This past weekend, I was so excited to be able to attend the Miami Book Fair International. Unfortunately my stay was cut short by the arrival of an unbearable headache (rain clouds were moving in… we are not friends), but while I was there, I had a wonderful time!
I made it to the Teen Dreams panel with authors Colleen Houck, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, and one of my writing idols, Sarah Dessen!
It was very interesting to hear the author’s takes on a variety of topics, from how Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder work as a writing team, to how they all found their way to publication, to their stance on publishing short stories first and e-publishing, and to (my favorite topic) fanfiction. Colleen Houck confessed to giggling over it with her fans, while Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder said that they’re flattered, but don’t look at it, and Sarah Dessen said that she ignores it because she thinks of her characters as “Mine! Mine!” and doesn’t want to see someone else put words in their mouths. I also met fellow book blogger JJ of JJ iReads after they spoke.
Then… there was a signing and I got my copy of Dessen’s What Happened to Goodbye signed!
And I met Sarah Dessen! I was too starstruck to do anything other than blurt out the fact that I’m a huge fan.
Afterwards, I wandered around, exploring the various tents and enjoying the random characters walking around.
All in all, a wonderful day. I only wish I could have stayed longer and been able to make it back for the second Teen Dreams panel on Sunday!