Guess what I did this weekend? You’ll never in a million years guess. Probably because it’s not something any sane person would do. I took a plane to Long Beach, got a room at the Westin and attended the Passion and Prose conference.
I told you it’s not something any sane person would do. But luckily it’s something ladies just like me would do. Because the Passion and Prose conference was a gathering of romance readers and the writers who love them. It was the perfect thing for this wannabe writer.
Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of this event. That’s because I was completely overwhelmed at the gathering of so many fabulous ladies. But honestly, I really was there. Here’s a picture of the back of my head. I’m having a great conversation with the up and coming Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder. Of of the many new books I brought home, Cinder is the one I’m most looking forward to. Who doesn’t love a good retelling of Cinderella?
Conversations with great writers was pretty much what the day was about. In addition to walking around and mingling I got to sit at a table and chat with the very charming Tessa Dare and the warm and generous Judy Duarte. There were also some amazing keynote speeches given by M.G. Lord, Gail Carringer, and best of all, Meg Cabot.
M.G. Lord was the event MC and also gave the opening keynote during which she revealed that her name is Mary Grace. M.G. Lord is actually not a romance writer but rather a well respected journalist and also an instructor at U.S.C. I had a wonderful conversation with her about being a paralegal, the Mattel v. Bratz case and copyright issues when she signed my copy of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll.
Gail Carriger gave the second keynote. Thanks to my new discovery of this best selling author, who was a hoot and a half, I will be reading the first of The Parasole Protectorate series, Souless. As I told Gail during our lovely conversation, I’m looking forward to reading about non-sparkIy vampires.
Meg Cabot was, of course, the main reason why I and probably 90% of all the other ladies came to this event. However, unlike the other intelligent ladies, being in the presence of Meg Cabot took away my power of speech. This probably has something to do with the fact that I am a huge Meg Cabot fan-girl. In addition to my current project of methodically reading every one of her books, I follow her Twitter feed and blog religiously and at times fake myself into believing that she is my imaginary BFF. Clearly I am crazy.
However, when I put my copy of The Princess Diaries in front of Meg Cabot to sign I tried to forget about all that. Instead I said hello and introduced myself and even reached over to shake her hand. Then as I began to recite the speech I’d prepared in my head (i.e.: “I love your work. Thank you so much for sharing your words with the world.”) my voice began to crack and tears welled up in my eyes. I was crying in front of Meg Cabot!
Luckily she smiled at me very kindly and pretended like there was nothing wrong with having a 40-something woman cry in front of her. I returned the favor by shutting my trap and getting the hell away from her as soon as possible.
A half hour later I sat quietly composed and listened to her amazing keynote during which she talked about, among other things, attending the Princess Diaries movie premier where she met Anne Hathaway who also cried in front of Meg Cabot. So see? I have something in common with Anne Hathaway.
Now that I think about it, extreme sensitivity is a sign of royalty. Remember the story of The Princess and the Pea? That princess was so sensitive that a tiny pea hidden under 20 mattresses and 20 feature beds made her toss and turn all night. Hmmm. Maybe the reason why I cried in front of Meg Cabot is not because I’m crazy but because I too am a true princess.