Last Saturday, I had the good fortune to meet Patrick Ness in person. I will make one confession clear now, which is that I haven’t read any of his books, even though I have heard several bloggers whose opinions I trust rave about how good his work is. I arrived at Red Balloon Bookshop, where the signing took place, a few minutes in advance. Jill of The O.W.L. Book Blog, who I met at the Michael Grant signing, was also there with her daughter and sister. We chatted for a few minutes, until we realized that we were in the wrong part of the store, at which point we moved so that we could actually meet Patrick.
My turn came to meet Patrick Ness and I think even he was impressed by the pile of books I had in tow. I bought myself the entire Chaos Walking trilogy in hardcover, but also got two copies of The Knife of Never Letting Go signed for giveaway. I confessed that I had only read the first chapter of The Knife of Never Letting Go, and Patrick Ness said he had seen my Tweets about how I was coming yet still needed to read his books. He gave me a bit of a hard time, but he said he was actually glad I came.
One of the first questions Patrick asked me was if I am a writer. I said that I’m beginning to delve into a manuscript but that I’d written plenty of papers as an English major in college. His advice was that I start calling myself a writer, as it would make it easier for myself and others to take me seriously. We also talked about dogs in his book, because I said that in the bit of The Knife of Never Letting Go I’d read I really enjoyed the voice of the dog. He said that his favorite types of dog are like the ones that are in the movie Up. After that Jill was kind enough to snap a few quick pictures of Patrick and I chatting. Thanks, Jill!
Patrick was very cool in person, and it was awesome to meet him. I’m looking forward to reading the Chaos Walking trilogy. You guys should use the comments to yell at me to read his books, and be on the lookout for the aforementioned giveaway.