I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater.
I fell in love with The Raven Boys, which was a book I initially requested from NetGalley knowing nothing about it. I basically devoured everything she’s written aside from her early fairy series.
I happened to be scrolling through Facebook and saw the local bookstore here in my town was hosting an event during The Raven King tour. It took awhile to sink in, but Maggie Stiefvater was coming to my town!
Despite being a blogger since 2012, I’ve never attended a convention, never saw any author events near me (despite moving a total of 3 times since then), so this was a major thing for me to attend.
This was a moment of Firsts: My first event, my first interaction with a favorite author, my first time having a book actually signed in front of me and connecting with an author in person. I already preordered my copy of The Raven King from Fountain Books and received a copy that had her doodle, so I decided to buy a copy at this event for a friend because I knew she loved the series and didn’t have a copy yet.(And then I bought all the physical copies of books I had on kindle. Because why not?)
The event was a sort of Q&A session where Maggie talked about herself, answered frequently asked questions she often gets, and then took questions from the audience. As an introvert myself, I was awed at how amazing she was at interacting with the audience. She was very animated, made me laugh a bunch of times, and was absolutely amazing. It was such a great experience.
I was thrilled to get some books signed, but insanely nervous. She asked me which series was my favorite, which is The Raven Cycle. She asked which book I liked the best, which I hadn’t thought of before and picked Blue Lily, Lily Blue on the spot, which I realized later is probably very true. She even asked me why and I explained that I found Ronan to be a bit more emotional than previous books and I loved that turning point. Apparently, I’m not too shabby at being asked questions and coming up with answers on the spot. I will forever play that moment back in my head. I’m so excited that I got to meet her and talk to her, even for just a few seconds.
This was such an incredible moment!