Vacations; a beautiful word but when getting to know authors you admire come in the same pocket, it’s already heaven on earth. A few days ago I had the blessing to meet with my best friend, the talented Ann Gatti and went together to a convention where we had the honor to meet many Young Adult writers and share information about new titles scheduled to invade the stands in 2011. It was an unforgettable experience in so many ways and I felt like a child at a candy store. Between the authors I had the pleasure to meet, there were; Melissa de La Cruz, David Levithan, Rachel Cohn, Carolyn Mackler, Jessica Warman, Lisa McMann, Sarwat Chadda, Sarah Mlynowski, Maggie Stiefvater, Alyson Noel, Matt De la Peña, Joy Preble, Luren Oliver, Andrea Cremer, Ellen Hopkins and Holly Black. It was an unforgettable moment when I had Ellen Hopkins right in front of me. It was totally a girly fan moment. Alyson Noel made my Saturday magical by remembering the question I asked a few months ago in Dallas about The Immortals Series and by mentioning it was the BEST question of the entire tour (Happy Dance!). Andrea Cremer, Holly Black, Ellen Hopkins, Joy Preble and Lauren Oliver captivated me with their kindness. It’s incredible that aside from being talented, they’re all so pretty also. On top of that, I left the convention with a “crush”… poor Nicholas Sparks has been replaced with Matt de La Peña; kind, talented and handsome making the perfect combination. The girls waiting in line were funny and the signing coordinators told us he causes the same effect wherever he goes, which I’m sure he does /haha/. My only regret; I missed Carrie Ryan signing event. Finally, we got some GREAT deals on books; I spent some time with my dearly missed best friend and one or another surprise in Happy Reading terms. Even though I ended up exhausted, it was an experience I would definitely want to do again just for the great satisfaction of getting to know all these people I admire and enjoy their work. Definitely my pocket was full of sunshine the moment I came back home.