I spent most of day at the OC Children's Book Fest and so many wonderful authors. I will have several posts to recap and some swag to share! Special thanks to Robyn who organized all of the Young Adult authors.
Here is a list of authors I was able to see:
Gitty Daneshvari -- School of Fear - she totally sold me on her book. I bought one and after I read it, you can win it!
Cecil Castellucci -- Rose Sees Red -- this is another book that is autographed and will be given away. It turns out we have friends in common. I am also going to profile Beige for Rocktober.
Lauren Kate -- Fallen & Torment -- I could only get out the words "your books are fabulous". She looks like a fairy queen with fabulous boots! She was the rock star of the day and very unassuming.
Maria Snyder -- Inisde Out -- way smart. I picked up some signed mini posters to give out. I am embarrassed that I haven't read her books yet, even though several people in my book group have berated me. I did buy Poison Study and Inside Out.
Becca Fitzpatrick. She is just too wonderful for words. Very charming and down to earth. I had copies of Hush, Hush and Crescendo signed and will give those away soon.
Nancy Holder -- Crusade-- I only caught the tale end of her talk. She looks like a lot of fun. Another author where I have all of her books, but have only read one. Don't hate me.
Jessica Brody -- The Karma Club -- I have a cool autographed book mark for some lucky person. She is the ultimate! I can see why Princess Bookie / Cindy adores her work. And yes, I will get right on it.
Emma Michaels -- The Thirteenth Chime -- She is very poised and charming. I bought a book to share with one lucky person. I know this isn't an authorly description, but she is adorable! I want her to win at what she does.
Lisa Desrochers -- Personal Demons -- This is probably my favorite book of the year. I ended up with a coughing fit when I met her. She did remember my review though. I picked up a cute bookmark to give away.
Robin Benway -- The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June. I had my ARC signed to giveaway. I haven't had time to read this one. She is a local OC girl and I am going to feature her other book, Audrey, Wait during Rocktober. Another author who made me want to read her.
Amber Benson -- Among the Ghosts -- She is so pretty, yeah, I know that is not anything writerly, but she is also very funny. I had to leave while she was speaking. I loved her Calliope Reaper novels.
I have several pictures to post and will have those up during the week. I wish I could have stayed longer. It was truly a wonderful event and I wasn't the oldest person there--YAY ME!
One thing I did find out is that there are a lot of women who read more young adult books than anything else and they aren't embarrassed by it.