A few weeks ago I was introduced to Jane Costello when I was on all four cleaning our bathroom, and listening to the audiobook of The Wish List. When I had written my review I was
stalking looking her up online so I could tag her on Twitter and, of course, to see what other books she had written. Imagine my surprise when I came across this on her website:
Turns out with “YOU ME EVERYTHING” the author did a change of pen names, and is now travelling around the North East of England to sign, promote and talk about her newest book.
When I saw this I was like “that’s only one town over from me” I was uhm’ing and ahh’ing so much whilst debating whether to go or not, that in the end my boyfriend was like “if you shut up now I’ll buy you the book and take you”. That’s all very good and incredibly sweet of him!! But what was really making me hesitate was the fact I’d have to go alone. I HATE doing things alone!!! I am one of those people who love a buffer in case I feel awkward – but also so I have someone to share the experience with.
Then it daunted on me….. I’m 30+ years! If I can’t go to things like that alone now, when will I be able to? So I put on my big girl pants (lies, I wore a dress), and went. I don’t know what I had expected of the event, but that certainly wasn’t it.
First I was 15 minutes late (sigh) and the (not so) friendly librarian at the door didn’t want to let me in, because I wasn’t on the list. When I pointed out it said on their website that you didn’t have to sign up, she just sighed at me and said that was true and asked if I wanted to come inside. I bit back my witty retort of “no thanks, I just like to stand awkwardly in door frames after hours” and followed her quietly inside. I was charged the £2 like everyone else, and informed that as I was late I wouldn’t be getting the complimentary cup of water, tea or coffee. I felt like pointing out that I was okay with her not deducting the 25p the drink would normally cost. But instead I just smiled politely, reminded myself that I didn’t drive for half an hour to get a drink, but to meet an author.
When I finally got to sit down Catherine was answering questions, talking about her career as a journalist and author. It was extremely inspiring to hear about her success, the amount of work she puts into things, and the movie deal for “YOU ME EVERYTHING”. In the end it was time to get my book signed and I was kicking myself for only having brought one copy, because during my time there I realised that my youngest sister would have loved it. And how cool would I be if I showed up for Christmas with a signed copy? I’m sure that would have won me the sister-of-the-year award.
It also occurred to me that I was extremely unprepared. I knew I had like a million and one questions I wanted to ask Catherine, but as I sat there I could only think of two. Lucky for me I got the chance to ask question and she was kind enough to offer we took a selfie for my blog – which was my second question.
My first one was if she would be willing to do a blog-interview with me once I’ve read her newest book, and the answer is yes. That a best selling author with a Hollywood deal will take the time to talk to lil’ me is extremely cool. So now I can’t wait till I’ve cleared some arc’s so I can dive right into this one!!!
How do you feel about going to events alone? Are you cool with it, or do you prefer to have someone with you? Have you been to any book signings? Let’s talk in the comments!