Third Place Books in Bothell was hopping on Sunday July 31st when six amazing YA authors took over The Den and stole the show from the shelves of autographed bestsellers lining the wall. (You better believe I drooled over the Fionavar Tapestry signed by Guy Gavriel Kay, but even it paled in comparison to the event.)
All six authors were great during their presentation and Q&A session, but the best part for me came at the end when the lovely ladies stayed around and signed copies of their books. (Did I mention books accounted for half my declared goods when we crossed the border?)
I wanted to talk with Eileen Cook because she was very witty during the presentation, and mentioned she lives in Vancouver. She also mentioned Ivan Coyote when she recounted her story about being afraid to submit her ms to editors/agents. (I met Ivan and had dinner with her last year, and anyone else who likes her is rockin’ in my books.)
She said Ivan, after hearing her lamentations, told her something to the effect of, “Eileen, I have some bad news for you. You’re already unpublished.”
(I can totally picture Ivan saying this. She’s a huge advocate for writers, and for getting out and just doing whatever it is you feel you need to do.)
Eileen said she realized Ivan was right. There wasn’t anything worse that could happen to her.
(Eileen now has eight published–or soon to be released–books listed on her website, btw.)
I introduced myself and we chatted politely about the waits at the border and I asked her if she attended SiWC (http://www.siwc.ca) last year. She said she had in the past, but not 2010, but is attending this fall – and is even speaking. We talked about the industry for a bit – she asked me to email her to let her know how [something I cannot reveal here, yet] goes, which was very courteous, and I’m totally going to do it when the time comes.
Eileen was engaging and fun to talk to. I look forward to reading her latest, The Education of Hailey Kendrick, and maybe catching up with her at SiWC in October. You can check her out at: http://www.eileencook.com/.
(And yes, I will be posting about my conversations with the other five fabulous authors too!)