Let me first say how AWESOME it was to meet Marissa Meyer! She was friendly and fun and her main interests coincided with mine to such an extent that I’m pretty sure, had we grown up in the same school, we would’ve been great friends.
Sailor Moon (I wonder if she likes other anime?), fanfiction, fairy tales, mermaids (Disney’s The Little Mermaid to be precise), writing since childhood, reading (similar authors I mean), Star Wars, etc.
(Side Note: If you’re interested in reading her Sailor Moon fanfiction, her penname is Alicia Blade.)
Having not grown up even remotely near each other and her being famous while I’m pretty much a nobody, I think it’s safe to say we’ll never be friends. If she took a chance on one of her oodles of fans I think we’d hit it off pretty well but I know enough not to try or hope. That’s too stalker-ish for me.
That being said, maybe I’ll have a chance if I ever become famous as well.
One of the many stories she told us of her interests included a Halloween from her childhood when she was told to dress up as a Klingon. No, she doesn’t know anything about Klingons except that they don’t smile. Her family kept telling her to stop smiling so much – Klingons don’t look so happy.
When she said she once dressed up as a Klingon (she showed us a picture of it too) as a kid, my first thought was of a joke my sister and I used to say about me:
I’m a Klingon and I come from Uranus.
HAHAHA! Yeeeaaaah, I’m a loser.
Lots of people showed up so the signing line was long afterwards, but I was happy to wait while talking with my newfound blogging friend, Hayley Knighten! Her blog is called Books are Delicious! and you can also check her out on Facebook, Twitter (@hayleyknighten), Goodreads, etc. She also does book reviews for the online entertainment magazine WatchPlayRead.
She had enough forethought to bring a camera with her so I took a picture of her and Meyer together. I found out later that this was not Hayley’s first go at meeting a major author. She knew to come prepared.
It never occurred to me to bring a camera – I was content to lament the fact that I don’t have a smart phone. I don’t keep the pictures I take with my “dumb” phone. I used to but then I lost them all anyway for some reason when I switched phones so I gave up on saving them.
Then it was my turn to get my book signed. I bought Cinder ahead of time specifically for this purpose. Had I had more cash, I would’ve bought Scarlet at the signing but we’re so low this week that I can’t even spend $12 for the race I was going to run this weekend. Oh well.
Anyway, Meyer had also brought freebies for people to take! I wanted one of everything but didn’t want to be greedy as there were still people in line behind me. So I contented myself with a bookmark and a Team Scarlet button pin.
Now that I think back though, I could’ve taken a Rieux postcard (I think it was a postcard). There were lots of those…
I wanted a Team Cinder as well because she’s my favorite but… I have a special liking for Little Red Riding Hood so I chose Scarlet.
I’m all grown up and thinking of others now. It used to be when I’d take as much as I could of anything free with no thought to anyone else. When did I become so thoughtful?
One final note…I thought beforehand on what I might say to her when I met her but when she was signing my book all I could get out was that I was really excited to meet her and that I’ve been working on my own book for the last 2 years or so. Her success gave me renewed hope that I’d make it too. Then I thanked her and told her to have a good one.
Kinda lame but I didn’t want to hold up the line like some other people did (not that I grudged them that because, as I said, I was happily employed talking to Hayley). I said the most important of what I wanted to say so I have no regrets. In fact, talking about pettier things such as our coinciding interests probably would’ve made me feel awful afterwards so I’m glad I held my tongue on those.
For once I didn’t stick my foot in my mouth! WOO!!!
What author(s) do you want to meet?