Friday, June 5, 2009

My First Time

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Jersey girl and the ultra amazing author of the best selling Jessica Darling series, Megan McCafferty
Megan was the first author who inspired me to write novels. After I devoured and loved every page of SLOPPY FIRSTS three years ago, I emailed her and she shot a personal email back filled with tons of advice. We've kept in contact since then and I continue to feel inspired every time I pick up one of her books. Megan's writing is fearless, honest, and unique and she consistently challenges herself as an author. 

When I walked into Barnes and Nobles last night, my expectations were high since this paragraph from Megan's second novel, SECOND HELPINGS, caused me to laugh out loud for the first time while reading...

"I imagine Manda trying on her Prom Queen tiara when she's thirty, Sara wanting to relive the days when her brainless scoop was a commodity, and Scotty, thick with frat fat, unable to run to the closest keg without getting winded, crying along with "Glory Days" on the radio because what Springsteen is singing is so true, so true." (page 340)

Megan exceeded all expectations. Not only was she as hilarious in person as she is on the pages, she was also super nice. Thanks, Megan for your advice, guidance, and for my new mantra - Keep writing because you HAVE to.  
Who inspires you? Or who makes you laugh out loud?

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! 
(Note about the pictures - In my hair's defense - it was a very humid and rainy night. :))


adrienne said...

That paragraph was hilarious.
And by the way, that is not a bad hair day...

PJ Hoover said...

So glad you had a blast! Writers who inspire me are those that really go out of their way to be approachable. And the ones who keep a positive attitude!

Dru said...

Don't you just love going to book signings and seeing your favorite authors? I'm glad you had a good time.

If you do a book signing in NYC, I will be there.

Kelly said...

How wonderful you got to meet her in person! I love the way writers support one another.
That is a funny paragraph!
My children inspire me the most. Trite but true.

Alyson Noel said...

That's so cool that you got to meet her!!

Lots of authors inspire me--David Sedaris makes me laugh out loud!!

Big Plain V said...

That was an awesome excerpt. It makes me wish I was funny.

Kelly H-Y said...

I would have flipped ... love Megan's writing!!!! I'm so excited that you got to meet her ... and, great picture by the way ... your hair looks lovely!

Angela said...

Wow! So much fun!

I'm inspired by so many people - my daughters, the kids I work with, and many others.

I think of all the people I know, my Mom inspires me the most.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Aww--you two look so cute! I keep meaning to read this series, but the library never seems to have the first one. And, of course, I *must* read them in order. I guess I need to put it on reserve.

(This was the first time you've ever laughed out loud while reading??? Wow, you haven't lived! :) )

Keri Mikulski said...

Ah, thanks, Adrienne. :) My hair was doing crazy things that day.

Thanks, PJ! Me too... Even when they get HUGE. :) Yes, I admire just about anyone who maintains a positive attitude. :)

Yes, Dru! Awe, thanks.. I'd love to do one in NYC!! :) Maybe one day.

Hi, Kelly!! It's really a wonderfully supportive bunch. :) Me too.. :)

Thanks, Alyson!! I agree. NAKED is hilarious!! ;)

LOL, Big Plain V! Believe me, you're funny. :)

Thanks, Kelly!!

Hi, Angela!! I second that!

I know, Alyssa.. :) It's very, very, very hard to make me laugh while reading.. In person and on television/movies, it's easy, but something about books, I rarely laugh out loud. :) I'll chuckle or giggle, but never break into hysterics except with a select few. Something about that paragraph.. :)

Casey said...

It's hard to make me laugh out loud, too! How fabulous she was so nice and got you on your novel feet. The writing community is so amazing!