For a few months, I was sort of stalking Jandy Nelson. Not on purpose. I just kept running into her.
I attended an event at the Skokie Library that had an author's panel/signing and she was there. At the time, I didn't know much about her, but she was REALLY funny. And her book sounded amazing. She mentioned she would be at NCTE (a conference I was also going to) the next month, so I told her I would see her there. She responded politely...like you do to a crazy person.
In November, at a 'meet the author' cocktail party, I ran into her again. She pretended like she remembered me, at least she remembered little ol' Skokie, Il. And, the next morning, I was in line to have another book signed by her. I think I may have told her then that I was done stalking her.
But, now, I have actually read her book. I feel like I have to find her one more time. Just to say thank you. I didn't know what an amazing book I held in my hands. If I had known, I probably would have sobbed all over her and never let her go (so maybe it is better this way).
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson