Friday, August 17, 2012

YA Fest 2012

On August 4th I was lucky enough to attend YA Fest 2012 at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Public Library. I say that I was lucky, because I live about 20 minutes from Easton, PA! Normally I have quite a drive to get to events as large as this one was. Here's a list of the 35 authors that attended:

Jennifer Armentrout
Cyn Balog
Charlotte Bennardo
Charles Benoit
Josh Berk
Crissa Jean Campbell
Molly Cochran
Cesya MaRae Cuono
Shannon Delany
Barbara Dee
Margie Gelbwasser
Anne Greenwood Brown
Melissa Groeling
Alissa Grosso
Gwendolyn Heasley
Jeff Hirsch
Amalie Howard
Jennifer R. Hubbard
Christine Hughes
Ellen Jensen Abbott
P.G. Kain
Brigid Kemmerer
Elisa Ludwig
Jonathan Maberry
Eve Marie Mont
Carley Moore
Jennifer Murgia
Michael Northrop
Tiffany Schmidt
Jon Skovron
Maria V. Snyder
K.M. Walton
Alecia Whitaker
Natalie Zaman
Michelle Zink

I am ALWAYS ridiculously early to everything, it's something my father instilled in me at an early age. Reality is that I am always sitting in a parking lot waiting for doors to open and things to get started. This day wasn't really like that. When I arrived, the library was already open and most of the authors were ready. I first made my way to the Harleysvile Book Store table to pick up the books I pre-ordered. I made my selections according to which authors I wanted to meet and get books signed by. I wish I could have purchased all of the books available, but I am not made of money.

 Here are my books:

I had the pleasure of talking with Maria V. Snyder, who I also met at BEA, and Jennifer Armentrout first. Both are very lovely and easy to talk to, but I will admit that I was kind of in awe talking to Jennifer. Next I briefly spoke to K.M. Walton and picked up some awesome swag:) There were a few authors I met following this who really surprised and delighted me: Charles Benoit, Jonathan Maberry and Michelle Zinc.

I will admit that I knew VERY LITTLE about Charles Benoit and Jonathan Maberry until YA Fest. Curiosity over summaries of  Charles's You, led me to purchase his book. As I stopped to talk to him I was very nervous because I knew virtually nothing about his work. Let me tell you just how friendly he is. Wow! We got to talking about teaching, since we have that in common. In the middle of it all I heard a voice from my left saying, "I like your shirt." Jonathan Maberry, who I come to find out is working with Amber Benson on her latest novel, complements me on my Buffy the Vampire shirt. All of this leads to us talking about Joss Whedon, etc. These gentlemen are the very reason I attended the first panel discussion held!

After this, I met Crissa Jean Campbell and really didn't know what to say. The last author on my list was Michelle Zinc. OMG! She is the friendliest and kindest author I have ever met! Not only did she sign my book, but as soon as she found out I was a middle school teacher she began to hand me swag for my class. WOW!

I had such a great experience at this festival, but I know I need to be a little less nervous talking to the authors. I want to thank the Easton Public Library for hosting this event! If you'd like to check out all the authors who attended, here's the main site for the event YA FEST.

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