Monday, November 1, 2010

Rachel Caine

In my Smart Chicks Kick It post I mentioned I was introduced to Rachel Caine's books at the event. When I posted it I was about to start reading the first book in her Morganville Vampire series, Glass Houses. About half way through that book I knew I was a goner, I was totally hooked. Fast forward to me last week almost dying with anticipation for book number nine in the series, Ghost Town, to come out. I realized I was now a Morganville addict. I'm not sure if it's because I write or just because I love to read so much and the characters start to matter to me (even if they are fictional), but as I read (especially a series) I start asking myself questions, lots of questions. Anytime I love a book I always email the author and let them know. I usually ask any lingering questions, or things I'm dying to know or discuss. Well after reading number eight and waiting for book number nine I composed an email to Rachel. It was so long and filled with so many questions and paragraphs telling her what I loved that I was embarrassed to send it. So I divided it into three different emails and sent the other two parts from two of my friends' email addresses. I knew she wouldn't be able to get back to me for a long time because she's insanely busy, but I sent them anyway.
After sending the emails, I found out she was coming to The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles, which is within driving distance of my house. I decided to go see her there and ask her my questions in person. I compiled the three emails into a word document and printed them up. I figured I could split the questions up between me and the two friends (Mel and Kamilla) who were going with me. A perfect plan right? Ha! It should have been.
We got stuck in traffic, not just the normal L.A. rush hour traffic, but the accident-on-the-freeway-during-rush-hour-in-L.A. traffic. So instead of taking two to two and a half hours it took over three hours to get to the bookstore. After a while delirium set in and we made jokes that were hilarious to us in the moment but looking back were really lame. We would have been even later but Kamilla, who lives in L.A., called and told us about the accident and gave us an alternate route. Thank you!! By the time we got there both Mel (who was driving) and I had to pee and poor Mel's leg was twitching from pressing on the brake for so long. So we got to the signing a few minutes late and I rushed off to use the restroom. Finally I sat down and put my questions under my chair. It was weird coming in late. I wasn't sure what questions had already been asked and I didn't want to make her repeat herself, so I picked my most random question and asked it. I had lots more but I decided to wait until I felt more comfortable before I asked anymore. And when Rachel asked if anyone else any other questions I held my tongue, gathering my courage to ask more. Melonie had other thoughts. She didn't want to ask the questions I had for her so she ratted me out. The Brutus! She pointed to me and said, "She does. She has a two page typed list of questions for you." My mouth dropped at her betrayal. I wasn't ashamed of my list but I was aware that it made me look more than a little obsessed.
Words can't explain that moment as every eye at the signing turned toward me. My cheeks burned, my eyes widened, my lips parted to stutter a denial and then I laughed because that's what I do when I'm nervous. I took a deep breath and dug it out from under my chair. Everything felt like it was in slow motion and the room tilted a bit like a carnival ride. It was like a high school flashback dream where everyone is looking at you and laughing, which is what they were doing (in a very kind hearted way, not mean or judging). I think Rachel was taken-aback and she asked me to show her the list. I was slightly nervous that she'd think I was crazy and my questions stupid but at the same time excited that they might be answered. She was surprised to see that I did indeed have a two page typed list of questions. She answered a lot of them and even complimented me on several of them. I was relieved when other people in the audience seemed to like them, and said they had been wondering some of the same things. :) It was fantastic. I got answers to most of my questions and some tantalizing hints about future books from others. At the end of the signing she even autographed my list.
Well, if nothing else she would know my love for her books was real, and that I did read and love them all. As she was signing them though, I realized I had to confess about the emails she would be receiving from three different accounts because it would be obvious they were from me. She laughed and said she had great fans. The bookstore made a copy of my questions and gave Rachel a copy as well. She has since let me know she'll answer all of my questions on her blog someday. :) Woo-Hoo! I left the signing giddy and happy I had gone. At any rate, Rachel can't doubt my enthusiasm about her books. :)

7 comments:

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

Wow! Sounds like you all had a great time and I'm so glad you were able to make it in time to ask a few questions and for the signing portion. She sounds like a very nice person. I have the first two books in the series, but haven't gotten to them yet. Your enthusiasm makes me want to stop writing and pick them up, though! :-)

thebookfairyhaven said...

*grins* I loved this post :-) But don't you worry - if I'm at one of your book signings, I'll probably be the one with the 2 sheets of typed questions :-)

Maddy said...

her books are addictive!!! I just finished Glass Houses (Lani's signed copy) and kindled the next book two days later! They are a great read!
I think it should be pointed out that both Melonie and i refused to ask your questions for you!

Aviles Family said...

I love this! Now you have me curious about yet ANOTHER series! Goodness, I don't think I can keep up with you! Lol.
Just think about how you would feel if a fan came to you with all those questions about YOUR book, you would probably love it! So fun! I wish I lived in your world sometimes. :)

Chelle said...

Hah I love this! I can practically heaar Melonie ratting you out! Don't you think the author was complimented? Just think how you'd feel! Mentioning traffic makes me glad I didn't go. 3hours in the car would be horrible with a hungry angry baby!!

Sera Phyn said...

LOL! You are the best fan ever. You know that, right? You're the fan every author WISHES they had.

Jade said...

Sounds like you had fun. Now I'm interested in this series....