Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cashing In: My First Book Signing

Cashing in what? My book signing V-card. It will forever belong to Marissa Meyer. (If you don't know who Marissa Meyer is, I may have to reconsider our friendship--but as a quick refresher, she's the author of Cinder and Scarlet.)

She did a lovely book signing and talk at Parnassus Books, a Nashville book store owned by author Ann Patchett because apparently Macmillan did a Facebook contest inviting followers to vote for a city where they would host an event. Nashville won, and we got the first stop on Marissa's Scarlet tour.

I loved Cinder. Loved it. So good. I loved it so much, I bought a print copy (since my original copy is on my Kindle) so that Marissa could sign it. If you like science fiction and you like fairy tales and you haven't read Cinder: Go read it now. It will change your life. Guess what I learned tonight?

I like Marissa Meyer just as much as her book.

Me and Marissa Meyer (in case you thought I was making this whole thing up)

You know sometimes you read about an author and it can ruin a story for you? Marissa is just as completely awesome as I thought/hoped she would be (and she had these really awesome lace tights that I should have asked about).

The lace tights aren't even half of it. She talked about her Sailor Moon fan fiction, told her publishing story, gave us a brief lesson on fairy tales, and answered the question I wanted to know about Cinder. SPOILER: Why did she reveal Princess Selene's identity?And what's more? She told us there's a character in Scarlet who was inspired by Han Solo and Mal Reynolds. Any author who cites Han Solo and Mal Reynolds as inspiration has just guaranteed that I will read every book they write ever. Well played, Marissa.

She set the bar high for me as far as book signings go.

Oh, and did I mention new books? And swag? And cute book personalizations?

Evidence of books, swag, cute personalizations.

10 comments:

  1. I also cashed in my book signing V-card with Marissa Meyer last summer when the Fierce Reads Tour swung through my corner of the world. I totally agree about how awesome and nice she is!

    I'm even more excited to read Scarlet now :)

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    1. What?! I feel like this is such an awesome thing to have in common. I'm going to just go ahead and assume your excitement at reading Scarlet is directly related to Han Solo and Mal Reynolds. The character she was referring to is Thorn. Just a heads up. :)

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  2. That's so awesome you got to meet Marissa Meyer! I LOVE that she's basing a character on Han Solo and Mal. Malcolm Reynolds is one of the best characters ever (and I'm so proud that he's played by a Canadian. Nathan Fillion rocks!) We just finished watching Firefly/Serenity yet again this weekend, so I'm still on a Mal high. Thanks for passing this tidbit on, and I'm glad you got to have this amazing experience! :)

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    1. I know! Isn't it awesome? I love love love Mal. Hooray for Canadians :)

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  3. Ahh, I'm so jealous! I'm so happy to hear she's just as awesome as I imagined her. :)

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    1. Hopefully you'll get a chance to meet her, too!

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  4. I love book signings! I've been to a few now (my favorite was Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman last summer) and I never fail to become totally star struck. I might as well be meeting Oscar winners or something. :-)

    So glad you had fun at your first signing... Now you're going to become addicted!

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    1. Totally an addict now. After only one signing. That's strong stuff.

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  5. Awwwwwesome. I would totally love to meet her--maybe I will make to to Rochester this spring for the Teen Book Festival.

    I just remembered a weird fact from my childhood--my first book signing? Ann M. Martin, at a Media Play (anyone else remember that chain? LOVED that store.) I do not remember enjoying the occasion--she did NOT seem that into it--but I was completely in awe of having met a 100% bona fide CELEBRITY. Glad MM was more enjoyable!

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    1. Ha! Sorry your first experience wasn't the best. You totally need to meet her if you have the opportunity!

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