Werewoloves and Graveyards and Authors, oh my!

Like my fun title? I thought it was a little clever..hehe. Anyways, this post is all about how I spent my Halloween with some sweet authors! I drove down the night before, saw some old friends and then went to hang out with my friend

Kelly (Fountain Owner) Maggie and Jackson

Susan for the night. Which is always fun! Turns out I had forgotten a hat (and it was freezing) so we went to Target, tried on a zillion hats, got some sweet t-shirts and headed home. This is the night Susan also got me hooked on woot t-shirts. I now have at least 4 t-shirts from them and I think my wallet will be taking a hit because of this site. But some of the t-shirts are just too cool to pass up!

So onto Halloween, in the afternoon we were going to Fountain Bookstore to see Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce! I was so excited because I have not seen either of them at an event before, so I was eager to see what they were going to

Maggie with Cole doll she drew and gave away

do. When we get to Fountain Bookstore we found out that Jackson and Maggie were stranded because Maggie’s car, Loki, decided it wanted to break down so Susan had to go pick them up. About 15 minutes later the ladies all arrived and the event began.

Maggie and Jackson were hilarious. I think the pictures help illustrate that quite well.

Jackson, probably making fun of werewolves who play the guitar 😉

They both asked each other questions and talked about their love of werewolves. Well, Maggie talked about her love of werewolves, Jackson just had a great time making fun of them. They also both read a passage from their books which I always find fascinating. I like to hear the way an author reads their stories and love when they do the voices too. It is always a fun experience for me.

Me, Jackson and Maggie

If you want another fun perspective of the event check out James blog here, where he talks about some lunch time fun and the commentary before the event. Thanks James 🙂

Kelly signing books

Later that night Susan, Tess (who is an awesome girl that works at Fountain Bookstore) and I all headed up to Baltimore to see Kelly Creagh, who wrote Nevermore. She was doing a reading and signing at Westminster Hall where Edgar Allen Poe is buried. The event was sponsored by The Children’s Bookstore in Baltimore, which I have not been to yet, but I plan on going to now. Back to Kelly, she is a HUGE fan of Poe, plus her book is pretty centered around him and his stories so the place where he is buried seemed very fitting for her signing. They were giving tours that night of the catacombs and the building just oozed eerieness and I was freaking out a little on the inside. I was trying to act brave, but I scare really easily so I was worried and trying (poorly) not to show it. We got inside and went around to find Kelly. On the way to her we past Poe’s grave and quite a few people reenacting pieces of his work. Such as The Tell Tale Heart, which is my personal favorite!

Me, Tess, Kelly and Susan

When we got to Kelly she was sitting under a tent signing away. Susan introduced us and we spent the next hour talking and telling fun stories. Most of which were of me and how I act when I meet authors. Most of the time I am like James, shy and quiet, but if I get to meet an author I am super excited about it is possible I go a little fan girl. I have gotten much, much better, I swear, but Susan does a good job of keeping me in check. Kelly was beyond sweet though, it was easy to fall into conversation with her. She knows so much about Poe, it was fascinating. We took a couple of pictures with her, one by Poe’s grave of course, and got ready to go home. We had been at the catacombs for quite a while and it was getting late and cold. We said our goodbyes and headed home for the night.

It was one of the best Halloweens I have ever had! I am so happy I got to spend the day with my friends and some awesome authors! If any of them come your way, you need to go check it out because they were all amazing! Next up, I am going to give away a signed book from each author so be on the lookout for that.

All the photos are courtesy of the lovely Susan from Wastepaper Prose 🙂

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4 responses to “Werewoloves and Graveyards and Authors, oh my!

  1. Nice title. How could you beat spending Halloween with Poe?

    All it needed was for someone there to recite “Ulalume.”

  2. Looks like you had a fantastic time!

  3. That sounded awesome! Wish I could have been there with you. My halloween was spent posting about Poe. That’s as far as I got. The only author I’ve ever met (dead mind you, his grave) was William Blake at Bunhill Cemetary. It was cool.

  4. Thanks for linking to my blog! I spend way too much time talking about minutiae, lol. Loved reading your take on things and so glad you had a wonderful Halloween. I can’t wait to see you again! Maybe Christmastime? If not, there’s an event at Hooray for Books (located in Old Town Alexandria) in January with A.S. King that I’m going to.

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