I seem to have a knack of starting new series on my blog and never going through with them- but I have a feeling that this series will be different! Another bad habit I have is going to awesome bookish events and never posting about it because I want to share every detail but then I get overwhelmed and push it off and then so much time has passed it seems pointless to even attempt. Well now that’s changing! From now on I will randomly share some of my favorite memories from these events in this new series, That Time When I…
Hope you enjoy!
That time when I met James Dashner:
For those of you who don’t know, James Dashner is the author of The Maze Runner and The Eye of Minds series. My sister is a huge fan of his Maze Runner books so when she discovered that he was going to be at BEA and BookCon (May 2015) she made it a priority to see him. I am embarrassed to say that at that time I hadn’t read his book but I did see the first movie, but I wasn’t going to miss out on meeting this NYT bestselling author because of that small detail.
We were second in line and by the time I came back from making my rounds for free books and ARCs James has already arrived. My sister excitedly told me about how he had talked to some of the fans in line before making his way to the booth and she was able to ask about The Scorch Trials movie and snap a photo with him. I was excited to meet him myself and didn’t have to wait that long. When the signing began we each walked up to him individually and he was super sweet. He noticed that we were related and called our dad “awesome” for coming along with us (we have video proof)!
After the signing we got in line for other authors and while waiting I got a text from my dad saying that James was nearby us. After spotting him we immediately asked someone to save our spots and literally ran up to him. The best part of this moment? HE REMEMBERED OUR NAMES! Okay so he might’ve needed some help remembering my sister’s name but he still remembered on his own so that counts! We talked to him for awhile, asking him questions about his experiences as an author and he even took more pictures with us. I didn’t know what to expect from him but he honestly surprised me- he was so nice and funny and really relatable. I don’t really know how to describe it, but just trust me when I say that he is awesome. We saw him one more time during our trip and he was just as awesome as the other times.
Moral of the story: James Dashner is a wonderful human being and if you have the chance to meet him go for it! It’ll be worth it(:
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Have you ever met James Dashner or an author that you think is as equally as awesome as James Dashner? Let me know below in the comments! I’d love to hear your stories <3