Turns out she was, so you can imagine what that did to my heartrate. I was going to have a chance to meet her!
As it turns out, I met her several times over the course of the conference and after she signed my book for the literacy booksigning and remembered me from the night before, I knew I was going to have to play it cool.
Cooler than I’d ever been before. Waaaaaaay cool because she’s one forthright lady with a huge personality presence.
By the third time we’d met (in what will forever be known in my memory as the “studies have shown” incident I knew in my heart Jenny and I probably weren’t going to be best of friends after all (especially since it seems there was a long waiting list ahead of me and she seems content with the number of friends she has already).
And besides, I’m too low-key and she’s too exuberant. She’d have exhausted me within the first 5 minutes of any real friendship and I probably would have bored her to tears. I’m not writing it off completely, mind you. Just not pinning any hopes on it. There’s always next year in Atlanta, I figure.
Regardless, she’s a great writer and there’s no one in my opinion that can nail down characters and dialogue like she can. The lady knows her craft and is always a stellar read.
She’s got a new book due out in 2006. A collaboration with the YEC (yucky emotional crap) hating Bob Mayer called Don’t Look Down. It sounds terrific and I can hardly wait to hold it my hot little hands.
This was my first JC book. My favorite, I think, but then they’re all great so it’s hard to choose just one.