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Meeting a famous person

Meeting a famous person 20th July 2012

Today I went to The Old Swan in Harrrogate to hear John Connolly give a talk about his latest book and other things. and wow, just wow. I was 4 rows back and just sat in awe. I think I’m in love. I thank Darren for introducing me to Mr Connolly’s books because they are amazing. I’m a bit behind on the Parker novels, but I’ve read some of his other books to. The Gates and Hellsbells. Hellsbells been one of the funniest ones with the elves in the icecream truck.

Today’s talk was amazing. I was in the fourth row from the front!!! I love the fact he referred to author’s as vampires. that his best death in his books is in Bad Men to do with the annoyance of a mobile phone. how he, after writing so many books does not take his success for granted and thinks its still going to all fall apart. we forget successful people I just one of us.

I took along two books to see if i could get them signed. I took Darren’s and my copy of The Black Angel. I wasn’t sure whether to take this or The Book of Lost things as firstly I didn’t no what he would think as it’s not a charlie parker novel and secondly I thought three was to greedy. But it turns out I should have taken becasue not only did a guy take along at least 6 books to sign, Mark billingham highly praised the book, and I found out the book is loosely based on John him self and how he loved books as a kid and used to find a spot in his house amongst all the books in an escape from all the adults in the house (I think that’s right, don’t quote me too much excitement and caffiene today 🙂 )

Then after the talk John was booksigning. there is a waterstones in a hotel, how amazing is that!!!!! I only had to wait 15mins and then as I stepped up I just babbled something and then asked for a photo taken and the funniest thing is it went wrong when the professional photographer couldn’t work my camera as the dial seemed to have got knocked, I went bright pink and John was so sweet about it.

I can’t wait to see where his tour of his next book is as I might go to that and get the other book signed as well. oh god now i sound like a stalker!!

Anyway after leaving there I had a wander around Harrogate looking for a non-existing JJB sports to swap my shoes and headed back to Leeds. I decided I’d try the JJB in Kirkstall instead. and as i walked down found cafe Number 55. I know of this from a friend. It’s his Wife’s business and I kept saying I’d drop in and never got round to it. so on the way back I stopped for lunch. and wow. what lovely food. a sweet chilli chicken club sandwich. amazing and very filling. And then I heard chocolate cake being mentioned and I got take out!!!

It’s funny how sometimes if you let plans go awry how good they can turn out. I also apologise to my sister for getting her kicked out of the library, but really you shouldn’t have had your phone on :).

I’m babbling now. 3rd cup of coffee not a good idea. most likely be asleep in an hour so going to sign off. hope you enjoyed this mini blog. I thought I’ve share my day.