So I went to authorfest knowing I was going to have the pleasure of meeting Gail Carriger, Devon Monk, Barb Hendee, Ilona Andrews, and Lili St. Crow (aka Lillith Saintcrow). But there were 30 authors there and it turns out there were more that I would have been excited to see if I’d known exactly who they were by their name.
I met Violet from The Eager Readers there and we went directly to the front and started with Ilona Andrews and her husband. It was kind of loud because all the Star Wars people were all dressed up and people were taking pictures. Also Ilona was pretty popular so her area of the table was pretty packed with people. But her and her husband were really nice, it was just kind of brief. Then came Lili St. Crow and I got her YA books but I completely forgot to bring the Jill Kismet books. She’s local though so I’ll get them signed next time. She was nice but it was kind of crowded there too so I felt like we needed to hurry. I did have that comfortable feeling with her though, like she would be so easy and fun to chat with. Maybe next time!
Next was Devon Monk (that’s her and I in the picture) and I’d been chatting with her online so I told her who I was right away and I had a bit more time to talk with her. I had a lot of books for her to sign because… I’m giving a couple of her books away on here in December! So I had extras. Also, did you guys know she’s coming out with a Steampunk series?! So AWESOME!
After Devon Monk was Gail Carriger (her and I in the picture below). Now I’ve been DYING to meet her so I was feeling a bit more fangirly with her then the others. But her table was empty of people so we got a chance to talk and got pictures and stuff. She was really nice too (heck every single author there was REALLY nice!), but it was great to get some one on one with her.
Then was Barb Hendee and her husband and I got one of her books signed. I plan to give it away too but I need to read it real quick first. They mentioned maybe having a signing up here (I’m north of Portland) and of course I was all over that! I’ll bring everyone I can convince!
Then we went down the line a bit and I saw Marion Zimmer Bradley’s name on some books. I about had a heart attack! I knew Marion had passed some time ago and Deborah J. Ross was writing for her, so I knew exactly who she was and no one was at her table to I got to chat with her and she told me about how Marion had some manuscripts partially done and others almost finished, etc. And how she finished them up and so we can still get to read her work! I ended up buying one, mostly because I really wanted her autograph!
Then we went around to the other side and Violet had a book in her hand that was gorgeous. It was a Steampunk’ish book and was an author I hadn’t heard of. Well, her name is M.K. Hobson and she was awesome! We ended up talking quite awhile and I bought a book, of course. She’s doing a guest post about the Steampunk clothing she makes (and shhhh…. she’s giving away a copy of her book here!). She’s the author of The Native Star and I already read it since I got it and OMG! SO FREAKING GOOD! My review will be up soon, but I highly recommend you look it up!
And next to her was the author of a gorgeous Jane Austen-Esq book called Shades of Milk and Honey. And the authors name is Mary Robinette Kowal. I just picked up the book to look at it and started talking with her. She said it’s a Jane Austen type of book but with magic. Well, that made me REALLY want it! But the the deal was sealed when she said she was a puppeteer. I mean, how cool is that?! So we talked about that a bit (and I looked her up later and she’s pretty freaking famous!). She said she goes to schools so I got a card to give to my daughter’s teacher. She was just awesome to talk to!
I also won a book there, so that was cool! And Powells had some good freebies so I got a few pins, stickers, posters and bookmarks to send out with my giveaway items.
The signing was seriously SO much fun! And I’m already eager for next year! I mean, 30 authors in one place?! You almost had to haul me out of that place!
Here’s some fun pictures of the Star Wars people dressed up.