Meeting a Hero

Monday, November 07, 2016

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Meeting a Hero

Elizabeth Gilbert has said that meeting your heroes can be a dangerous thing.

If you meet your idol in the flesh, you might realize they aren’t the person you imagined they would be. They are, in Elizabeth Gilbert’s words, a total douche.

This past weekend, I got the chance to meet one of my literary heroes, Lauren Oliver, at the annual book fair hosted in downtown Austin. And thankfully, she was exactly who I imagined her to be.

I got to sit in the front row during her panel where she answered questions, and spoke about her creative process and where her ideas came from. Then, I got to have my picture taken with her after she personalized a book signing for me. She takes the time with each reader to get to know them a little better so she can write something personal about them in her signing quote.

Lauren Oliver is a lovely, inspiring human, and I am so lucky I got the chance to meet her in person.

If you haven’t’ read her books, check them out here. You won’t be disappointed!

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