Now, not only did I get to meet Lauren, but I also finally got to meet Kay from Dead Book Darling, who is one of my most favourite bloggers. And she was ace! We met up before the event and went book shopping with Carla and Tara from Hobbitsies. Honestly, book bloggers should NEVER be let loose in Foyles and Forbidden Planet!
After that fun, we all went to meet my good friend Kat from S&S UK, who was my +1 for the event. She loves Lauren too, so it was only right she came! We had food and drinks, then went to the lovely event venue where we met Lauren as soon as we walked in. She was wearing ginormous heels, and I have no idea how she walked in them. But she managed it!
I talked to my Hodder friends for a bit - publicist Leni and Kate, senior editor and the lady responsible for bringing Lauren's books to the UK. Kate... I bow down to you and your impeccable taste! There were drinks and cake for everyone to munch on, which we all did before Kate and Lauren took to the makeshift stage to say a few words. Lauren seems so appreciative of the blogosphere, and I felt so proud to be part of it. She's such a genuinely nice, warm person, and I'm so glad I finally got to meet her after almost 2 years of e-mail chatting!
Lauren then went on to sign everyone's books, posters and postcards, and she had a chat with everyone while doing so. I just got my US copy of Delirium signed, as I already have a signed copy of Before I Fall (thanks for that too, Lauren). Then it was back to more cake and ice-cold Sprite (yum!), while I talked Leni and Kate's ears off some more. A band called Minnie Birch played a set of music too, including their song about Delirium. SO COOL! We also got a Hodder goodie bag with Delirium posters and postcards, and free copies of Lauren's books. Let's just say my mum will soon be enjoying a signed copy of Before I Fall!
Thanks to Leni and Kate and, of course, Lauren herself. It was a brilliant night!
Here are some photos (taken by me and Sarah from Feeling Fictional - thanks Sarah!) and a video that Hodder put together. I'm the person talking right at the end, and yes, I was nervous. Public speaking isn't my thing AT ALL, but I had to do it, didn't I?!