Monday, January 24, 2011

"What I Really Meant To Say"

I just returned from a book signing at Barnes and Noble for my favorite author, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP).  I've never been to a book signing before and didn't really know what to expect, but I have read every book she has ever written (in fact, I own every book she has ever written!), so despite not feeling the best in the world (stupid cold), I wasn't going to miss the chance to meet her in person.  Worried that I wouldn't be able to hear her (stupid cold), I got there early and got a seat in the first row. 

She was delightful, funny, unpretentious, and genuinely likeable....just like her books!  What a nice person she seems.  It makes me wish I had her for a friend -- a real friend, not just the Facebook kind!  She talked about her books and her style of writing, she talked about how some of her books have come to be.  She did a SEP trivia contest and gave out some very small prizes.  She read an excerpt from her latest book "Call Me Irresistable". 

She asked about us too!   There were actually 5 published authors in the audience, plus several writers who were not yet published.  She was so encouraging of all of them. 

Because I was sitting in the first row, I got to be the first one in the signing line!
Now as you might expect, I'm not normally tongue tied, in fact, usually I'm the one nobody can shut up!  Tonight, though, I could hardly get my name out.  I didn't want to say something sappy and stupid, which I'm sure she hears a lot of, but all I ended up saying was that I was enormously fond of everthing she has ever written!  How lame is that???  I was so fearful of gushing, that I ended up sounding like I was just barely aware of who she was!!   Arrgh!  How embarrasing!

So I practically ran to her page on Facebook when I got home.  Then I  just went ahead and was sappy and stupid and gushing....I told her she is my all time favorite author and that it was my great pleasure to attend tonight.  I told her she was just as funny and entertaining in person as she is on paper.  I thanked her for not only sharing her gift with us but for taking the time to visit with her fans!  And I gave her my best wishes on the rest of her tour.  She may or may not ever read it on FB, but I sure hope she does!  I really wanted to tell her those things when I was standing right there in front of her.  Truly, that was "What I Really Meant to Say", but my brain went numb.  I'm going to blame it on this Stupid Cold!! 

By the way, if you're looking for someone new to read and you like "women's fiction" I heartily recommend Susan Elizabeth Phillips!  This is her newest book, I just bought it this evening so I haven't read it yet, but I've never been disappointed in one of her books!


  1. I'll admit, I get star struck too! How fun--I've only been to one book signing, and it was definitely a memorable experience.

  2. She is one of my fav authors! I didn't realize she had a new one out!

  3. I don't think I'm familiar with her books. Sounds like she made the book signing a lot of fun. My tiny town has kind of an unusual situation. We have a tiny bookstore that has kind of become famous, because it's owner somehow gets book signings by the best authors, before they become well known. The authors are so greatful that they keep returning when they publish a new book. I have been to a lot of book signings (some were very famous people - Laura Bush, George Hamilton, and others. I'm always amazed at how generous and out-going famous authors are at the signings. Glad you enjoyed your first experience at a book signing. laurie

  4. Jenni and I went to a book signing with Anne Rice back when the Vampire Chronicles were a big thing. It was great fun! Glad you had a good time - I'm sure she'll read your FB message.


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