Last night I attended my first ever 'Speed Dating' event - no, I'm not talking relationship dates, but rather meeting Australian Authors and Illustrators and listening to everything they had to say about their books and drawings. I really enjoyed it and had so may questions to ask, but there just wasn't enough time to ask them! We had 3 min with each, but what a worthwhile 3 minutes it was!
I definately need to get some photos taken next time!
During the second quizz near the end of the evening, I answered a question correctly (first to put their hand up) and won a book by the lovely Karen Foxlee titled "A Most Magical Girl" and I can't wait to get reading! I was privileged to get it autographed too :)
And ofcourse I had to purchase the latest book by Aleesah Darlison, "Secrets and Spells" - the first in a series called "Little Witch." Yes, I had it autographed by Aleesah (lovely lady!) Aleesah is also the owner of Greenleaf Press. (Check it out!)
I had a great chat with Karen Tyrell, author of "Stop the Bully" and "Song Bird", amongst others, Karen's on a roll! Good advice and a lovely soul.
Avril Sabine, once again amazed us with her wonderful costume (created by her very talented husband, Clint). It was a huge pair of mechanical wings, which could flap and was created for her book "Rosies Rangers 1 - Justice", and yes, I have an autographed copy of that too. I actually first met Avril at an author talk she did at the Maroochydore library a while back, presenting "Rosies Rangers 1" and I took some photos of the wonderful and amazing props she and Clint had on display, truly works of art! What an amazing lady - and so blessed to have such a supportive and multi-talented family :)
I met so many wonderfully talented authors and illustrators and I cannot wait to attend another 'Speed Dating' event. Truly the highlight of my week!
On a more personal note, I am surrounded by great talent and inspiration, and major competition.