I am sitting here with my morning cup of coffee basking in happy memories. Saturday, August 11th, Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love were doing a book signing at the Barnes & Noble just half an hour from my house. As soon as I realized it, I was hopping around with excitement. Not only are these two very talented authors, they’re two of my favorites.
I started calling everyone to let them know; including two of my cousins all the way in Alabama. When Makenzie answered, I simply informed her, “You and Dalton are coming over here next weekend!”
“Well, we were actually talking about that,” Makenzie confessed, since they hadn’t visited with us all summer and she’s be going back to her University soon. ”But why?”
“Because Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love are going to be here next Saturday!” I all but shouted.
“Really?” Makenzie asked, excitedly. And that was that. They were on their way.
Makenzie was clearly bragging about getting to see Sherrilyn and Dianna because I got a text from her a few days later
asking if she could please bring a friend, Kelci, as well. This made me smile. Of course she could.
Writers are my rock stars and I always love to see when they’re other people’s as well. These are amazing people, all of them. Whether I enjoy their books or not. They sat down and they FINISHED their manuscripts, got them published and, out there somewhere
in the world, they touched someone’s lives.Writing is hard but amazing when I really think about it and, to me, Sherrilyn and Dianna’s rank up there at the top of my favorite authors’ list.
Sherrilyn Kenyon began a Young Adult series called, The Chronicles of Nick because her teenage sons said they had nothing to read. She realized they were right. Most Young Adult books out there seemed geared more toward females then males. So she wrote one geared very much toward both.
When this series came out, I got the first one for my cousin, Dalton, Makenzie’s younger brother. He loved it, Makenzie stole it, Dalton wanted more. In the end, I got him and his sister hooked on the Dark-Hunters and the paperbacks they borrowed from me started circulating through their high school. Both female a nd males were reading these books. The Baledors are now making the rounds.
That’s magic. Three teenagers fresh from high school drove 3 hours over to my house in part to see family but mostly to see Sherrilyn and Dianna.
I regaled them with stories I’d heard from both authors in the past and they laughed, hanging onto every word. We get to Barnes & Noble and many of those stories were repeated. They shared looks like they had an inside source to the writing world. Makenzie is also very ready for my first book to come out so she can go around going, “See this book? I know the author.”Side note: Since Makenzie is going to brag on me, allow me to brag on her now. I’m very proud of her. She graduated Salutatorian of her high school and is now attending a very good university studying for a degree I can barely pronounce. Go Kenzie!
While I hardly expected special treatment while there, I have to say it was rather an ego stroke when, upon arrival, Dianna noticed me in the audience and gave me a hug. We chatted when I was standing in line for autographs.
I just have to say it again, writers are my rock stars!
Getting photographs in front of it, the driver had just come out and was watching us. I asked, “What’s it like on the inside?”After we got our books signed, we remembered the awesome tour bus outside. Hoping it had not yet left, we ran through Barnes & Noble to get to the outside. It was still there!
“Do you want to see?” he asked.
OF COURSE WE DID! He gave us a tour of Sherrilyn and Dianna’s tour bus. It was absolutely jaw dropping inside. I kept thinking, “Now this is the way an author should travel. Rock star!”
When we were done, we were all on Cloud 9. Seeing Sherrilyn and Dianna was absolutely fabulous, getting to see inside their tour bus was just icing on
the cake. That night will be in our memories forever. I can only imagine the bragging Makenzie and Kelci will do once they’re home. Dalton isn’t much of a bragger. I have a feeling he’ll let his sisterdo that for him.They had the time of their lives and I’m glad I could help make that happen; that they didn’t let this opportunity pass them by.
One day, I hope I can be a ‘rock star’ like Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love one day. Change a person’s life with a stroke of a pen and a friendly smile. That’s truly awesome.
Thank you, Sherrilyn & Dianna, for the great tour and the unforgettable evening.