So, what did you guys do this weekend? Me, I just met Aprilynne Pike, Suzanne Young, Danielle Paige, Ruta Sepetys, Sara Raasch, Cammie McGovern, Karen Bao, Leslie Connor & Diana Gabaldon!!!!!

Yeah. Awesome doesn’t begin to describe it.

I went to the Tucson Festival of Books over the weekend and had the absolute best time. My only complaint (apart from what I can only assume was a bowling league in the hotel room above me) was that there were too many things scheduled at the same time, so I had to Sophie’s Choice my way through the weekend and missed a few panels and signings (Heidi Heilig!) I would have loved.

Overall, I bought way too many books and met more amazing people than should be allowed in one place. I also confirmed that YA authors are the kindest most welcoming people on the planet.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The Writing in the Mysterious World panel with Aprilynne Pike and Suzanne Young (and chatting with them later).
  • The Epic Reads Author Meet-up with Rae Carson and Danielle Paige (I also stalked them caught them at the What’s Trending in YA panel with the very cool Karen Bao).
  • Meeting Kathleen Glasgow, author of the upcoming GIRL IN PIECES, at The Sweet Sixteens tent.
  • The Star Wars, the Shannara Chronicles, and Outlander: From Book to Screen and Back panel with Diana Gabaldon, Terry Brooks, and Chuck Wendig. And meeting Diana afterwards!!!
  • Room service.
  • The Journeys of Magic into the Past panel with Rae Carson and Heidi Heilig.
  • Meeting Gabriella, a super friendly blogger from Gabriella Reads.
  • The Diana Gabaldon and Outlander panel where she read from book nine! Whoa!
  • Signings with Leslie Conner, Ruta Sepetys, Sara Raasch, and Cammie McGovern!
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Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has, and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high-school production of Cinderella, and riding roller coasters every chance she gets. She is the author of several young adult novels including If I Fix You and Every Other Weekend. She is represented by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary Agency.

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  1. Mary March 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    hmmm…your highlights seem to be missing one key part. How about an entire “girls weekend” with your mom and sister? The Festival was a lot of fun. Thanks for giving me the inside track for this event

  2. Gabriella Morales March 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Aw, I just saw this! I have to write my post about TFOB soon.

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