This was truly a total fan girl day for me. I volunteered to help out at the literacy signing and got my dream job: minion to Jayne Ann Krentz.
Not only is she a gifted writer, penning a plethora of bestsellers in three names Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, but she is sincerely one of the nicest human beings I have ever met. For two hours she smiled, took pictures and chatted – not to mention signing over 50 books – and impressed the he** out of me with her natural graciousness. My favorite moment came when, almost at the tail end of the signing, three 20 somethings came up to her and actually screamed – squealed like pigs – her name. One of them had an antique fan that she assiduously fanned her excited self with. This was – in my mind -a true fan girl moment (x3!)
The room had over 480 authors plus about 2000 super fans. It was very warm and very loud, but also very wonderful.
I was luck enough to snag a few pix with some of my favorite authors.
Here’s me and the fabulous, funny, and very cute-as-a-button Jill Shalvis:
Here’s my NHRWA chapter president, the talented and multi-published ( and just plain nice!) Chrystine Butler:
The line for Nora Roberts went out the door and down the corridor, so I didn’t wait for a pix with her, especially since I have the one taken with her last year framed and sitting on my desk at home. Sigh!
Tomorrow we get to the meat of the conference: the workshops, Publishing House events, and the general meeting.
Whew! I’m tired, elated, ecstatic and… well, you get the picture. More tomorrow from the city that never sleeps.