When: November 13, 2016
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1, Makati, Philippines
BEFORE THE PROGRAM
I was supposed to meet my book signing buddies at 6AM/7AM but I got home at around 3AM (working with a shifting schedule sucks) and I’m friggin’ tired, I need to get some sleep. Okay, so long story short, I woke up at almost 8AM and arrived at the venue at almost 9:30AM. To my surprise, the queue for the book signing wasn’t too long when I arrived, I was on 80-something.
National Book Store is giving away several ARCs through their twitter account. This is one of the most enjoyable part of this booksigning event because of the anticipation it gave to the attendees. Before the registration starts, my book signing buddies (Pam, Aileen and Clang) already won ARCs from the twitter giveaway. I finally joined them inside the bookstore after I registered my books. I can’t be thankful enough because they saved me a seat in front row with them. Clang, who won the one-on-one encounter with Amy Ewing, went to their meeting place together with Aileen. My signing pass was no.81 but Pam had a company who also got a signing pass for remembrance (they were no. 7 and 8). Pam suggested for me to switch my pass with her friend so we went to the registration booth to settle it. I don’t know what happened next but the staff needs to get my pass (no.81) and gave it to someone else. So from signing pass no.81 to no.7 real quick! 😀 (I gave the signing pass to Pam’s friend after I got my books signed.)
When Clang and Aileen were back, the twitter giveaway resumed. I literally shrieked with excitement when I won for the first time!!! I immediately get my ARC on the registration booth, which is Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. The fun part here is that my friends and I all won an ARC. #SquadGoals!
DURING THE PROGRAM
Book signing program will start at 2PM so we had our lunch first at Greenwich and went back to the bookstore before 2PM. There were more people now than earlier, I guess more than a hundred.
After few minutes, the program starts and we welcomed Amy Ewing. She’s so tall and petite. And her hair is so cool, it’s color purple (or bluish-purple? Idk lol).
1st Part: Q&A
The Q&A portion came next right after the introduction. Here are some of the Q&A that interest me. (Note: The answers below are not the complete answers she gave. I picked the highlights of her answers.)
- What inspired you to write the story of Violet or 197?
“The inspiration actually came from the movie “Taken” with Liam Neeson…”
- Was Violet inspired by you?
“We have similarities…I play the cello when I was a kid..we’re both stubborn and we’re both hopeless romantics. I think she’s quite selfless and she’s brave and I would like to exactly be that way, I’ve never challenged the way she’s been.”
- What was something that you learned about yourself when you were writing the story?
“I learned that I have the capacity to fail…at some point, you’re going to suffer rejections, you’re going to fail…and I found that I could keep working and then I would learn that this experience is like growth.”
- Did you consider Violet and Garnet in the first place? (Romantic relationship)
- What happened to Lily?
- What happened to Carnelian?
“I would like her to find happiness…I would like to think that she finds love, that she is loved.”
2nd Part: BOOK SIGNING
Amy Ewing is so adorable. When it was my time to get my books signed, I was totally speechless and I told her that. So she initiate the conversation and she’s so genuine, I love that she’s talkative and jolly. You can see that she genuinely loves her readers and it’s amazing. I’m really glad to meet her! ♥
AFTER THE EVENT
We didn’t finish the entire book signing event, we decided to went home after we all got our books signed. But before we separate ways…we took our chance take photos since we barely see each other. LOL. It’s been a year since I met them during the CTCinPH booksigning event last year and we easily became friends. ♥ These girls made this book signing event extra special! ♥
So I went home with a signed books, an ARC, Polaroids and a lot of fun memories 😉
Thanks to National Book Store for this opportunity. Here’s to more book signing events in the future!! ♥