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Writers Are My Rock Stars

Dianna Love, myself, & Sherrilyn Kenyon
at Moonlight & Magnolias 2011

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

Here I am with Dianna Love

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.

Dalton, Me, Makenzie & Kelci waiting for
Sherrilyn & Dianna to Arrive

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!”

Makenzie inside Bus

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.

Mary Preston - August 14, 2012 - 4:22 am

What fun you had!!

Linsey Lanier - August 14, 2012 - 8:29 am

Oh how exciting, Bryonna. Sherrilyn & Dianna are very special people and terrific writers. I too get chill bumps thinking about the writing celebrities I’m privileged to know. And it’s great to see young people get excited about books!

I didn’t know Sherrilyn & Dianna had a tour bus. How classy. :)

Debbie Kaufman - August 14, 2012 - 8:35 am

What fun! I had really wanted to come to that signing, but other plans interfered. Glad you got to go! And the inside of the bus,too cool. Now I’m officially jealous, LOL!

I am also happy that your friends got to see how gracious Sherri and Dianna are to their readers. To use your word, those two are “magic” with the readers. Thanks for sharing.

Pam Asberry - August 14, 2012 - 9:14 am

Writers are my rock stars, too! Haywood Smith posted birthday wishes on my Facebook wall yesterday (my birthday is tomorrow) and her message brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad you and your family and friends got to meet Sherrilyn and Diana *AND* see their tour bus. I’m a big fangirl myself so I can only imagine what a thrill that must have been. Thanks for a fun post!

Bryonna Nobles - August 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

It really was so much fun. I find it hard to describe just how high on Cloud 9 we were. Glowing is the only way to describe it.

What’s truly amazing to me is we forget writers are people. They’re real not just names on the front of books. They get a ‘god-like’ status in many readers minds and become unapproachable. You think “What do I say?”

Being part of Georgia Romance Writers, I’m starting to get over that a little. Oh, I still get star struck by them but it really makes me think that maybe they’re starstruck too. I wonder if people like Sherrilyn and Dianna and J. K. Rowling, etc, look around and go “This is crazy!” but in a good way. If their books have exceeded their wildest dreams.

Debbie Kaufman - August 14, 2012 - 10:12 am

Bryonna said:
“I wonder if people like Sherrilyn and Dianna and J. K. Rowling, etc, look around and go “This is crazy!” but in a good way. If their books have exceeded their wildest dreams.”

I think they must. I know that when I went to the first Barbara Vey Readers Luncheon this year, I was flabbergasted that people actually paid to specifically sit at my table. I don’t think I’ll ever get over experiences like that. I doubt Dianna and Sherri take it for granted even with the huge crowds.

Sia Huff - August 14, 2012 - 10:49 am

Great post, Bryonna. So glad your family came over and was a part of the expereince. And what a cool bus driver.
Dianna & Sherrilyn are both a class act. I’ve heard Dianna say how much they appriecate their readers and it shows. Here’s hoping you have the experience from the other side one day.

Maxine - August 14, 2012 - 11:00 am

Bryonna, What classy ladies! I’m sure you’ll match them step-for-step. Sounds like such an exciting day. And aren’t your cousins lucky to have you! You are a classy lady, too.

Susan Carlisle - August 14, 2012 - 10:08 pm

What a cool post. It sounds like you had a great time. Dianna and Sherrilyn are such giving authors. I’m glad you got to impress your family.

Carol Burnside - August 15, 2012 - 3:38 am

How fun and what a blast to share with your relatives, especially with those who enjoy the work of those ‘rock star’ writers! Dianna and Sherrilyn are both fabulous ladies IMO.

Marilyn Baron - August 15, 2012 - 5:47 am

Wow. What a turnout and what a great experience. Dianna and Sherrilyn are two of my favorite writers and people. I’m sorry I missed them. I didn’t know they had a tour bus either. I’m glad you got to see them. Loved your pictures. Any writer would be lucky to have you as a fan and one day we will be your fans. Actually, we already are.

Sandra Elzie - August 16, 2012 - 10:52 am

Loved the post! And, of course, I love Dianna Love & Sherrilyn Kenyon, as well as their books. My husband even reads their series!

Glad you had a fun time and the pictures are great!

Tami Brothers - August 17, 2012 - 10:51 am

Hey Bryonna! This is awesome! Getting to see the inside of the bus must have been awesome. I would so love to be a big time author like that someday. And Dianna and Sherilynn are the very best people. Always nice and always willing to give their fans that extra something.

Way cool that you got your neice and nephew loving their series. I LOVE the Chronicles of Nick. I started reading it so I could recommend it to my son. Now when I get a new one, he ends up reading it before me. I love that we can share that experience.

He hasn’t read the Dark Hunter series yet. He did read the comic books and liked those. Maybe in another couple of years I will let him. I know he’ll love them as much as I do. :)

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Totally cool!

Tami

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