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September 17, 2014

Meeting Authors Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard and Erica O’Rourke

By Kate F.

What could be better than hearing three of your favorite authors talk on the same panel, and then getting a chance to meet them? Not much, according to Kate F., Teen Board member. Read below to see her blog post about hearing Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard and Erica O'Rourke at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois.


   This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Anderson’s Bookshop for a signing by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass series), Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly trilogy), and Erica O’Rourke (Torn trilogy, DISSONANCE). The signing was incredibly fun and I thought I’d write about my experience in case any of you want to attend a signing in the future!


            First thing we had to do was drive...for at least a couple hours. Not a lot of authors come to visit my town, so we have to travel almost every time we want to go see them. We planned ahead so that we would arrive about an hour or so early in order to get good seats. Once we got to Anderson’s, we had some waiting to do before they moved shelves and set up the area. My two sisters and I were probably driving the employees crazy because we were standing there waiting to take a seat! But thanks to our early timing, all three of us got a seat on the floor RIGHT in front! There ended up only being standing room in the very back so we were very lucky!

            We had a little more time to wait til the authors came, which we spent talking with the book lovers around us. Once the authors arrived, the event really got rolling! I love listening to authors talk about their works and interact with each other. Erica, Susan and Sarah were all hilarious and entertaining to listen to. They didn’t only talk about their novels (although that was the major topic of discussion). The subjects ranged from Disney princesses (and princes of course), to fangirling (YES authors do fangirl over other authors) to French rap (I don’t even know how we got on this topic but it sure was funny).

            Sadly, the talk had to come to an end, but then we got to meet the authors! My signing number was in the 50s, and we waited for a while before getting to meet Sarah, Susan and Erica. All of them were so incredibly sweet, and they really took the time to get to know each of their individual readers. I was so sad when we had to leave, but all good things have to come to an end eventually! 

            Meeting authors is one of my favorite things to do, because not only do you get to meet the people who wrote your favorite novels, you also get to meet other book lovers who love the same books you do. If any of you ever get the chance to go to an author signing, take it! It’s an experience you’ll never forget. 

Kate F. is a member of the Teen Board.

Photo 1: Kate with Sarah J. Maas
Photo 2: Kate with Erica O'Rourke and Susan Dennard