This post is really late, but oh well. As you all know, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium is a book that attacked my heart. It’s beautifully tragic, the writing is lyrical, and the story affected me so much that I wrote a song. (Delirium, the Official Song) Technically, I wrote the song before reading the book, but I was so captivated by the premise and what I had heard about the story that I somehow managed to write appropriate lyrics.
Anyway, on May 4th I had the wonderful opportunity to travel down to Naperville to see Lauren Oliver at Anderson’s Bookshop. Lauren and I hadn’t met prior to this, so I was extremely excited to meet her. My family and I arrived at the store early and a few minutes later the amazing Lynn showed up! She’s the nifty person behind the nifty blog, Bringing the Epic. She and I walked around a little before wandering over to the signing area. Lynn asked how dorky we should be and we decided we should be really dorky. So what did we do? We sat in the front row, something I have never done before, haha.
After chatting with each other and another woman who had been at the Dark Days Tour, I left Lynn to grab something to eat. I got back and a little bit later Stacey from Page Turners
showed up, much to Lynn and I’s excitement. It was so great seeing these lovely ladies again!
Lauren ended up starting the signing early because she figured she was there and so why not just start? The moment she started speaking, I was enthralled. She’s funny, thought provoking, and just really “organic”. That’s totally not the right use of the word, but she’s a really natural person. My favorite moment was when she talked about how she trusted the movie people to not cast people like Justin Bieber in the movie adaptation of her books. She went on to say she wouldn’t necesarily mind that, really, and started singing, “Never say never….”. It was hilarious! She showed us the beautiful ARC for her new middle grade book, Liesl and Po,
and she also read from….PANDEMONIUM! (Psst! That’s the sequel to Delirium
). The sample she read was purely epic and emotional.
After the discussion and Q&A portions of the signing, it was time for the actual signing. I was numbers 1 and 2 in the line, and Lynn was number 3. I went up and introduced myself and Lauren seemed so excited to finally meet me. She complimented my songwriting and was impressed when I told her I had a book coming out. We then had our picture taken and she gave me a big hug afterward. 🙂
As Lynn’s blog name suggests, the epic was brought and it was brought by Lauren. I had such a great time and I can’t wait to see Lynn, Stacey, and Lauren again. Hopefully it’ll be soon!