March Events Wrap-Up
March was an amazing month for this debut author. After the madness of launching Symptoms of Being Human in February, I had a full month of events–two book festivals, a library appearance, and a panel and signing at my local Barnes & Noble store. So this post is a digital scrapbook of sorts, because I want to share this part of the author experience with you. (For moaning about edits, please see twitter.)
NoVa Teen Book Festival
My first ever festival appearance was at NoVa Teen Book Festival in Arlington, Virginia, last month. Highlights included panel appearances with NY Times Bestsellers Julie Murphy (Dumplin’) and Tommy Wallach (We All Looked Up), meeting my author cousin-in-law, Randy Ribay (An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes), and finally getting to thank author Robin Talley (What We Left Behind) for her generous blurb for Symptoms of Being Human. But the best part by far? Meeting and listening to readers. So inspiring.
Author Panel at LA Central Library
Thanks to author & librarian Mary McCoy for an inspiring and insightful panel at the LA Central Library last month. Mary was a great moderator. Marisa brought emotional weight and a beach vibe to the panel. Ingrid and Cordelia both inspired me with their commitment to artistic principles and creative freedom. I wanted to go home and write.
City of Commerce Book Festival
I was thrilled to participate in the inaugural Commerce Loves Reading Book Festival. Highlights included being on a panel with Andrew Smith (Winger, Grasshopper Jungle)–one of my YA writer heroes, and hanging out with fellow B+B author Gretchen McNeil.
YA Author Panel at B&N Chino Hills
Traveling to DC was a blast, and sitting on panels around LA was a dream come true–but I was particularly excited about my last event in March: a panel and signing at my local Barnes & Noble store. This was the store I roamed weekly as an unpublished author, walking past the shelf where my book might one day appear–so it was a homecoming of sorts. Customer Relations Manager Amy Boylan made it a great one, and I was grateful that my fellow 2016 debut authors Kali Wallace (Shallow Graves) and Marisa Reichardt (Underwater) made time to come down. We were joined by friends, family, local students, and community members for a great Q&A about reading, writing, and storytelling.
I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 10 (details here.)
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