“Are you sure about this?”
“Yes, I am. Just tell me what to do.”
“I need you to be positive about this. It will be very uncomfortable for you.”
“I know. But I’ll complete this mission like my life depended on it.”
And so with one last nod, I handed over the Jenny Han books to my boyfriend so he can have them registered for the book signing, where only the first 500 people can meet and greet the authors.
Hahaha, okay, maybe our conversation wasn’t that dramatic. In fairness, he had to stand in line with a bunch of teenage girls so it was a tad uncomfortable for him. But still he did it; he had my books registered while I finished stuff at the office. As I made my way to Cinema One of SM City Cebu, I felt very lucky that chivalry wasn’t dead. It was alive, in the form of gallant boyfriends who are willing to help out their girlfriend’s bookish pursuits. 🙂
Meeting Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian was one of my month’s highlights. I haven’t gone to a book signing event in forever (I missed Kevin Kwan, remember??) so I was really ecstatic to meet them. The choice of venue made the event intimate and cozy; there were no random shoppers dropping by and throwing curious glances at the crowd of gathered readers so we were free to fangirl to our hearts’ content. 🙂
I really found Siobhan warm and funny. Her anecdotes about meeting Jenny and her writing journey were hilarious. I can just imagine a younger version of her, asking Jenny to hang out at the mall with her. Whilst they drove around in her mom’s car. 😀
She really gave insightful answers to the questions asked by the crowd, especially to the ones related to writing. She’s just this natural storyteller. Her energy just connects with people so easily and I loved it. Even Boyfriend, who dutifully accompanied me throughout the event, found Siobhan wonderful. I haven’t had the chance to read her books yet, but meeting her made me really excited to start on her new book, The Last Boy and Girl in the World. She also gave us some updates about her upcoming book, Stay Sweet which will be out 2018. I’m looking forward to it!
Jenny talked some about the upcoming movie adaptation of TATBILB and it really got me excited. I hope it’s as good as the book! 🙂 She mentioned that TATBILB was meant to be just a standalone at first (I really thought it was just a standalone), but somewhere along the way, it evolved into the trilogy we’ve all known to love.
So what did they love about Cebu?
Siobhan joked about getting a separate duffel bag just full of the stuff. 😀 They were also eager to try some of our famous lechon, and the crowd can’t seem to agree enough. (When in Cebu, one must have the lechon).
Needless to say, I’m ecstatic to have met them. It just cheers me up whenever authors visit Cebu because they always leave some advice for aspiring writers (like me!). It’s really inspiring to hear encouragement from authors that you truly love. Pursuing a career as an author is challenging, but these people are proof that it’s doable. With a little hard work (and a writing BFF!) maybe one day we can meet these authors as colleagues, you know? 😀
I walked out of that cinema with arms full of books and my heart full of inspiration. Special shoutout to my gallant boyfriend who went out of his way to have my books registered! 🙂 Without him, I wouldn’t have met Jenny and convinced her to do the K-Pop finger heart:
Were you at the booksigning? I hope you had a good time, too. Share your experience in the comments below! 🙂
Til the next post,
Krisha 🙂 x