Yes I realize that 3 months after it’s probably way to late to write this post, especially because I don’t even remember all about it anymore. However I did want to write it, so here we go.
Just like the last 2 years I went to this yearly Young adult event called YALFest. The authors they invited this year were Sarah Crossan, Tomi Adeyemi, Sara Holland, Taran Matharu, Kass Morgan (who I’ve met before) and Laura Steven.
It all started with an interview at the mainstage. It was fun and I enjoyed it, but it did miss someone like Lesley. However the interviewer becomes a little better at it every year, so that was nice to see.
A big hall was filled with many many stands, but besides a signed card from Lesley Livingston I didn’t buy anything. I loved how there were so many different brands, but there were a little too many stands with Candles and bookmarks. Those things are fun to see and buy, but maybe a little different things would be cool as well. Something more surprising.
There were 6, I believe, different masterclasses you could sign up for. The one we actually wanted was already fully booked so we decided to sign up for the one where they give you tips for writing a thriller. Not that I’m thinking about writing a thriller, but they were good tips and I’ve learned a lot.
Before the masterclass and after that I was in line for the authors for a very long time. At least 3 of them asked how I got my hair this bright, which was very fun. It made the meeting less awkward. Sarah’s daughter was also handing out sticky notes with her autograph, so I stuck that in my book. Laura asked if I could please take a picture with her, post it and tag her so she could remember my hair, Taran signed a sticky note for me because I had to buy his next book and stick it in there and Kass just got really excited when she saw we had met before.
They were all such nice people and eventhough we didn’t win anything at the end with the bingo I had the best time and I hope there will be another edition next year.