It’s no secret that Vienna, my hometown here in Austria, isn’t the go-to place for all international authors. In fact, it happens so rarely that they stop by and it is communicated so poorly, that I am shocked (with positive surprise, of course) whenever I find out about a signing here. Admittedly, most of the time it’s not even me who finds out about it, but another person who sees the tiny add in the paper or some random post on Facebook that announces it. Either way, I am going on a tangent here, this is a topic for a whole other kind of post. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to meet Nicholas Sparks for a couple of seconds!
He is like the King of Romance and I own about 11 of his books and intend to read everything that is becoming a movie as well. I think since all of them get optioned for the big screen before he has even finished writing the story, it’s a safe bet to assume that there will be many in the future. Speaking of movies, this is also the reason why the encounter was very short. The Choice (which I talked about here) is being released in movie theaters next week and he came to visit for the premiere, which was also yesterday. He had a tight schedule and the amount of people that came to see him was crazy. The queue went through half the shop, the rest of the building and even continued outside, even though it was raining. He signed like a champ, but didn’t have time for questions or dedications in the books. That was a real pity, but he still seemed nice. I mean, he signed 3 of my books, so that was totally awesome!
So, after Cecelia Ahern (read the post here), he was the second author I got to meet in person, even if it was only for a really short time. If I could choose who to meet next (and spend more than a brief “hi, how are you?” with), I’d definitely go for Cassandra Clare, Tahereh Mafi, Pierce Brown, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Stephanie Perkins or Erin Morgenstern. Not many people at all, huh? Who would you like to meet if you got the chance?