On Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet the one and only Nicholas Sparks, and I tell you, I could not have been more excited. I adore his books, and he is one of my favourite authors. I'd known for a couple of months he was coming to Australia and had hoped it wouldn't just be to Sydney and Melbourne, as is sometimes the norm. So when his schedule was released a couple of weeks ago and I saw that not only would he be visiting Brisbane, but he'd be doing a signing at a Dymocks somewhat close to me, well, I squealed.
So off I went on Wednesday to Dymocks Indooroopilly to meet him! He didn't do a talk, just a signing, but it was still so great. He was really nice and we had a bit of a chat. I had two copies of his latest, The Best of Me, to sign - one for me, and one for my 15 year old cousin, Princess. I told him how I started reading his books about 12 years ago when I was in high school, and he guessed that it was A Walk to Remember that got me started. He said that's pretty common. I also told him I always said I'd run over his toes as revenge for all of the tears he's made me cry. As he was sitting on the stage right by me and actually had his foot tucked up against my wheel, he thought that was pretty funny and begged me not to, seeing as I was in the perfect position to do so.
Seriously, meeting Nicholas Sparks has been a huge highlight of my year! Pretty much a dream come true, as I've always wanted to meet him. As you can see in the photo, I'd gone a little red, as I do when I get excited and/or nervous. I was a little bit of both that day!