Going to see Laini Taylor was a bit of a whim. I’m currently transitioning jobs (my last day is today!), and I said I wouldn’t go unless I got this new job. Laini was in the Dallas area, which is a 3.5 hour drive as well.
Needless to say, I did get the job, and I did go see Laini Taylor as part of her Muse of Nightmares book tour. 🙂 It was a lot of fun, and I met a few people there as well, which really made it well worth it.
Another reason I was hesitant to go was that I own the UK Fairyloot edition of Strange the Dreamer (which has blue-sprayed edges). I haven’t ordered the UK edition of Muse of Nightmares (the first printing has orange-sprayed edges to match the cover), so I was going to have to buy the US edition of both StD and MoN. And yet my current thought this whole month has been, “You got a new job! You deserve it!” So…yeah. LOL
So on a Sunday morning, Husband and I drove down to Frisco. He dropped me off, and I picked up Glass Sword off the shelves to read while I waited (I was an hour and fifteen minutes early for the event). Well, I ran into an Internet friend, Taylor, and met friends with two other girls at the event. We had a good time talking about books, and I can seriously say going to book events and just meeting random people who are just as big of a book fanatic as you are is seriously the best feeling. (Or maybe that’s just me?)
Author Kayla Olson (of The Sandcastle Empire and the forthcoming This Splintered Silence) was moderating the event. I haven’t read anything by Olson, but I’m super intrigued by her upcoming novel that I’ve put it on my TBR.
I definitely enjoyed the event, and am really glad I made the time to go. I brought the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which is one of my favorites, and got that signed, too. I even gifted Laini the Karou candle from The Melting Library (which isn’t listed anymore sadly), and she really liked it. 🙂
One of my favorite things about going to author events like this is hearing the author talk about their writing process–whether it’s brain-storming, outlining, or whatever. As a writer with the dream of being published, it gives me a lot more hope that with some intense perseverance, I could do an event like this someday, too. 🙂
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to attend this event. I’m even more glad that big name authors are within driving distance. I know others aren’t as privileged as I am, so I want to be able to make the most of these chances when I get them. I’m happy to be able to add Laini’s books to my signed book collection bookshelf. 🙂