It’s always a gamble meeting the people you really admire. They can turn out to be just as amazing as you ever dreamed. On the flip side, they might end up disappointing you. Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor and Park and one of my favorite books of all time, Fangirl, was not exactly what I was expecting.
She was even more amazing.
I went in to the reading and signing thinking she would be a neat person. I love her books. I follow her on Twitter. She seemed like an all around awesome person and fellow fangirl. But actually seeing her in person and meeting her? Oh my goodness, she is marvelous.
She was all smiles from the moment she appeared, to the reading from My True Love Gave To Me, to the Q&A session, all the way to personally meeting and greeting each and every one of her fans. She’s genuine and hilarious and sweet and enthusiastic. She’s everything I want to be, not just as an author, but as a human being. She’s so real, so personable. She treated each and every one of her fans like they were the only person in the whole room. I knew I admired her writing going in, but now I admire her even more as a person.
Yes, me being me, I gave her a copy of Boy Band. She was so sweet and she congratulated me and offered to take a picture with it. I’m telling, y’all, she is so awesome.
One of the artists who contributed to the special edition was there also! Her name is Simini Blocker and she is just as delightful!
Such a wonderful experience meeting these talented and wonderful women! Thank you both so much!