What she says: I'm fine.
What she means: I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER YES MY QUEEN SHE WAS AMAZING NO SHOCK THERE I GOT MY BOOKS SIGNED I MAY HAVE SCREAMED HERE AND THERE BUT THE-
Yes! I met Maggie Stiefvater! I know! Crazy! I'm still in shock! Yeah! Okay, I'll stop.
Back in March, I found out that Maggie Stiefvater was going on tour for The Raven King.... in May. I wanted to go to this book signing for my birthday present but my parents said no because it was far away and there was many "what ifs". Disappointed and upset, I (somehow) moved on. On to April, I then found out that she was coming to my area and the day she was coming. My family and I were free from any events. I begged my parents (aka my dad) to take me. They said "fine" but you must pay for your own ticket. I screamed with joy. I talked about it on the internet and waited until THE DAY.
Now, it's May and it's THE DAY. It took an hour to get to the town but ~plot twist~ my dad and I drove past the bookstore! Road construction was the cause. Decades later, I spot this baby (picture below) driving toward Walgreens.
I shrieked "THAT IS MAGGIE'S CAR - THAT IS HER CAR!!!!" Seconds passed, and I say "Why is she going to Walgreens?" My dad, still puzzled about how I know Maggie Stiefvater's car, (#stalker) spots the bookstore right next to Walgreens. We park the car and go into the bookstore.
Here is an inside view (picture above) of the bookstore . On the left, there were chairs and a microphone for Maggie. I received my copy of The Raven King and book swag. I sat down and WAITED. The crowd was a mixture of ages. But all together, it was a small crowd... maybe 40-60 people? I was very nervous and my anxiety wasn't helping. A half-hour later, my dad sits down with me (#rebel) and Maggie Stiefvater steps out and begins talking.
She was just how I imagined her.
She shared hilarious, personal stories and she acted everything out. It - Was - Awesome. I was laughing and loving every second of it. She took some questions before the signing started.
i was wearing this fabulous outfit (my shirt tho) ;)))
I was near the front of the line (maybe the tenth person?) and I started running through (in my head) what I was going to say to Maggie. FYI: When you're going to meet your favorite author, YOU GET VERY NERVOUS. Anyway, I realize that Maggie was already asking people questions! God bless this woman. At the same time, I also realized that no one was standing next to Maggie and taking a picture with her. Family members were taking pictures while you were talking to Maggie. My stress levels are now bouncing off the walls because I can't find my dad! I spot him but I can't get his attention! I faint! And vomit! The bookstore blows up! And I don't get the picture!
I start texting (bless technology) my dad "come over here!!!" and dad is now striding over to me. Close call. I tell my dad the situation and explain to him how to work my phone's camera. Then, IT'S TIME. *dramatic music*
Here's how our talk went.
Anna (aka me): Hi!
Maggie: Hey I like your shirt
Me: Oh! *looks at my shirt because I apparently can't remember what my shirt looks like* *laughs* Thanks! Well you made it!
Maggie: So have you read these books? *gestures at my stack of books*
Maggie: Do you have a favorite?
Me: *rambles* Well yeah I mean I'm pretty sure Shiver is my favorite because I read Shiver when I was 10 or 11 and because of Shiver I discovered YA!
Maggie: Aww that's awesome!
*seconds go by*
Me: *looks at my dad* Um did you get a picture?
Dad: I'm pretty sure...
Maggie: Do you know this man?
Me: Oh yeah! That's my dad.
Maggie: *laughs* Oh ok and here you are!
Maggie: *gives me my books*
Me: Thank you!
Maggie: You're welcome
AND HERE ARE SOME PICTURES:
THEN (WITH VERY SHAKY HANDS) I WENT TO SIGN HER CAR COVER.
Finally, my dad and I walk out of the bookstore and talk about how expensive Doctor Who coloring books are.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT FELLOW BOOKWORMS! I met Maggie Stiefvater and survived. Have you met Maggie or your favorite author? Let's chat!