A few months ago, my friend and I were looking up author events at a (somewhat) local bookstore. She was so excited when she found out Jeff Zentner was coming and I had no idea who he was. (I’m so ashamed!) She told me about The Serpent King and HIGHLY recommended it. I looked it up but my library didn’t have it. So, I put it off, until last week I had a moment of panic when she reminded me about the event. The library still didn’t have it, so I just gave in and ordered it. But of course, I didn’t start reading it until Sunday afternoon and the event was Monday night. Good job, me… But it was amazing! I’ll have a review up later this week, but definitely a 5 out of 5! So off we went to Jeff Zentner’s book signing!
The event was held at The King’s English bookshop. I’d never been there before. All of their previous events I have attended have been at bigger locations like high schools and libraries. It was so quaint! It’s an old house that’s been reimagined into a bookstore, so there are tons of little rooms. It was fun to just wander around. If you live near Salt Lake City, Utah, I highly recommend you check them out. Plus they’ve got a lot of book merch, which is very important to me! They have a tote bag that’s got a cat curled around a book labeled a Tale of Two Kitties that I think I need to go back and buy….
We were early, so we were in the second row. It was fun to listen to Jeff Zentner talk about his writing process. He wrote his first book in less than a month! And most of it he wrote on his iphone on the bus and on his lunch break! We also learned that during the day, he’s a lawyer. That was so random, but it made sense thinking about his first book. Also, he lives in Tennessee and his son’s name is Tennessee, which I found amusing… After he answered some questions, there was the signing, of course. That’s always a stressful experience for me, because I never know quite what to say other than gush about their book. He was sweet and took a picture with us. We also got bookmarks from him as well.
The cutest thing was that he tweeted earlier about making banana pudding for the event and we got to have some. I really enjoy authors connecting with their readers and it was just so fun! They also had brownies and diet 7-Up so when you read The Serpent King, look for the reference to diet 7-Up.
Overall, super fun night! I’m going to another book signing tomorrow, also at The King’s English for Alwyn Hamilton and a few other authors. Should be lots of fun! I’ll post details on Thursday!