Thursday, May 5, 2016


Last weekend I took a road trip with some author friends down to Santa Monica for the YALLWEST book festival. It was a great experience.

My favorite? Being around kids who absolutely love to read. Talking to them was the highlight of the trip.

Made friends with these beautiful girls in line -- with shirts and tote bags they illustrated themselves!

On our car ride to California, each of us made a goal of what we wanted to accomplish during our time at YALLWEST. My friend, Erin Summerill, has her debut coming out this December. She made a measurable goal to pass out 30 bookmarks. Erin accomplished the goal and handed out even more -- I was so proud of her!

While we stood in line, Erin handed out bookmarks for Ever The Hunted and chatted up everyone standing near us. It was so special to see these young readers light up when they knew they were standing next to an author

A lot of them asked Erin to sign their bookmarks, and even wanted a photo with her. I think she was a little embarrassed -- but it was inspiring to see her grassroots effort and talk about her upcoming book. 

An Advance Reader copy, or ARC, of Erin's Book. I heart this cover (and the story too).

The panels were also really great. I felt the power of female friendships in writing at this breakout with Sarah McCarry, Brandy Colbert, Holly Black, Kody Kiplinger, Tamara Ireland Stone and Robin Benway. It was fun to hear them talk and laugh with each other.

 I picked up a lot of ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) and I'm most excited to read these two:

I also had Nicola Yoon sign my copy of Everything, Everything. I cannot stop talking about how much this book. It is EVERYTHING. It's one of my favorite reads this year. Nicola is so lovely and I'm excited for her upcoming book.

Ok, I lied. My favorite part of my weekend is hanging out with my friends who love writing. We talked for 10 + hours in the car about books we love, things that inspire us, the crazy highs and lows of  the publishing industry -- and still felt we had more to say.

Also, the beach. Oh, Pacific Ocean. How much I love you. I loved the sunshine and the soft sand and dipping my toes that glorious water. It refreshed my soul.

I'm so glad to be home and sleep in my own bed, but I'd go again in a heartbeat. Xo

1 comment:

  1. Looks wonderful. Where's my ARC of Ever the Hunted? 😜