It was a cold, wet, rainy night as our speedy Fun Cargo zipped its way into a very tiny park outside the Remuera Library. It’s not unusual for us to use a library, but it is unusual for us to be in Remuera and on a Tuesday night. We had our fan geek girl on, and had ventured to the other side of Auckland in search of a real bestselling author experience.
Nalini Singh was launching her 15th book in the Psy Changeling series and we’d signed up to go along. Partly, we were keen to hear how she’d become a best selling author. Partly, we wanted to take a selfie with her and shamelessly use her fame to promote our blog. But mostly, it’s always cool to hear an author speak about their books and their motivations. We’ve seen some big name authors together – Roger Zelazny, Greg Bear, Tad Williams and even bought Terry Pratchett fish and chips and coronas for dinner once! Separately, we’ve also met the cast of Red Dwarf, David Gemmell, Cody Young and sundry other well-known authors, including, of course, Nalini.
I (Lisa) was lucky enough to read Nalini’s first published novel while it was still a competition entry for the Clendon Romance Writer’s Award. I was a little concerned as it was called something to do with a Sheikh and I had just read another desert sheikh entry which I hadn’t enjoyed much. Nalini’s manuscript was fabulous and became the Silhouette release Desert Warrior.
We’d both met Nalini before at various Romance Writers of NZ conferences as well as RWNZ regular meetings, where Nalini often showed up to celebrate other people’s successes and offer encouragement. So we thought that a short drive to Remuera would be quite a fun thing!
So what did we learn? We learnt that Nalini is really nice. And funny. And very patient with her fans.We learnt that she is a prolific writer (we kind of knew that already to be honest) and that she has many more
obsessed fan girly fans than us.We also learnt that she is a fan girl for Nora Roberts, and frankly, who can blame her? We learnt that we should just keep writing and never give up and that if we’re actually writers, it won’t matter if we’re never published.
So we came away with a signed copy of Allegiance of Honour, an increased fan girl admiration for Nalini, two Guild Hunter badges and a renewed drive to write. Thanks Nalini for all the hours of enjoyable reading and the encouragement.