The most famous person I've ever met must be Wynton Marsalis... Lord help me, he's beautiful. And he plays trumpet. Sigh.
You know the Marilyn Monroe scene in "Some Like it Hot," where she explains her attraction to saxophone players? That's me and the trumpet. "They just curdle me."
My point, and I do have one, is that I met one of my favorite writers last year. My friend, Megan, and I drove down to Tucson (living in Phoenix at the time) to the Tucson Book Festival. What a hoot! Authors, publishers, book stores, and food all in little white tents set up in the center of the Tucson college campus. Only in Tucson will you find roasted corn and tamales at a book event. Bliss!
But we drove down so I could breathe the same air as Michelle Richmond. She is the author of "The Year of Fog," and my favorite, "No One You Know," as well as a few others. She gave a panel discussion and Q&A with another author, Meg Waite Clayton. I confess that I didn't know Ms. Clayton's work, but I enjoyed what both had to say about their research, writing schedule, and how they do what they do.
Afterwards, I bought MWC's book, "The Wednesday Sisters," which is delightful by the way. I had brought my copies of Michelle's books and we stood in line to have them all signed. I have no clue what I said to either of them, but I'm sure I babbled - terrible nervous habit. Both were super gracious and Michelle happily posed for pictures with Megan and I.
Then, dear lord, she gave me her email address and asked for copies of the pictures. Her personal email !!! And I, in a moment of true class, wrote her email on MY HAND. Like I'm in junior high. I fessed up about that in the email to her. Not only did she respond, but she laughed and said I'm the first to be excited to get her email, other than Banana Republic. Redeemed! So yes, I made a fool of myself, but she said I made her day. If she lied, I'd prefer you didn't burst my bubble.
Definitely check out both authors.