Friday, August 12, 2011

My Ash2Nash Experience

Last week, the Ash2Nash tour marked what I'm hoping will be the first of many author tours in the South. With authors like Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch), Beth Revis (Across the Universe), and Myra McEntire (Hourglass) headlining, only a fool would make other plans. With a total of eight tour stops over four days, it was a feat in and of itself. I commend these ladies for their hard work in putting together this tour for their readers.

Rarely, do we get good author signings in the South. And hardly ever in South Carolina at that. Usually, I have to make the trek to Little Shop of Stories in Decatur to meet up with authors, but when I saw "Spartanburg" on the list of tour stops, I legit freaked! I would finally meet Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire! And getting to see Beth Revis again was a bonus.

Along the way, these three ladies were joined by a few other big names in YA: Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door), Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer), Rachel Hawkins (Demonglass), Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey series), Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray), and Alan Gratz (Fantasy Baseball). Though, sadly, they weren't all able to make it to every tour stop.

I've been waiting MONTHS for this and finally the day had come! I was so excited to finally be meeting the people I had been talking to online for almost a year now. Also, to have a chance to talk about Doctor Who (Beth, Victoria, and Myra are all HUGE DW fans!). The event took place at the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC, which is the closest indie store to me (still an hour away). They had it set up a little differently then normal, but it was so much better than I could've imagined!

As soon as we got to the book shop, I set about stalking the store like a lion to find the authors hiding in the back. Jeremy shouted over my shoulder, "VICTORIA!" Bodies turned. Eyes met. Mouths formed smiles. The two parties ran in slow motion towards each other. Arms outstretched. Okay, maybe not that last part, but it was a very happy greeting. From there, we followed them back to our seats and theirs where they proceeded to be interviewed extensively about their influences in writing from authors to people they know. Oh yeah, and argue which Doctor (ten or eleven) was better. Obviously, the correct answer is Ten. David Tennant MADE that role!! Though, I will say that I love Matt Smith! At least they could agree on one thing, Doctor Who is the best show ever made!

Next was the signing portion. We waited around like usual so we could be last and take our time talking because that's what we do. We're talkers. I can easily say that this was the most fun I've had at a signing in a while! Oh yeah, Beth had an ARC of A Million Suns with her and I was plotting on how to steal it. Too bad it was Beth's personal copy :/ I NEED THAT BOOK!

Talk. Talk. Swag. Swag. A few pictures. And it was time to go. Luckily for me, I get to see all three of them in less than a month at Decatur Book Festival! So it wasn't a goodbye, just a "See you later". Much less depressing :)



  1. love the post!!


  2. So, I just signed up with the Southern Book Bloggers and I was looking at the list of bloggers from SC (because I live in SC) and I was perusing your blog and I came across this post; and it said that you're only an hour from Spartanburg. So I was like, hmmm...I live only an hour from Spartanburg as well...this is weird...I wonder if they live near me??? But yeah, I probably sound like a stalker, so sorry.

    However, y'all have a great blog!! :)