Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hanging out with my Agent Sister!

I got lucky a few weeks ago. Not only did I get to attend a fantabulous Not Your Mother's Book Club event at an enchantingly lit Bistro in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park, but I also got to meet one of my agent sister's Kristin Tracy! We've been emailing back and forth for awhile about doing blog posts and pirate store visits, so I invited her to join me for Laurie Halse Anderson's event to celebrate the debut of her new novel, WINTERGIRLS.

When you know somebody only online and then you meet them in person, I've discovered two extremes.  Either they are a) exactly as you pictured them or b) exactly the opposite of how you pictured them. 

And Kristin was almost exactly as I imagined her to be: quietly funny with a dash of dry sense of humor. We hit it off right away and chatted about all things writing and agent-sharing and publishing. We also talked about discovering buried bones on Alcatraz Island, but I'll save that for another day. 

I tried so hard to get her in a picture for this post, but like the Yeti, Kristin chose to remain hidden in obscurity. Even after much persuading (aka: begging and pleading) she still wouldn't budge!  I, on the other hand, was and remain a camera ham, so there I am above pictured above on the right of the amazing Laurie Halse Anderson with fellow writer, Mary (on her left in the red sweater).

Perhaps next time Kristin will get in the shot with me. Though, I doubt it.

Thanks for the great day! Kristen? Your thoughts?


  1. Great post. I'd say you were a. :)

  2. hah, thanks! wish you would have been there, becky!

  3. ****Official Stop on Launch Day Madness Comment-O-Rama*****
    Wait, is she visible in the mirror? That would be a good trick for coaxing reluctant writers (or yetis) into the shot.

    I really want to read Wintergirls. I hear it's amazing!

  4. hah! i wish she was! i hear it is too, i have a shiny glittery copy, now just need time to read it!

  5. Nobody has ever called me a Yeti before. Meeting Heidi was pretty great. Except I thought the dimly lit room was a tripping hazard. Also, I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but Heidi’s sweater was really fabulous and fluffy. It was like she was wearing a rabbit—that was fashionable. Also, you might not be able to tell this from the photo either, but Heidi has a ton of energy. Mostly, we sat down during the event, but had Laurie Halse Andersen asked us to do something that involved exerting energy, like performing jumping jacks or playing a game of dodge ball, Heidi would have done some serious damage. She’s feisty. And in good shape. And even though I’d never met her until this event, I did detect these traits in our electronic correspondence. I’m glad we’re on the same team. Though I doubt we’ll ever actually play dodge ball together. And if we do, since I’m a mythological creature now (FYI in Australia I am known as the Yowie ) there will never be any photographic evidence of this game even if it does happen. Which it won’t.