I have author crushes. The kind that transform me from a well-educated middle-aged articulate woman into a gibbering, incoherent fangirl mess. #itsawesome
The Breathless Tour (Marie Lu, Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood, Andrea Cremer) was coming to my local Indie Bookstore (Anderson’s in Naperville) and I was beyond excited to finally meet Beth Revis in person!
Backstory: I’ve been blogger-friends with Beth since before she sold her first book, Across the Universe (YA. Science Fiction. Buy.It.You.Must.Read.It.). We had a crit-partner in common (the awesome Rebecca Carlson, who still does amazing crits for me!), and Beth has graciously answered my query-agent-trauma questions many times. I’ve followed her meteoric rise to NYTimes Bestseller status with great interest and much cheering, not just for her awesomeness, but for paving the way for YA SF for the rest of us.
I had already pre-ordered and downloaded Beth’s second book A Million Suns to my Kindle, but when I found out she was coming to town on the first stop of the Breathless tour, I couldn’t wait to get my signed copy and finally meet her in person!
When it came, I heaped my books up on the signing table and said, “Hi! I’m Susan Kaye Quinn!” I used my full name, hoping that she might remember me, and prayed I wouldn’t have to add, you know, the one who’s been stalking you for like two years and knows Rebecca and I swear I’m really not a stalker I swear.
She smiled really big and said “Hi!” back and then she gave me a hug! #squee
Then she turned to Marie Lu (who is as big as a minute and adorable) at the table next to her and said, “This is the author of Open Minds!”
At which point, my head exploded.
I’m pretty sure I stood for a full two seconds with my mouth open with nothing coming out. Then blurted something incoherent. I can’t remember what it was. Or maybe I’m blocking it out. All I could think was, omgomgomg. Marie smiled and said something nice and I eventually recovered and turned back into a semi-coherent human being again: