Welcome to my photographic tour of my trip to Washington, DC in celebration of the release of NEARLY GONE, which hits shelves tomorrow!
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First stop, an author visit at George Mason High School in Fairfax, VA with author Claudia Gray as part of the NoVA Teen Book Festival weekend. We met some fantastic student writers!
The very first time I held my own book was at the NoVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington, VA.
The highlight of my participation in the festival was the “YA Bad Boys” panel discussion, in which we discuss our favorite literary bad boys and the people who love them. (photo source: NoVA Teen Book Festival)
Here are all the authors who participated in the 2014 NoVA Teen Festival. It was both thrilling and an honor to be included in such esteemed company. (Photo source: NoVA Teen Book Festival)
While I was home, my dear friend (and old college roommate) and I were interviewed by our local paper. Our story is pretty incredible. You can click the photo above to read it — sometimes truth is stranger (and so much cooler) than fiction. And we were honored to be welcomed back to St. Mary’s College of Maryland to speak with aspiring writers about our journeys to publication.
I was honored and grateful to see some supportive friends and familiar faces at my signing in Fredericksburg, VA. Jabberwocky Books hosted a fantastic after-hours evening!
And then THIS happened!!! Click the photo to watch the live WUSA9 News at Noon interview.
Next up, Frederick, MD, welcomed me in style with an interview in the Frederick Post. Click the link to read the article.
And I was thrilled to find out that Nearly Gone was listed as a Hot New Release on Amazon, and a YA Mover & Shaker on Goodreads!
Next stop, a memorable author visit to West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA. I can’t put into words how special this particular school is to my heart. But if you’ve read NEARLY GONE, and you know anything about Northern VA and the Rt 1/Mt. Vernon area of Alexandria, then you probably already figured out that this school is right in Nearly Boswell’s backyard. Librarian Carolyn Hilyard championed my book since she first recognized the setting so closely matched WPHS’s, and she organized an incredible event, with presentations, Q&A, and a book raffle and signing. I came away with a huge smile and a lot of great WPHS swag. Thank you, WPHS, for an author visit I’ll always remember. (Photo source: WPHS)
In addition to interviews, newscasts and school visits, I also had the pleasure of signing at some of DC’s most well-known independent booksellers. My very first reading took place at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC.
Then I headed to The Curious Iguana in Frederick, MD. If you are in or anywhere around DC and you have not visited this bookstore, you MUST go! Marlene’s store calendar is afire with amazing presentations, author visits, and bookish events. She invited me to teach a writers’ workshop prior to the signing, and the launch event packed the house!
I met bloggers and readers. And Lucky 13s Alex Lidell, Justina Ireland, and Kelly Fiore came out to show their support.
Perhaps the best surprise of the night was the arrival of my SECOND GRADE TEACHER! Mrs. Lennon, you are the coolest, and your support and encouragement mean the world to me!
And of course, no book launch journey would be complete without my Lucky Chicken. My 11 yr old son knitted this chicken in school. He gave it to me the night before I left on my tour. He knew I was anxious, and maybe a little bit scared. And he trusted me with his chicken, saying it would bring me luck. Lucky Chicken came with me to every signing, every lonely hotel room, the TV studio, and all my interviews. He was with me during my school visits, and while I was struggling not to get lost in a rental car in the city. This little chicken is lucky indeed, but I promise you he isn’t as lucky as I am. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family, my agent, my publicist, and the booksellers and librarians who made this trip possible.