I just got back to Dallas after attending the Austin Teen Book Festival. Today, I’m nursing a wicked cold, but I guess that’s not surprising after spending a full day around thousands of peeps in October. Still, as awful as I feel, I can’t help reliving the fun that was Saturday. Woot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first arrived to the Palmer Event Center, I was amazed at the sheer number of attendants (mostly teens) and the drool-worthy authors. Scott Westerfeld, our keynote speaker and author of the Uglies series (among others), kicked off the conference with a chat on book illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that, we got to choose from 3 of 5 panels to attend throughout the day. The panels consisted of authors answering questions the moderator asked. I attended the first panel, AlternaWorlds, and loved, loved it. That’s Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star, speaking in bubbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the first panel, it was time to get our grub on. Lunch was spent outside high school style with teens gathering in groups eating cheesy nachos and turkey sandwiches from the concession stands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a belly full of food, my write friends (Lindsay and Cherie) and I attended two more panels, Pen Fatale and Paranormal.

 

Following the final panel, and after much anticipation, I lugged my darling books to get autographed and meet the kick-arse authors of ATBF 2011. Among them, my hero, Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a blast at the Austin Teen Book Festival. If you couldn’t make it this year, make sure to hit this event in 2012. In the meantime, you can enter the Steal My Book Giveaway and reap the fruits of my labor!

 

Thanks for reading! If you guys need me, I’ll be sipping tea and eating chicken noodle soup. 🙁