Susanna here, very excited to be hosting my first Ask-A-Wench post!
This month our question came from Kay Spears, who wrote:
I have a question for the group. Years ago I attended the Book Expo in Chicago I was overwhelmed and slightly catatonic from seeing all of my favorite authors. I remember watching a group of them from afar and spent a great deal of time trying to work up enough nerve to approach. I never did and yes, I did feel like a stalker. I finally did approach Mary Balogh, but that was only because I was standing in her line for a book signing. My question to you authors (since you are part of “celebrity/famous/whatever world”) is there an author out there who you were excited/flummoxed/nervous/ squealing/overwhelmed to meet or did you, like me, hide behind a book rack?
When I wrote my first book, I had NO clue that there were organizations like RWA. The idea that there were big, national get-togethers where newbies like me could go mingle with Famous Authors was both exhilarating—and a little frightening. I felt like a total fraud as I registered for my first RWA Conference, which was in Washington DC that year, but nonetheless was full of fluttery excitement as I packed my bag and headed off. A big part of the thrill was the chance to hear Mary Jo Putney, who was the keynote speaker. Her books—so beautifully written and rich with complex characters—were such an inspiration to me. And so was her speech. (Mary Jo, to this day I still remember your very funny line about one of the great perks of a writer’s life was the fact one didn’t have to wear panty hose to work every day.)