Yep folks! I went to Gayle Forman's book signing event yesterday (January 18.) :) Ohmigosh! It was my first book signing event so I was really really excited. By the time I arrived (~10 AM), the line was already long. I was 148th. Haha! While waiting I read Through the Ever Night. :)
The event started at around 4:15 PM. The fans went crazy when Gayle Forman showed up. And she was full of energy too. Haha! I love her craziness! :) In her interview, she talked about her inspirations in writing her books which include her time being an exchange student in London, her "falling in love" with a Dutch guy (Haha!), her husband Nick (Gayle said that in the draft of If I Stay Adam was first named Nick.. Haha!), their travels together, which inspired Just One Day and Just One Year, and her kids... :)
She also said that the idea of If I Stay just "came" to her. And upon getting that "idea" she just sat down, and typed her story down. (The draft's file name was Why Not. Haha!) She then shared a few tips to the aspiring writers. I just can't remember them. Hihi! I'm sorry. The only tip I remembered is to read and read, even if the material is bad, because those books/ materials will inspire you and teach you what you want and don't want to write about. :)
And of course, she talked about the If I Stay movie showing this August 22, 2014! Weeeeh! :) She will also have another book in 2015, I Was Here. :)
Here are some pictures from the event:
I was actually five rows from the platform. But I was lucky to have a seat. :)
We were all cheering so she cheered with us. Haha!
The interview proper
Excuse my giddy-haggard face! I waited 9 hours for this! Haha!
She stamped Double Happiness! I think I'll have a good 2014! :) National Book Store also gave a bookmark! Weeeeh! :)
That's all. Haha! Thank you National Book Store for bringing Gayle Forman here in the Philippines. I had a very nice time! And I am so looking forward to the other book signing events this year. :)