Monday, May 31, 2010

Meeting Sherrilyn Kenyon (ummm, actually twice!)

So, Friday my parents took my two youngest chidren with them to Houston for a 4-day weekend and left hubs and I with only the teenager to deal with. First on my list of kid-free things to do this weekend: Attend the Sherrilyn Kenyon book signing at the Barnes and Noble across town! As depicted by Ms. Kenyon in the picture below, the event had highs and lows (don't worry, it was mostly highs!):

The signing started at 6pm, and I got there right at 6, so all the chairs (they had maybe 40 or so chairs?) were taken. The set up was in a side "wing" of the store, but it was very cramped and anyone not in a chair had to line up between the rows of bookshelves. Of course, once she started talking, I said "screw it" and got out of line so I could see/hear her. She's a great storyteller (I guess that's a given since she's a writer, LOL) but I couldn't hear much due to the SexAndTheCity wannabees next to me who would not Shut The F Up. Problem was, it was so cramped there was really no where else I could move.

Ms. Kenyon actively encouraged questions, and there were a lot of questions about future HEAs for various characters but I couldn't really hear the answers. I did ask why she chose New Orleans as the setting for her Dark Hunter books. Her answer: It's just such a great city - full of life and mystery and that certain "feel" you don't get anywhere else. She said she loves this city. (Did I mention I (heart) her?)

She also said as far as YA content, Nick's series would age as Nick ages and eventually lead up to and intersect with the Dark Hunter books. Again, she said some other stuff about this series as well as her other series but I couldn't hear her answers.

She brought along one of her writing partners, Diana Love. This lady was a bundle of energy - she was energetic and very supportive of Sherrilyn. It was very obvious they have a lot of fun together. She spent the whole time cracking jokes and throwing T-shirts. I've never seen so many t-shirts at an author event, and she was funny and got everyone involved, which made the time pass quickly (I didn't get out of there until 9pm). See the t-shirt Sherrilyn is wearing below? Yup, I won one! Ms. Love was super nice about making sure the winners got shirts that fit, which was pretty awesome.

So, here's what happened: I finally got through the line - it would've been fine if not for the incredibly annoying (and rude) ladies in front of me in line (yes, the SexAndTheCity wannabees). OMG - I thought about giving myself death by papercut but was afraid Ms. Kenyon wouldn't sign a bloody book. (Really, ladies, no one gives a shit how many pages a day you can read. It's not a contest.) Anyway, by the time I got up to Ms. Kenyon, I was so nervous. She was very sweet and signed my books and we chatted a minute but damned if I remember any of it. I got to my car and realized I had been holding a book and forgot to get it signed, AND I forgot to get a picture! So, I went back in and got back in line (there were only about 15 people left) and saw her again. She was so sweet and gave each person her full attention and got up for pictures and hugged everyone; very down-to-earth.

(My camera was acting up so I'm trying to smile while simultaneously figure out whether or not a picture was actually being taken)

Keep your eyes open around here in the next week or two - my 1 year blogiversary is coming up and it's possible that I have a signed copy of Infinity to give away!


  1. UGH that you had to deal with such rude people at the signing! But congrats on winning a t-shirt and getting your books signed!!

  2. Egh, rude people can really spoil things. Glad you still enjoyed yourself

  3. How cool is that. And a t-shirt on top of it. Too bad for the idiots, they are everywhere but glad you got to have your books signed and a picture.

  4. Yipee for you Patti! Getting books signed is so much fun! I'm glad the "crazy chicks" didn't dampen your night!

  5. wow so cool that you met her, and won a t-shirt! :D

  6. Kenyon really takes advantage of her New Orleans setting - I love all the Cajun refernces, from the lilt of their accent to cooking Gumbo! lol

    'Infinity' was awesome. You'll love it, and so will your son. It has gore, zombies, cute girls, hot cars - very appealing to teenage boys. I was impressed.

  7. I hate rude people. Glad you got to meet her and get your book signed.
    Sue B

  8. Chris: All in all it was fun and I was excited to win the shirt!

    Sullivan: At first I thought it was just me but the woman behind me was annoyed by them too; in a weird way that made me feel better.

    Tam: It was fun regardless - I'd do it again :)

    Book Vixen: It was pretty awesome!

    Julie: It did turn out to be fun!

    Blodeuedd: I love meeting authors, so I did have fun!

    Danielle: I love it when authors "get" N.O. And glad to hear this is something else to share with my son :)

    katsrus: I just kept telling myself, "they're here to see SK too, we have something in common"...even though I wanted to tell them to shut up :)

    Chris: I am so going to check that out!!!!

  9. What a great post Patti! I have to confess I have not yet read any books by this author, but I know she's got a large fan following. I hope to read her books soon.



  10. Awww Patti... I am sorry that you had to deal with those rude people! But over all... I am very glad to see and read that you had a great time!!!!!

    OHMYGOSH... See you soon!!!!!!!!