Monday, June 6, 2011

Journey to Veronica Roth and Other Wild Adventures (with pictures)

Before I launch into a post, I just want to shout a hearty

to Elana Johnson
on the launch of her YA debut

Available today!

So thrilled for you, Elana!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with one of the sweetest people in the world, writer and blogger Erica Chapman, someone I've gotten to know and adore, when we attended Veronica Roth's launch party for her debut NYT Bestseller DIVERGENT. If you've read my review of DIVERGENT, you already know how much and why I loved it. But meeting her also showed me how amazing Veronica is as a person. So friendly and welcoming, a truly humble, thoughtful, kind soul. I'm so glad to know her.

Now, getting to Veronica was quite the adventure. For one thing, Erica and I discovered we're practically the same person, and by the end of the trip we were finishing each other's sentences.

Hold on, let me backtrack. Okay, so Erica and I live many hours from one another, but it turns out somewhere near Chicago is like a good halfway point to meet up. So, we met up somewhere near Chicago, where I dropped off my car, and then Erica drove us the rest of the way to Anderson's (remember, the indie bookstore I mentioned?) in Naperville where the launch party was. At one point, we passed some domed building off the side of the highway (one of many sprinkled all over the place), and I said, "I wonder what those buildings are for?" And at exact same moment that I answered my own question with, "I bet that's where they keep the aliens," Erica says, "I  bet that's where they keep the dead people."

Soul mates, I tell you. Because it turns out those buildings are used to house the salt and road equipment or something boring like that.

There was also a bit of a story involving a missing iPod, which Erica had lost right before the trip and had scoured her house and car looking for it. It had even made her get to me a little late. So, we stop for fuel, and she says something like, "I really wish I knew where that iPod was." And I reach down beside my seat and pull this little black handheld up and say, "Could this be it?"

Awesome. Erica will now love me forever, and all I had to do was find her iPod.

So after arriving kind of late to Naperville and nearly throttling the loser who took our parking spot, we met the awesome Veronica.

Veronica didn't even act like it was weird when I apologized because my jacket had a funky smell on the sleeves. Which it does, and I totally didn't want her to think it was me, so I told her about it, knowing she might smell it when I put my arm around her, but the jacket was way too cute not to wear. This is why I love her, because she's smiling so big and happy even though my jacket smells funky.

Here's Erica with us, too. We are so adorable.
And I say "we are adorable" lightly, because it's mostly just Erica and Veronica and my jacket.


So after, we had a hilarious dinner involving BBQ sandwiches (recommended by the waiter), half of which I delicately spit into Erica's coleslaw (seriously, don't ask).


Thereafter, we headed back to the place where I had left my car (somewhere near Chicago). And then proceeded to talk for two hours more in her parked car until, it turns out, we killed her battery.


So, yeah, we totally had to Google how to jumpstart a car. And after a billion years of not being able to jump it, Erica finally called her husband and woke him up at 3 AM to get directions on how to jumpstart the car without exploding it.

And then I drove home in the middle of the night by myself, having to stop at Burger King at 5 AM just to kick my arse awake with a sausage biscuit. I also sang really, really loud because that would wake anyone up. Probably even the aliens and dead people. I do not have a picture of that. You're welcome.


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  1. I can't help it, I have to ask. What kind of funky did your sleeves smell like and how did it happen?

  2. There's no reason they can't store dead bodies, aliens, AND salt in those domes. Salt IS a preservative, after all.


  3. That's so awesome that you got to meet Veronica. She was supposed to come to Ann Arbor for her tour but they switched it to Lansing. I'm loving Divergent.

    FYI, I'm interviewing Elana Johnson today at Literary Rambles to celebrate her debut. Hope you'll stop by.

  4. Aw, that looks like SO MUCH FUN. Why don't I live closer? *sniffles*

    Also, that IS a really cute jacket, and yay for finding Erica's iPod!

    Sometimes a touch of saliva-filled BBQ is exactly what coleslaw needs, yanno?

  5. What Simon AND Sara said.

    Happy Monday. :)

  6. I honestly don't know what you're referring to, because I smelled nothing funky on your jacket, and I have a very sensitive nose!

    Anyway, it was great to meet you. Thank you for coming all the way out to the launch party! I hope we get to hang out again soon-- for longer next time!

  7. Ha! What an event! Sounds like a time you won't soon forget. And I think you're all cute! ;)

  8. It sounds like you had a blast! And it was so much fun hearing how you met Erica! Love her! Thanks for the awesome pictures. :)

  9. LOL. Looks like you guys had fun! And don't feel bad, I've had to google how to jump start a car before too!

  10. Hahahaha So glad nobody got blown up jumpstarting the battery.

  11. Wait. So you're saying you killed the battery, couldn't figure out how to remedy the situation with jumper cables, but WERE able to look the process up on Google on your smarty pants phone?

    Check the technology!

    Also, the other parts of your story were awesome too, but that last bit blew me away.

  12. What a crazy, fun road trip!!
    Love the pics, and you all look fabulous!
    Girl, you go to such amazing events!

  13. I concur, Simon ;o) Oh, Carol. You know how much I adore you too, writer bestie. We will have MANY more adventures!! Veronica is so sweet and awesome! Loved DIVERGENT! SO much fun!! I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time, well maybe the last time I saw you. LOL.

    I am dense. That's all I can say about the jumping of the battery. LOL

    CONGRATS to Elana!!! Getting my copy today!

    <3 U

  14. OMG I am snort laughing over here and trying my hardest to be quiet about it since the todlette is FINALLY napping. I heart you both! I would love to meet up with you guys one day, it would be a blast!!! <3

  15. Wow, sounds like some trip. Next time, I'm in!

  16. Awesome story... I have DIVERGENT and POSSESSION on my reading list.


  17. Why oh why oh why do I not live closer? And I MUST pick up Divergent!

  18. Sounds like it was a fun trip. I got to meet Veronica too when she and Lauren Oliver came to Toronto and they were both so nice.

  19. Sounds like so much fun, and so many great memories (and inside jokes) were made. :) I LOVED Divergent and am super jealous you met veronica! I also would like to know the story behind the cute but stinky jacket sleeves. Hope you're doing fabulous!

  20. That was quite an adventure, lol.

    Susanne Drazic

  21. I love your storytelling! Great pictures.

  22. I should be bumping into Veronica at a conference later this year.

    I received Possession today. I'm thrilled.

    Also, I love your new profile pic.

  23. Sounds like a grand adventure, and I'm still dying to read Divergent!

  24. Hey Carolina, I just wanted to let you know I've awarded you the Irresistably Sweet Blog Award over at All the other information is over there. Congrats and great blog!

  25. Man, sounds like an AWESOME trip! Seriously, there's almost nothing so fun as meeting other writers and readers and discovering that you've been kindred spirits all along.

    Can't wait to read Divergent. :P

  26. Wow!
    I love this.
    And I love you two even more!
    Oh, and I'm with Michele: the next time you all road trip, count me in! ;)

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  28. Congratulations to the winner!

    You got to meet Veronica Roth. Lucky. I LOVED her book.

  29. Sounds like an awesome trip! And I totally sing as loud as I can in the car when I'm tired. I mean, if it works, right?

    Glad you had such a great time!


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