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Meeting Lauren Oliver

Late Friday night I received an invitation to the Lauren Oliver book signing event to be held the following Sunday. Since not many YA authors make it to our shores, I thought it would be fun to attend. So, I bought a copy of Delirium, which I've been wanting to read for the longest time and prepared to meet Lauren Oliver.

Come Sunday, I journeyed to Makati, had lunch at Heaven and Eggs, watched The Hunger Games (the awesomeness of which will be discussed in another post), and made my way to Powerbooks in Greenbelt. I got there just in time to catch a snippet of the interview and eagerly stood in line to have my book signed.

As I was chatting with fellow event attendees, I thought I had my introduction perfected. I imagined myself confidently going up to the table with my speech. I would introduce myself as a fellow author whose debut novel would be released in May. Oh, if only the plans in my head actually manifest in real life.


The moment I stood in front of Lauren Oliver and she looked up at me with those gray-green eyes my brain short-circuited. My introduction turned to gibberish. And I was reduced to a blubbering puddle of admiration. I turned from author to fangirl in the second it took for Lauren Oliver to smile at me. How useless was I?

Anyway, I managed to exchange a couple of less than "stalkery" conversation, got her signature, and took a photo with her. All in all, I wasn't escorted out of the premises by security. I consider it a success.

Note to self:

1. Must gain more self-confidence.
2. Become more comfortable in front of other people.
3. Try not to talk too much when nervous.  

16 comments:

  1. Kate!! You were there?? I didn't meet you. :( Awww! But I'm glad you got to go. Lauren's a really nice and fun person. ^_^

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    1. Precious, you were there too? Gosh, I wish we could have met! Well, I guess we'll have to wait until my book launch for Taste. You're definitely invited. :-)

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  2. Eeeeeee, you're so lucky! I would love to meet her! Only, I would want her to sign a copy of "Liesl and Po," hehe.

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    1. Oh, I haven't read that one yet. Must put it on my list.

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  3. OH my!!! I should've been there!!! It sucks that I didn't make it yesterday afternoon :( I was meaning to go but something came up in the last minnute! Grrrr... I should have met Lauren and you! huhuhu....

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    1. But please come during my book launch for Taste. I would love to meet you there. :-)

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    2. I'll be there! I would love to meet you, too. I'm getting more excited! Yay =)

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  4. How exciting! And I would've acted exactly the same :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  5. Omigosh. I can't believe I didn't recognize you. :D I sat at your left side in The Hunger Games movie in Glorietta 4 cinema 2- TheUnseelieNerd

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    1. WHAT! Really? I'm so sorry I kicked you.

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  6. Yes, that was me LOL :D I was thinking if I could say "Hi" after the movie, I don't want to freak you out.

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    1. *laughs* Nah, I would have loved meeting you. I'll definitely see you at the launch for Taste, okay?

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  7. So jealous lol, I would have been just as nervous!!

    your newest follower,

    Kristin

    youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com

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  8. your also there? yay! i remember you, i didn't know that you are KATE EVANGELISTA..

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