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Confessions of a Professional Author Stalker

I’m the first to admit that I have a problem…and being an officer for NCSLMA has only made this problem worse.  Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am an author stalker.  I’m not sure how it happened, but I can definitely tell you when it started.  My stalking started in November of 2009 at the AASL conference.  During the NCSLMA conferences, I would always find the young adult author who was headlining and get them to sign my books.  But, it was really no big deal because that conference would usually have only one author that I was interested in.  At AASL, suddenly I was rubbing elbows with authors at every turn.  It was amazing!  Intoxicating!   Addicting!  And it only got better from there.  
In 2010, I was elected President-elect of NCLSMA and my stalking became a full-fledged addiction.  One of the perks of being President-elect and President of NCSLMA is that you are also the North Carolina delegate for AASL, which means that you must (absolutely  must) attend ALA midwinter and ALA annual.  And not only do a whole bunch of crazy librarians go to ALA…a whole bunch of awesome authors go too!   
My first ALA mid-winter was like book geek heaven.  In the exhibit hall, authors are on every corner signing books that haven’t even been published yet and most of the time, those books are FREE.  And most of the authors are more than willing to pose with a tongue-tied fan!  Deborah Harkness’ Discovery of Witches?  Had it three months before it came out and became a bestselling sensation—and my copy is signed.  The sequel to Cinder by Marissa Meyer?  Scarlet is on my signed and read shelf right now (and it’s an excellent sequel).  Copies of all of Carrie Ryan’s books?  Signed and shelved.  I think I returned from that ALA conference with more poundage of books than body weight.  During my 3rd and 4th ALA stalkings, I was very grateful to April Dawkins for bringing a luggage scale!  
When this summer rolled around, I knew it was my last hurrah for author stalking, so I made sure to go out with a bang.  My one regret is that I didn’t have a chance to get close enough to Stephen King to get an autographed book (or touch him).  But, I did get to experience his final concert as a Rock Bottom Remainder, so I think I can halfway mark him off my bucket list.  
And now, my time for easy author stalking has come to an end.  I’m going to have to make a conscious effort to search out those author events and find other ways to stalk them.  I’ve already got a few events from the Asheville bookstore Malaprops on my schedule and a new Brevard native, young adult author is being introduced to us in January and I’ve got her on my radar.  I can’t go cold turkey!  But in the meantime, I hope you’ll sit back and relax and enjoy my Animoto of my greatest stalkings.  I’m offering a prize for whoever can name the most authors.  Email me at [email protected] with your guesses!
-Posted by Sarah Justice, NCSLMA Past President


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Sharon - Thursday, March 27, 2014

I want to be a stalker! Loved it. But will have to watch a few more time to name the authors. Posted on 12/13/2012 10:27

April Dawkins - Thursday, March 27, 2014

I learned from the best!! Posted on 12/13/2012 06:38

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