Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandra Adornetto at a signing held at Red Balloon Bookshop. While I’ve heard mixed things about her U.S. debut, Halo, I’d also heard she was a fun author to see in person, so I braved the roads. I have yet to read my copy of Halo, but Alexandra was very cool and the event was fantastic!
Unlike a lot of other author events that I’ve been to lately, Alexandra had a small presentation to share with all of us. She was super cute, and it sounded like she’d really been enjoying her visit to the states. In her presentation, Alexandra talked about how she began writing and how Halo was born. Apparently she started writing because all of her friends got to go to the beach one summer while she had to stay home. She also discussed the fact that up until her senior year of high school, she went to an all girls’ school with a strict uniform policy, and how being thrown in with boys her senior year largely inspired the plot of Halo. Alexandra also took some questions, so I asked her how she came to be published in the U.S. versus just in Australia and how her parents reacted to her writing. She said that getting an agent made all the difference and that her parents were a bit concerned when she first shut herself away in her study, but have otherwise been very supportive.
After that it, it was time to sign some books!
Alexandra was very sweet, and we chatted a little about blogging. She also chatted about some of the books she’s been reading, and the fact that she might have to get a new suitcase to take home all the books she’s gotten in the states. This was a wonderful event, and I’m very glad I had the chance to go!