It seemed for a while that I wouldn't be able to attend and although I put this down to fate and what was meant to be, I was kind of gutted that I couldn't go. Then at the last minute, things fell into place and I could go. I was big fan of fate again now I was getting to do what I really wanted.
So accompanied by my ever patient Mum we travelled along to Waterstones at Piccadilly Circus at 10am - the signing wasn't till 6pm and we only live about an hour away. We were in for a seriously long wait!!! But were numbers 23 and 24 in the queue.
Once again luck was on our side and we had the best weather of the year so far. So although the pavement being rather hard, the day was pretty pleasant.
We got to hang out with an old friend that I haven't seen for quite some time and had an awesome queue buddy in the form of Caroline from Big Book Little Book. Although we brought books along to read, I didn't open my book once. We were far to busy gossipping and getting over excited!!
I also got to have a lovely chat with Waterstones bookseller and fellow book blogger Nicole from The Reluctant Hypersomniac
Being in the queue was a joy, getting to see lots of familiar faces from my convention life and from my book blogging life. It was like a huge collision of all my favourite things.
The long queue time went surprisingly quickly and in no time we were being ushered into the store to get into the proper signing queue. It was really exciting to see the press photographers in their pen waiting for Stephenie just as we were.
When the cheers started and the cameras started flashing I knew Stephenie had arrived. Sadly at this point I couldn't see a thing, being 5 foot and standing in a corner my view wasn't great. I could live with that though, I knew my turn was soon to come.
As I got to the table I really didn't know what to say. I knew my meeting would be brief, so I had to make it count for something and so this is what I said -
Me - Thanks so much for this
Stephenie - Oh its a pleasure
Me - I do have to tell you though, that only two authors have made me cry and you have managed to make me cry twice, so well done
Stephenie - Oh I'm sorry, but I hope it was in a good way
Me - Oh definitely, I think any author that manages to bring about psychical reactions must have a done a pretty good job, so all is good
Stephenie - Well then I am thrilled
Me - Thanks again
And that was it - my 7 hours in the queue and although short I got to say exactly what I wanted. Stephenie was an absolute joy to meet and I'm thrilled to be able to tick another of my idols of my to meet list.
|My rather awkward photo, but hey its me and Stephenie!!!
Massive Thanks to Waterstones, Atom, Little Brown Books, The Host UK movie team and most importantly Stephenie. My day was amazing!!