Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hanging out with authors


So, I don't have any pictures from this weekend, which I'm a little sad about, but I volunteered to help my friend Sarah sell books at the Young Authors' Conference on Saturday this past weekend, and I got to hang out with Mary Robinette Kowal (author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, and Without a Summer), Jim Hines (author of the Jig the Goblin series, the Princess series, and the Ex Libris series), Courtney Moulton (author of the Angelfire series), and Aimée Carter (author of the Goddess Test series and the upcoming Blackcoat Rebellion series).

Needless to say, I was pretty excited about the whole thing. Mary is hands down one of the most interesting people to talk to. I mean, the woman does everything. In addition to writing novels, she is a professional puppeteer (she does everything from sock puppets to shadow puppets to 125lb life size puppets), she is an audiobook narrator, she makes her own Regency dresses based off of authentic patterns, she teaches classes on both writing and narrating. Honestly, the list goes on and on and she's always a delight to talk to. Jim is an all around fun guy to talk to, and this is the first time that I've ever had a chance to really sit down and talk to him. We discussed ALA and discovered our shared love of Doctor Who, as we were both there in our Doctor Who t-shirts. Aimée and Courtney are always a blast. The two of them are best friends, so it's always fun to see how they play off of each others strengths at these events.

I would say the event itself was a success for everyone. The kids seemed like they were really enjoying themselves, the authors thought the kids were really engaged in the seminars, and even the parents were enjoying themselves. I'm looking forward to volunteering again next year!

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