Yesterday I went to my first author event. It was held in New York City, at the 92Y, on 92 Street and Lexington.

I am a huge book fan, but I live in an area that few authors ever visit on their tours. However, NYC is not all that far away, so sometimes I can make it to an event there. I’ve never been to any sort of book event before, beyond local book fairs, so I was a big ball of excitement leading up to Saturday. You’re probably wondering who it was that I met, right?

I saw Brandon Sanderson, James Dashner, and Christopher Paolini. Mr. Sanderson was on tour for his new YA book Steelheart (Which I have already read and loved. Stay tuned for a review), Mr. Dashner was touring for the first book in his newest series, The Eye of Minds, and Mr. Paolini was on tour to promote the release of the 10th anniversary edition of his first book, Eragon.

It was incredible to meet these authors, people I’ve admired for such a long time. I love their work and it was surreal to meet them in real life.

So, anyway, onto the actual event.

I hadn’t bought a VIP ticket, so all of the other people who bought regular tickets, like me, waited in line to be seated. After that, we met all the authors. The moderator, Alex Zalben, was great. He asked good questions that led to good discussions, and he let them talk for a while about each one. It was nice to hear complete answers from all three of them, and not feel rushed at all.

James Dashner was hilarious. He made lots of jokes and seemed very comfortable in front of a crowd. He was very cool, and I liked his goatee. He also dropped a few hints about the movie, Maze Runner (which is set to be released September 19, 2014). I am super excited to see that because I loved the book.

Brandon Sanderson and Christopher Paolini were both very informative. Their explanations and answers to the questions were thoughtful and helpful.

My favorite part of the whole event (besides actually meeting them face-to-face) was when they did their readings. To make things interesting, they switched books with each other. So, Mr. Sanderson read Eragon (the scene where Eragon blesses the child Elva), Mr.Dashner read the prologue to Steelheart, and Mr. Paolini read the first few pages of The Eye of Minds. It was fun and interesting hearing them read one another’s work. Of course, Brandon Sanderson had to read some of the ancient language found in Eragon. For all of you who haven’t read the book, it is very difficult to pronounce, so Mr. Paolini helped him a bit. But it was nice to see that even authors make up their own pronunciations for words they don’t understand in fantasy books.

NYC Author Signing 1

On the left is Brandon Sanderson, in the middle is Christopher Paolini, and hiding in the back is James Dashner.

After that, we moved into an adjacent room where our books were signed. Sadly, I don’t own a copy of The Maze Runner, which I really enjoyed, so I could not get James Dashner’s signature. But I did wait in line for Christopher Paolini and Brandon Sanderson. I got my personal copy of Eragon signed, as well as my favorite Sanderson novel, The Way of Kings. I was a complete idiot, and I really didn’t say anything. I was so overwhelmed.

Afterwards, I went to the top of the Empire State Building. It was stunning. The trek up there was not fun at all, with two separate elevator rides and several rooms with twisting queues, which were all empty because it was seven o’clock at night. But we still had to walk through most of them.

Once you got to the top, though, it was beautiful. I took so many pictures. I wanted to stay up there all night, but it was freezing, so I couldn’t. It was so romantic and I saw so many couples. Everyone talked softly and I had the opportunity to truely appreciate the beauty of the city skyline.

NYC Skyline

What a way to end the night

All in all, it was a fantastic day. I met some authors that I really admire and who really inspire me to continue my writing.