Finally back from London and with a heavy heart, saying goodbye to the Romance Author and Reader Event 2018. This was the first time I attended a book event like this one, and all I can say is… it was a blast!
When I arrived an hour earlier, there were already about a thousand people waiting in line despite 0°C and icy wind, but even the weather couldn’t crush our spirits, and I found myself chatting with people who came from France, Greek, and even Canada. I arrived with the plane to UK and didn’t have anything with me except my business cards and my mobile phone, so it was crazy to see so many people with bags and suitcases full of paperbacks and other stuff.
I loved chatting with Alexa Riley, she’s super sweet. Also Aleatha Romig was quite chatty and fun to talk with. Cat Porter was a little shy, I guess, and didn’t talk much, but I love her books nonetheless. My personal highlight was definitely talking to Karen Lynch. I read her YA/PNR series “Relentless” I think 7 or 8 years ago (back in stone age when I still had the first kindle Amazon ever launched, the one with the click wheel and the tiny light on top) and I loved her work ever since. I was super thrilled when she got the New York Times bestseller for it last year – she definitely deserved it! We chatted a lot, and she couldn’t believe it when I told her that she was my main inspiration for becoming an author. Of course, when she asked about my name and how my books were called, I started stuttering like crazy because why would an amazing, international bestselling author like her know my name, least of all my books?
Unfortunately, I was too slow to get a picture with Colleen Hoover and EL James, but I managed to take one with Jodi Ellen Malpas (after waiting one and a half hour in line!). I absolutely adore her – she doesn’t only write great stories but is also super nice and super pretty :D
As always the star of the event was Stuart Reardon - so glad I could take a picture with him, he's an absolute charmer!
After five hours of running like crazy through the entire book event, I was totally exhausted, but it was so worth it! Definitely worth considering to visit RARE in Berlin or Rome next time 😊