical response about a threshing machine). That moment right there? That would have been worth ten drives to Decatur, but that’s not even the best part.

For you see, after the event, Stephanie bought a copy of Meant to Be from Little Shop and had me sign it for her.

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Once again, I managed to keep (sort of) cool, but I think you can tell from this series of shots taken by Liz Vallish (book club buddy and BookTuber Extraordinaire), that I was trying very hard not to dissolve into a hysterical giggle fit …



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And in case you wonder what you write when one of your favorite authors asks you to autograph your book for her …

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Holy. Crap.

I say this all the time … in fact, I said it in my last post when I talked about meeting Robin Benway, but I have to say it again. The YA Community is absolutely the coolest, most fun, most supportive group on the planet, and I thank my lucky stars daily that my passion brings me in contact with all these amazing people.  And when I say YA Community, I don’t just mean authors. I’m including agents and editors and designers and bloggers and readers and tweeters and fangirls and fanboys and everyone in between.

Also, that thing in my lap in those pictures? Well, as if I don’t need another thing to take up lots of my time (you know, what with the writing and the reading and the internet-ing …), I taught myself to crochet last weekend. I’m working on a blanket, and I managed to add three rows while at Little Shop. And yes, I’ll always think of this awesome moment when I look at that blanket forever and ever.

The Friday Five: A whole lotta books edition

1. Thanks to all the awesome readers and bloggers out there who joined in, Valentines Week 2k13 has been AWESOME! Wednesday night’s Shindig Liveshow was so fun. Thanks to Random House Kids and Shindig for hosting, Alexandra Monir for being YA fabulous, and all of you that came and asked questions! Last night’s #ChicksLuvFlicks livetweet of Clueless was also pretty rad. So many high school memories of that movie … we’re going to do another #ChicksLuvFlicks livetweet in March, so if you have movie suggestions, leave ’em in the comments! I also got to do some awesome Valentines-themed guest posts, including this one with behind the scenes deets on MEANT TO BE, and this one, all about Julia’s first date after her big trip! So thanks again to everyone who celebrated Valentines Day with me and MEANT TO BE this year!

2. Which brings me to …. the winners of the big MEANT TO BE giveaway! Drumroll please …

If you’re one of the lucky winners, please email me at lemorrill at gmail dot com to claim your prize!

3. Last week I popped on up to one of my favorite places in the whole world, Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories, where the ladies of the Dark Days Tour stopped in for a visit. Brodi Ashton, Veronica Rossi, Cynthia Hand, and Tahereh Mafi were all there to talk about their books. I picked up Shatter Me and promptly devoured it, then snagged Destroy Me followed by Unravel Me (which I read almost in one night). I got super sucked into these, but I gotta say … #TeamKenji. He’s so funny and confident and cool! Of all the dudes, I’d much rather hang out with him. Can’t wait for the next one!

4. While I was at Little Shop of the event, I spent some time perusing their Middle Grade section, which is odd for me. I really don’t read any middle grade. Ever. Probably because contemporary lit is my bestie, and most middle grade tends to be fantasy or sci fi. But while browsing the shelves, The Mother Daughter Book Club jumped out at me, and I don’t know what it was (possibly the fact that middle grade paperbacks are only $6.99!), but I bought the first four books in the series. I’ve already read the first, and it was absolutely adorable. I fell right into the story and fell in love with the characters. It didn’t hurt that it takes place in Concord (which, if you’re a New Englander, you know is pronounced Con-kerd), and I loved the New Englandy-ness of it all. I’m excited to read the rest of the series and then explore some other contemp middle grade. If you’ve got recs, leave ’em in the comments!

5. And continuing on the literary theme of this 5, my Friday Reads today is CODE NAME VERITY, a book I’ve only ever heard wonderful things about. I have to finish it today, because I’m reading it for the Not So YA Book Club meeting tomorrow at Little Shop (where I promise, I will not buy more books … I WILL NOT BUY MORE BOOKS!). Everyone keeps telling me to have the tissues ready for the end, and I’ve also got a big old stash of 50% off Valentines Day candy that I scored from Target this morning, so I’m good to go!,