Organised by Amy Plum and Celeste at the American Library in Paris, Teen Author Smash was planned for Saturday 25th April at 7:30pm, where 25 authors were invited for readings, Q&A hot seats, signing books, and chatting to librarians, readers, and writers.
I arrived in Paris on the Thursday night with plans to do some exploring before Saturday’s event.
So, the next day, we set out to do as much as we could cram into one day. It was gorgeous weather, so really pleasant to stroll around and visit lots of places.
Saturday – the day of the Teen Author Smash – we went to the train station to meet my cousins from Rouen. We had breakfast together on the Printemps rooftop terrance, with gorgeous views of the city, then went to Montmartre.
Later, back at the hotel, I chilled out for a bit before I started prepping for the event – bookmarks, prizes, an excerpt to read – and then got packed up and ready to go (eek!). I was so excited to see the library, meet the authors and the staff, and especially the teen writing group who looked after us on the night, which was really appreciated.
We took some group photos before the event and I got chance to meet everyone there. I absolutely adore Amy Plum, so meeting her was a dream, and I’m so honoured that she invited me along to be part of the event. Claire Merle is a good friend, who I’ve known for a few years now, so it was great to finally meet IRL!
Authors read for one minute from their books. Then we had five at a time up in the hot seats to answer one question in one minute, and a second question in five words or less. This was all really fun! Then there was a treasure hunt for the guests with lots of prizes to be won, and the chance to chat and sign books before wrapping things up.
I’m currently reading Reboot by Amy Tintera, which I’m really enjoying, so it was amazing to meet her and tell her so! I’m also a fan of Lissa Price, who is so kind and lovely, so it was a real treat to have the chance to sit and chat to her.
I was happy to be seated beside Lenore Appelhans, too, whose book I had in my bag , and have chance to chat to Morgan Matson and Emma Trevayne. I’ve also been reading Zoraida Córdova’s new-adult book, Luck on the Line, so it was wonderful to see Zoraida.
It was fun to meet J.R. Johansson, after reading Insomnia a few Halloweens ago and chatting to Jenn online. It was also wonderful to meet some new people, especially Tera Lynn Childs, Crystal Perkins, and Toika Tokedira.
After the event, authors, partners, and librarians went over to the Eiffel Tower for a picnic and champagne. It was absolutely magical to be there and night, with the tower lit up and twinkling and good company all around – a perfect end to the trip.
Many thanks to the library for hosting us, to Amy Plum and Celeste for organising everything, to everyone who came along to support and join in, and to the authors, librarians, and teen volunteers for being so welcoming. I had the best time!