Quick bookish confession: Despite my avid reading & reviewing, I have never personally met an author.
One of my “favorite favorite” authors – Laura Frantz – was doing a signing today for her newest release The Mistress of Tall Acre. It was only about 45 minutes from my house, so the hubby and I and the Mistress of Tall Acre piled in the car and set off for the bookstore.
There was such a great turnout for the signing – I have no idea how many people were actually there but I got there just after it started and a solid line had already formed. The line stayed steady and full for the whole two hours!
I totally pilfered that picture from another fan who was there today lol. If you’re reading this, thanks Toni! 🙂
Friends make everything better, don’t they? Including standing in line! At the signing I was also able to finally meet several friends in person (instead of just seeing their beautiful faces online). They were all just as lovely in real life as they are on Facebook 🙂
My reviewer friend Nancy (that’s her on the left) happened to end up right in front of me in line – such a God thing! We had planned to connect at the signing and I was wondering how we would find each other there. It all just worked out so nicely 🙂 Plus Bonnie (on the right) was stationed at the back of the line handing out name tags and the gift basket entry form so she was also easy to find! And Georgianne (middle) recognized me and introduced herself. So much fun!!
Oh – and I also had Pepper to keep me company. In case you’re new to the blog or have forgotten, Pepper Basham is the author of one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read – The Thorn Bearer. She has two other books coming out soon as well – A Twist of Faith and The Thorn Keeper. (I’ve already devoured them both and they are AMAZING!!! You will love them!) Anyway… she lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains which are not exactly up the road from us so she wasn’t able to make it to the signing. But she’s a major fan of Laura Frantz as well (and vice versa) so we devised a plan. Thanks to the wonders of technology, Pepper simply FaceTimed me and I toted her around in line with me lol. Hysterical. She even got her picture taken with Laura … in a manner of speaking.
I tried not to think too much about it but … you guys… I was ON THE PHONE with PEPPER BASHAM!!!! I had a little pocket Pepper!!! Totally fangirled about it on the inside … so as to maintain my calm facade 😉
But anyway, on to the main event.
Laura Frantz’s book The Colonel’s Lady was one of the first books I discovered when I returned to my first love of reading. It really opened my eyes to how far Christian fiction had come in the six years since I’d been away. From there I went on a hunt to find what other authors and books I’d been missing … and now you’re reading my blog.
Laura’s books are always written so beautifully and paint such vivid pictures of the setting and the characters with just the right amount of exquisite detail. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, I highly recommend her newest book – The Mistress of Tall Acre. Clicking on that hyperlink will take you to my review.
(Don’t worry about that guy in the pic on the right … that’s just my totes-adorbs husband… not some creepy stalker hahaha! Here he is again, being a stellar purse wrangler for me and Nancy.)
You guys. LAURA FRANTZ hugged me!!! 😀 Totally fangirling on the inside again.
And after meeting her, I know why her books have such heart. Because she does. Laura is so incredibly gracious, down-to-earth, and sweet. Oh so sweet and lovely. If you are ever near a place where she is doing a signing, please go!! She made my first author meet/book signing experience a dream come true for this fangirl-at-heart.
(Special thanks to my hubby for being my chauffeur, my afore-mentioned purse wrangler, my photographer, and my cheering squad. Also an apologetic shout-out to Pepper’s oldest son who I’m pretty sure we annoyed with all our shenanigans lol)
What about you? Have you ever met a favorite author? If not, who is on your bucket list?
About Laura Frantz:
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at her website!