Friday, August 13, 2010

Meeting Maggie Stiefvater

Wow, talk about a conference high. I went from SCBWI-LA to WriteOnCon and now my head is swimming with so much great information!

But, in the days leading up to conference mania, one of my favorite authors visited California and I joined the hundreds of people queuing up to see her at Borders in Glendale.

Yup. That's me with Maggie Stiefvater. Yay!!

And let me tell you, when your book opens at #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list (and stays there for two weeks!) you can expect big crowds at your book signing. Men, women, children, teens -- the entire spectrum of humanity was represented here. They had at least 75 chairs set up for people to sit in and there were people crowded into all available floor space in and around the area where she spoke and signed books. It was crazy!

The book store arranged a fan art contest that included drawings, cupcakes, potential movie posters and a song inspired by the book. This was an epic signing event unlike any I've ever attended before! And see the cranes strung above the seating area? If you've read Shiver and/or Linger you know what that's about. I really wanted to take one home!

I was one of the lucky ones near the front of the line. I honestly think she had to be there for hours signing books because that line was HUGE! And some of those people had stacks of books for her to sign (why didn't I think of that?!).

Before she did the signing and judged the art contest, Maggie talked about writing, wolves and bugging her father for medical details. Here's a short clip on why she isn't a big fan of werewolves.

If you'd like to see the full 15-minute video, I uploaded it (in two parts) on my YouTube channel. Note: The video would have been longer if my battery hadn't died. Story of my life!

Happy Friday the 13th and have a great weekend!!


Lenny Lee said...

hi miss sherrie! wow neat picture!
im glad you had a really fun time. now you know how its gonna be when you get to be a famous writer.
...smiles from lenny

Kristan Hoffman said...

Lucky you! Lucky her!

Beth Kephart said...

Can you see me smiling?

Lori W. said...

So fun! I love the part of the video where she jokes about the werewolves being a metaphor for losing one's identity in suburbia, etc.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Lenny: How'd you know my dream?! Haha! I'll be glad just to have a book in print some day :)

Kristan: It was a pretty cool event. Some day it'll be us, right? :)

Beth: Yes, and I'm looking forward to the day you're out here for a book signing, too!

Lori: Wasn't that great? The deeper meaning of werewolves in YA :)

PJ Hoover said...

you lead the funnest life, Sherrie! It makes me smile!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

What a great video clip! She's funny. I'm so glad you had a great time there and at SCBWI and WriteOnCon. Whoa, that's some serious networking.

Tabitha said...

Awesome!!! I really wanted to go to LA this year, but it just didn't work out. Next year for sure!!

Carolyn V. said...

Oh my gosh! That is so super cool! You are so lucky Sherrie! =D

p.s. I love the picture.

storyqueen said...

You are the luckiest duck in the world!! The world!!

Wow. I bet Maggie is so cool in person.

Kari said...

WOW way envious over here!

Kelly Polark said...

Lucky you!! And wow! What a packed store!
I just bought Linger today (at a Borders)!!

Sherrie Petersen said...

PJ: Funny, I was thinking the same thing about you as I watched your clips from ALA!

Tricia: She was very funny. And yeah, my brain is about to explode with all the conferencing!

Tabitha: I hope you DO make it out here next year. I'd love to meet up in person :)

Carolyn: It was pretty surreal. I've never seen that many people at a book signing before!

Shelley: Maggie is so very cool. I just adore her!

Kari: You'll have to check her book tour schedule and see when she'll be near you. She was great to meet in person.

Kelly: Such a good book, isn't it?

notesfromnadir said...

That looks like a highly successful book signing! I really enjoyed the video as she seems so animated about werewolves.

Really cool that you got to meet her & get photographed w/ her.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

So cool Sherrie! Lucky you!

Jackee said...

Oh, she's funny! :o) So glad you got to see her and thanks for sharing the picts and vids with us. I feel so isolated from author visits in my small town (not that I'm complaining, just wistful) that I'm happy I can live vicariously at least. :o)

I loved WriteOnCon too--it was so amazing!

Laura Pauling said...

So Cool! I love hearing authors speak when all I've seen is a face. Too bad your battery died! Thanks for sharing!

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