Yesterday was a fabulous day for me! I played two rounds of Laser Tag (because I’m mature like that), found out that I won a giveaway via Little Pieces of Imagination, and I met the wonderful Michelle Hodkin!
Fully Booked brought Michelle Hodkin to the Philippines! It was a three-day event, and I went on day one at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street.
Okay, so, the wait in line for registration was kind of confusing at first (some people were cutting the line–inevitable, really–and most of us were lost didn’t know where to wait). I got there at around 8:30 in the morning (the actual registration started at 10:30-ish), but we did get a chance to sit down for most of the wait, which is a good thing.
When I got back to the venue (I went back home to chill) at exactly 7 PM, Michelle was already there, and the crowds were everywhere! It was hard for me to see since I was short, so I went up to the second floor to listen to the introductions by one of the Fully Booked staff members.
After a while, the interview started. I wasn’t able to record the whole thing since my phone’s memory is crap, but here are the things she mentioned that I can remember at the top of my head:
- Michelle hasn’t had a TV for around 4 years.
- One of her editors ended up becoming an FBI agent. No joke.
- Writing advice: (1) read everything, and (2) never give up. Authors are just writers who never gave up.
- Words to describe Noah Shaw: (1) obnoxious, and (2) misunderstood.
- She didn’t think the covers of her books would attract readers, but they did.
- Michelle’s scared of dolls. She has some in her room and she’s too scared to throw or give them away because they might come back saying, “I’ve missed you!”
Michelle also read aloud the first chapter of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which is one of my favorite book openings ever. Very creepy, for those who haven’t read the book yet.
Now, I started to wait for the actual signing, which I think started at around 8:30 PM. I was #119 in line, our of around 250 people. Believe it or not, my number was only called out at around 11:30 PM. But honestly, I didn’t mind one bit, although I can tell that my cousin and parents were pretty bored.
When it was my turn to get my books signed, I was ecstatic since it was obvious that Michelle was super friendly and sweet. What I love about this event hosted by Fully Booked is that we got our books all personalized, and that we got to chat a while with Michelle. Totally worth the wait.
So I first asked Michelle if she was enjoying her stay in the Philippines. She said that, yes, she was, because of all the welcoming fans and readers. Then she asked me if I was still in school (it’s probably my height and baby face that gave me away), and I said yes (and that I wasn’t enjoying it too much). She told me not to worry because high school was the worst years of her life, but she finally found her people in college.
After that, she asked me how I discovered her books. Shyly (not that I’m ashamed of my blog–I’m just not used to talking about it), I told her that I was a book blogger. She said that that was cool and that I should tweet to her more often.
I had my photo taken with her (up close and personal, whoa). She was super cute with her fluffy hair! After the normal shots, I was surprised when she asked me to take a selfie with her on her phone! But dammit, I don’t have any proof since by that time, my mom left me and didn’t take a photo. Thanks, mom. Hopefully Michelle sees this and sends me the photo, yeah? ;)
Anyway, when that was over, I hugged Michelle, and she thanked my parents for bringing me over which I thought was super adorable.
I was totally on a Michelle Hodkin high all the way home. Thanks a bunch to Fully Booked for bringing her over and for hosting an awesome book signing event!
Here are my gorgeous signed books:
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.