I had the chance to meet her on Friday night. She hosted a little meet and greet at World Cafe Live for her friends and fans and I am happy to say I am now both.
We (my dear friend Kara and I) walked into the private room to the smells of pigs and blankets, pork and chicken dumplings and sliders. In other words, my foods! There was an open bar and free copies of her new book, Hungry Heart, on a table in the back. There were also free canvas bags and some other treats.
Jen walked in and immediately said hello to everyone. She then talked a little bit off the cuff before reading an excerpt from her new book. She was funny and engaging and relatable. I am paraphrasing, but she mentioned how important it is for women writers to tell the truth about women's issues. For women to be honest and share their lives. It gave me goosebumps. That is exactly why I do what I do.
She exited the room and invited us all to come and get our new books signed. I nervously approached her and told her my name and that I had written to her in the past. She stood up and gave me a big hug and then we made some small talk about the concert that night and she wanted to make sure I was having a good time. There was more, but I blocked it out in an attempt to not throw up on her.
After the photos, we went back in the room and proceeded to demolish what was left of the food and the drinks. I was on such a high that I do not know for sure that my feet were touching the ground.
We stayed for the Dar Williams concert. We planned to listen to a few songs and we stayed through the last encore. Jennifer introduced the show with more stories and another reading. It was magical.
I have been blessed with many great nights in my life. This one ranks up there for sure.
I am a writer. I have so many stories to tell. I know there is an audience for them and I can't wait to share my words with the world.
Jennifer is back at a local bookstore on Thursday. My mom and I are going to go this time. I do not need to get another book signed but she might. And maybe I will pop in and say hi to my old friend just because. You never know!
Here's to women empowering women, your mentors living up to your expectations and a bright and happy today and tomorrow.