|VCL Photography. Kendare Blake|
Yup. I don't have a new book out, so I wasn't on stage (except to introduce an awesome author--more on that later). But that meant I had more time to drink in the considerable authorial awesomeness all around me.
DBF weekend started for me on Friday when I escorted author Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares) to her school visits at Renfroe Middle and Decatur High.
I just gotta say that I loved Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. It should be noted that I am not--and never have been--a fan of horror stories. But I kept hearing such good buzz about this book, I became curious. I devoured Anna and was grateful to have had the sequel (Girl) in my hot little hands because I had to know how the story continued/ended.
Anyone who can make a murderous, rampaging ghost-girl dressed in blood sympathetic is one masterful writer. Kendare killed at both school visits and at her DBF presentation. I was glad to see that her signing line was huge.
|VCL photo. David Levithan, Jackson Pearce, Margie Stohl|
|VCL photo. Rebecca Stead (L), Kendare Blake, moi, David Levithan's arm.|
Before dinner, I'd chatted with Neal Shusterman, author of UnWholly, the Everlost trilogy and many other excellent books. He'd also given a great presentation earlier that day. Just gotta say, dude is brilliant.
|VCL. Vania Stoyanova, Dan Krokos, Barry Lyga.|
|Blogger breakfast with (front) Neal Shusterman and Kendare Blake.|
I also saw lots of writer friends such as Elizabeth Dulemba, Annette Laing, Shelli Johannes Wells, Laurel Snyder, Terra Elan McVoy (the woman behind all the great speakers) and others.
About 70,000 people came out to the festival. Every year, I think the festival can't possibly get better and every year it does. An amazing weekend.