Ava is the one who told me that Amanda Hocking was coming to Mysterious Galaxy. I secretly think she finds signings that she wants to go to and tells me about it so I'll put them on my events list. That way she doesn't have to keep track of anything because I'm doing it for her...
I got down to MG just before 6pm. I had purchased Wake already and wasn't planning on purchasing any of the other books. Then when I walked into the store and saw the other books sitting there, I had to look at them. And then I had to buy them.
Ava and her mom, Kim, got there right after I did. It was their first time to the store [they've been to MGRB several times]. We chatted. We gushed over books. And we waited for Amanda.
She got there around 6:40 or so. The guy from MG told her he didn't want to start early, that way it gave people more time to get to the store, but that once it started, she was free to do whatever she liked. It started promptly at 7 and Amanda said she would read the prologue of Wake and then take questions because she "didn't have a presentation".
A few minutes in, Ava started elbowing me, trying to subtlety hint that I should ask a question. I asked Ava if she wanted me to ask her question. Amanda saw this between us and I offered that we both have standard questions that we ask every author. And Ava asked her tea party question.
Amanda's 3 guests would be: The Joker because he'd be nuts. The Cheshire cat because it's a tea party and that's what you do. And Adrian from Vampire Academy because it would be a lively bunch. She said she wouldn't want Batman there because "he'd be all grrrrr".
At one point, Eric [her boyfriend? Husband? Assistant? Friend?] raised his hand to ask a question. She started laughing and asked what it was. He asked what she was having for supper. And then she remembered that I didn't ask my standard question, saying that she heard that we both had questions, but she was only asked one. So I asked which character of hers was her favorite to write and she said Daniel and Bobby.
After answering questions for about 40 minutes [mostly about her writing process and success with self-publishing], the signing started. I asked the MG worker [who's super nice, but I don't know his name] if he could take a picture of Amanda and me together since Ava Kim are both wary of the iPhone camera.
When I got up to Amanda, I thanked her for coming and she thanked me for coming out. We talked about the Doctor Who post-its that I had used in my copy of Wake and that prompted her to tell me that she hasn't watched the reboot of Doctor Who, just the older version and her favorite Doctor is Tom Baker. She also told me that when she was in London, she went to the BBC and saw the original Tardis, so I'm a little jealous of that. Even though I did stand on/in David's Tardis set...
All in all, it was entertaining and quite informative. I look forward to reading the books that I got today.