I want to give a million thank yous to the wonderful Liran at Empress of Books, for developing the brilliant idea to honor the truly amazing Susan Dennard for all of Susan's hard work and dedication to the Truthwitch Street Team. It is an absolute honor to not only be a part of the Secret Blog Tour, but to be rounding out the tour is even better. I am fortunate enough to be a member of the Air Clan in Susan's Truthwitch Street Team and I could not be happier being with any other clan.
My journey with Susan began back in late February of this year at ApollyCon. One of my close friends, who is obsessed with zombies, had just turned 16 and I could not think of a better present than a signed copy of Susan Dennard's Something Strange and Deadly. From the minute I stepped up to the table where Susan was signing, I knew there was something different about her. I have had nothing but great experiences with authors, but they usually sign your books with a standard tag-line, take a picture with you and off you go. However, Susan wrote a really personal message to my friend and she was genuinely sweet, to the extent that I wanted to tell her everything about me, she automatically makes you feel comfortable and as if you have known each other for years.
|Susan Dennard Signing at ApollyCon|
When I had the opportunity to attend Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer, I contacted a few authors for interviews and Susan was one of them. Read my interview with Susan here. I introduced myself to Susan on Thursday at one of her signings so she could see my face and to get one of her gorgeous Truthwitch posters. I instantly felt like an old friend once I began talking to her and I might have held up the line. On Saturday, I wondered aimlessly around the show floor and eventually got in-line for a chapter sampler signing of Alexandra Bracken's Passenger after noticing Susan talking to Alex. When Susan was done chatting with Alex she passed me waiting in-line and I waved and nodded a hello. I assumed she was going to do the same and continue walking, but instead she stopped and started talking to me. I do not understand why, but the fact that Susan stopped and talked to me still leaves me shocked.
|(Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard and Me)|
Photo Taken at Comic-Con
Most people would have continued walking, but she did not. Later that day, I waited in a stressful and chaotic signing line to get one of the fifty ARC copies of Truthwitch. Then on Sunday I interviewed Susan and it was such a fantastic time. At that point, I had never read a single word Susan wrote, but I felt a strong connection to her and had an amazing time interviewing her. Following the interview I got to chill with Susan and Sarah J. Maas for a half an hour before their panel, even though I had to battle rigorously the day before to even get into their signing.
|(Me and Susan Dennard)|
Photo Taken at Comic-Con
Susan Dennard is one of my absolute favorite authors to meet, she a genuinely sweet person and automatically makes you feel welcome. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of her Street Team and hype her upcoming book Truthwitch. I am hoping we will manage to get Truthwitch and Susan on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
Other Tour Stops:
Liran at Empress of Books
Alexandra at Literary Legionnaire
Kit at Let The Pages Reign
Hedvig at Sunroadreads
Angel at Avid Reader
Stacey at Write All About It
Jaimie at Jaimiesam
Casey Marie at Little Red's Reviews