Super quick post today because I have lots to do and am still feeling a bit drained after my AP exam, but today is the first post in my series of YallWest wrap ups! Because I have so much to report, this series is going to be about 3 or 4 posts long. First up is Fierce Friday! Fierce Friday is an awesome event run in conjunction with the Santa Monica Public Library, at that venue. It’s sponsored by Fierce Reads and associated with YallWest but not actually run BY YallWest if I understand correctly. If you’re able to, I highly recommend attending the event because there are less people and therefore shorter lines for authors whose lines might be extremely long during the actual festival. But enough rambling. Let’s dive into the actual recap!
I actually came a little bit later to the event, around 6:15 pm, because I was helping set up for YallWest the next day. Back at Santa Monica High School, I helped move tables and boxes of sponsor’s books as well as watched some author shenanigans. I don’t know what exactly was happening over at Fierce Friday but my mom told me there was some kind of trivia or something.
Anyway, when we got into the event I first fell in line with my mom for Victoria Aveyard’s signing. This is actually the third time this year that I’ve met her, and she actually still remembers me! Given the sheer volume of fans and people she meets, it felt really nice to be remembered and recognized. She signed my copy of Glass Sword as well as Cruel Crown, and off I went to play some trivia and get my photo taken at the photo booth. You can see the Heartless tumbler and ARC (I Believe In a Thing Called Love) that I won from the trivia in the picture, as well as the tote from Fierce Reads. I was extremely excited to get all these items, and the tote was really cool because I got to do some special stuff with it (results to be revealed later.)
At 7 pm I went to meet Roshani Chokshi and have my books signed to her. Guys, she is literally one of the sweetest people on Earth and I just can’t. I fangirled so much when I met because I just love her books so much!!! She was so incredibly warm and she somehow knows me from either Instagram or Twitter and she gave me a hug and gah I just couldn’t stop smiling!!! If you ever have the chance to meet Rosh, do it. You won’t regret it!
Last but not least, I got to meet the fabulous Nicola Yoon! I don’t even know how late she had to stay there because her line was still really long, but she was still really gracious and had a smile for everyone. It was totally worth the wait to get to meet her. Oh and in case you’re wondering my weird hand gesture is me explaining how much I enjoyed her books, especially The Sun Is Also a Star!
All in all, Fierce Friday is an incredibly fun event and highly recommend you attend next year! It’s a less stressful way to meet some of your favorite authors, and it also can help free up part of your YallWest schedule! See you next week for another YallWest recap!