As you can see from the tattoo on the left, I headed off to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon yesterday. She was visiting a Barnes and Noble in Dallas, about 35 minutes from the house. I didn't know about Kenyon's appearance until Donna from Fantasy Dreamer asked if anyone was going.
I truly enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon's works, I think when I first started reading them they were fresh and original and an entirely different take on the typical vampire mythos. The stories also embraced Greek mythology for which I have a deep fondness. Ultimately, however, the true selling point was the fact that my husband recommended them to me. He's a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. He gave me Fantasy Lover to read and we've read every book since. So I packed up my copy of Night Play and my daughter and off we went. Donna and I were going to hook up at the B&N.
My daughter is one of my biggest fans, but I rarely take her to events like this because I don't want her to distract me from the meet and greet, the conversations and of course, the person speaking. As a parent, one part of your mind is always deeply focused on your child when they are there. She was excited about going, however, so she packed up some books, markers, a notebook and her DS as well as an iPod so she would have plenty of entertainment. Donna beat me to the B&N by about ten to fifteen minutes and got tickets for the autograph line (116 was my number) and I arrived just at 4 p.m. The kiddo settled into the kids area, and Donna and I settled into the guest area for the presentation. It was more than a bit hot especially as the bodies kept packing in.
The diverse crowd featured young and old, male and female, business and casual. In the little corner where we were sitting, teens behind us debated everything from what would happen next in Ascheron's world to how much more could Stephanie Meyer torture Jacob. Shortly after 5 p.m. Ms. Kenyon arrived, the fun was just beginning.
With such a huge crowd, the question and answer section was bound to be short. I did get to throw a question in, because I was curious: how long does it take Kenyon to write a book? Kenyon answered:
"It varies from book to book. Fantasy Lover took three weeks, but some books take six months. I try to say sure I can do a book in six weeks, but that doesn't always happen."
What about Simi, will she meet her true love? Kenyon teases:
"She already has. In Dream Hunter in fact, but I can't tell you who it is or you wouldn't read the books."
Will Acheron let this would be lover survive? Kenyon remains coy:
What about Acheron, will he (and Tori) have any babies? Kenyon laughs:
"Well with a little help."
Where does Kenyon get her character names?
"They have them when I meet them. It's like they walk up and introduce themselves, full formed, names included."
Will the series ever end?
"Ummm .... no?"
Loud enthusiastic cheers meet this announcement.
Delightful and Fun
I found Ms. Kenyon to be fun, down to earth and positively delightful. I enjoyed listening to her answer questions and describing her own background as the daughter of a drill sergeant and grand daughter of an evangelical priest in the South -- in other words she doesn't need a microphone to get her point across. She has seven (or eight) brothers and three sons, so there's lots of testosterone in her life.
When I went up to get my copies of Bad Moon Rising autographed as well as Night Play, I told her of my husband's affection for her work. She laughed and told me that one brother read her work and said it didn't suck. Gotta love family.
It was a fun foray to North Dallas to see and hear Ms. Kenyon (not to mention picking up the latest Dark Hunter novel that I didn't even realize was out!) Thank you Donna for giving me the nudge on Twitter!
I got one copy of Bad Moon Rising signed for my husband, but I picked up a bonus copy for you fun readers! That's right, I have an autographed copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark Hunter novel: Bad Moon Rising. If you're interested in winning this little gem all for yourself, leave a comment here and tell me a little about your favorite author experience or Dark Hunter experience.
I can't wait to hear it.
I'll post the winner on Sunday! So what are you waiting for? Tell me all about it.