Hiya! Happy Thanksgiving!
Last week I went to Boston to be part of the NCTE ALAN Conference where I met up with my editor, author friends, and some really wonderful teachers and librarians. In case you’ve missed me chatting about it on FB and Twitter, I met one of my long time idols – Neal Shusterman – who is just as kind and thoughtful in person as I always hoped. After a few gushy OMG-UNWIND-ROCKED-MY-WORLD moments, he even asked for me to sign him a copy of my book, which I will never, ever forget.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Hirsch and Cristin Terrill on the panel. Both of their books are amazing (one I read on the flight there, the other on the flight home). Jeff was very kind – he didn’t even point out how much my hand was shaking while I was holding the microphone (which was a lot). He’s an incredible speaker.
So here are a couple pictures!
Boston: home to approximately 50 kajillion people.
My mind being blown (aka, signing ARTICLE 5 for Neal Shusterman)
Thank you NCTE! Thank you Tor! Thank you TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS YOU ARE THE BEST!
When I got home I participated in Small Business Saturday and worked at my local indie bookstore for an afternoon. It was super fun spending time with the readers, authors, and blogger friends who dropped by! Yay local business!