Best of all, at least for me, was the opportunity to chat with one of my own personal heroines - Laurie Halse Anderson. She shared a lot of writing advice with us - including not to publish book one of a trilogy until you've finished book three, because your public will hound you you come up with a release date. (They even get mad at you for wasting time on useless things like shopping or even blogging) I found her a dynamic speaker who readily shared herself with her audience. We learned that her husband was also her first love (and gave her her first kiss). And that writer's should always marry carpenters - and she has the cottage to prove why - and why she calls herself the "mad woman in the forest."
|Me and Laurie - a major moment for me!!|
Thanks to the audience who attended the YA panel that included myself, Kathi Baron (another author with my publisher, WestSide books), James Klise, James Kennedy, Claire Zulkey, and Adam Selzer.
My book-signing location. (Notice how they mispelled my name on my sign, showing that nothing in life is perfect.
There's nothing like meeting a personal heroine. This was not a day - or a conference I will forget anytime soon.