And boy was my sister right! I DIED reading this book! She so perfectly nailed so many parts of my life -- it's like she was inside my own brain as she talked about writing, procrastinating, getting in shape, procrastinating, thinking about what to wear on tour, reality TV, etc etc (and though the book is about more than that, these are the parts that really hit home for me). I mean, Jen holds nothing back and she's fricking hilarious.
My Fair Lazy, just came out and in reading the first few chapters I wanted to email her a millions times and say "OMG me too!" Her story about a rat in the house -- we had that (a mouse, but pretty much the same talk with the four legged furry creatures that their JOB is to rid the house of such things); her story about winging over what luggage to buy for tour -- been there and boy have I done that (I dragged my mom around to seven different stores looking for just the right bag); going to a "writing retreat" while under deadline and knowing that really you're going to hang out and swim and not write -- totally done that!
So you can imagine my insane glee when I found out that Jen would be signing in Charlotte! My hometown! We rarely get authors and I've always wanted to go see how other authors do presentations on tour and so I *had* to go. Luckily, my mom (also a fan) was in town and so we hopped in the car and off we went.
|Everyone packed in to see Jen!|
|this was my view, you can see Jen's|
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While waiting for our time to stand in line (people stood in line according to what color ticket they got when they came through the doors), my mom and I headed over to the YA section where I ran into a display for The Dead-Tossed Waves which made me all squealy and happy!
|Yes, I pet it a bit.|
It was time for Mom and I to meet her and I honestly can't remember much of what I said. I'm pretty sure I told her how big a fans my entire family is of hers (I'd bought a copy of her book for her to sign to my sister) and then how I'm a YA author with Random House and how much Such a Pretty Fat meant to me cause I'd read it right when I found out that I was going on tour so it just really cracked me up on such a personal level.
Her eyes got bright when I said I wrote and she said "Who are you?" at which point I told her I wrote post-zombie apocalypse books and she started laughing and telling me about a project she was working on. And then she asked if I had a card because she reads a lot of YA and thankfully I did have a card and then she said she'd read my books! *faints* She even tweeted about meeting me the next day!
Seriously, meeting Jen Lancaster was just pure amazing.
|Mom, Jen and I. I <3 Jen Lancaster!|