So, this post is a little delayed
because I’ve been super lazy about posting but just a couple of weeks ago I met … *DRUM ROLL* …
Here we are.
I know I look terrible, shhhh.
For those of you who don’t know, Patrick Ness is the author of several incredible books. He wrote my favorite series of all time, Chaos Walking. In addition he has written A Monster Calls and More Than This which are also totally amazing.
Anyway, Mr. Ness is one of my biggest writing idols. I adore his style and his characters, his stories are so powerful and unique, and all of the aforementioned books have brought me to tears. (And I don’t cry easily, so that’s saying something.)
So of course, when I found out he was going to be visiting a bookstore very close to my college, I just about peed myself. (Just kidding. Maybe.) I’ve been wanting to meet him since I first picked up one of his books five years ago, so … was I excited? Um, yes.
The bookstore was easily accessible by bus, which was convenient. So one of my best friends (who is also a big fan) and I went together and arrived just in time.
First of all, the talk Patrick gave was amazing. He was friendly and interactive with the crowd, he was very funny, and he also gave a lot of terrific advice for fellow writers. What stuck with me the most was when he said, “If you’re going to write something, write it with joy.” He went on to explain that what he thinks is the most important part of writing is working on something that excites you and makes you happy. Even if the final product isn’t the best book in the world, what’s important is that your enthusiasm is evident in the writing.
Then came the book-signing portion of the evening. So my friend and I got in line and had to wait for a few minutes. At this point, I was kind of freaking out because I was about to meet my favorite author in the world and had no idea what I was going to say. But before I knew it, we were up next in line.
Patrick was super nice in person. He asked my friend and I a bit about where we were from and where we went to school, and then he signed our books. When I handed him my (very well-loved) copy of Monsters of Men he noticed that I had the UK version (which I had ordered when it first came out because the US version wasn’t released until like six months later), and he jokingly accused me of “destroying it” (the front flap of the cover has ripped off, ah haha). But then he said he was just kidding and that he takes it as a compliment to see one of his books so worn out. He asked me what I wanted him to write in my book and I said I didn’t know (because I’m no good under pressure), so he wrote, “To Brigid, who left it up to me … (as is only proper).”
(I know it’s a blurry picture, sorry!)
Anyway, it was so lovely to meet him and it’s something I’ll never forget.
So, how about you guys? Have you met any amazing authors? And/or if you could meet any author in the world, who would it be?