Can you do two author events on Saturday, my publisher asked?
Sure, I replied. What can be so hard about doing two events in one day?
Well, I’m here to say, I survived.
Okay, I did more than survive. I had a great time. I made new friends, and I visited with old friends. I met people who are almost — *almost* — as enthusiastic about books as I am 🙂
I started out at the Baltimore Book Festival. I got up there early, giving me a chance to stop by and watch a great panel on Women’s Fiction, sponsored by the Maryland Romance Writers (where I got to wave to my friend, Stephanie Dray, before she waltzed off to the next of her many, many engagements!) Then, I circled by the SFWA tent, to see some friends there.
The main event for me, though, was a panel in the Children’s Bookstore tent. Me. On a panel with Jonathan Auxier, Jessica Day George, Shannon Hale, and Sheila Turnage! (I was particularly amused to (re-)meet Jessica, with whom I’d shared a meal at World Fantasy Convention in Tucson years ago, where she nabbed a waiter for pouring olive oil down my back!) We had a wonderful discussion about “Middle Grade Magic and Mayhem” — the moderator posed some great questions, and then the audience kept us on our toes even more. The Children’s Bookstore did a fabulous job managing the activities in what could have been sheer chaos.
Alas, I didn’t have time to stick around and join friends for dinner, because I needed to head south, to Crystal City, Virginia and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association annual meeting. I was honored to be a guest at their Authors Reception — that meant that I got to sit at a small table that was stacked high with copies of DARKBEAST. I got to chat with booksellers from stores that ranged from Virginia to New York, telling them about Keara and Caw, signing copies for them and (let’s be honest here 🙂 ) building bridges for future appearances in their stores.
By the time I got home (well after midnight on Sunday morning), I was so tired I could barely parallel park the car. I spent most of yesterday in a haze that resembled a hangover, or jet lag, but without the partying or the fine trip before-hand! And yet, I would do both events again in a heartbeat!
Mindy, with a special shout-out to Tiffany Trent (who was in Baltimore) — she knows why!