TSS - How Far Would You Drive?
So, you know how you can like something on facebook, say a page, and then get info about said page in your newsfeed? Obvs I liked a lot of bookish pages because it's easy to do a quick scroll through when you're at a red light (yes, I **am** one of those people; I admit) and stay up to date with fave authors and releases.
One of the pages keeps me posted on the Pitch Dark authors and specifically they're up and coming tour. If you're one of us Florida folks you probably accept the fact by now that authors NEVER come our way. Seriously. I'm constantly scoping out book signings for my faves and they just don't exist. I managed to meet a handful one year because Orlando hosted the NCTE conference. If not for those few days, my hand shakes and listening in on Q&A's would be nearly zilch.
Back to the Dark Days tour. The first leg will include a stop in Decatur, Georgia which is about a six and a half hour drive. Completely doable for a fave. Unfortunately, for those four that are going, it's not worth that sorta mileage for me. (Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Tahereh Mafi, and Veronica Rossi).
But it did get me thinking....how far would I realistically be willing to drive to attend an author signing...and who would the authors be. Off the top of my head:
Northern Tenn, Eastern NC, and the Middle of Mississippi are all about ten hour excursions. This would mean an obvious hotel night because I'm long since past the days I can pull twenty-four hour all nighters. Authors who would fall into this category are: Neil Gaiman, John Green, Libba Bray, Bret Easton Ellis (dude, I have to see just how seriously f'd he is in real life!), Nick Hornby, Jane Yolen, Margo Lanagan, Ali Shaw.
Then there are the authors that I'd dig meeting and could definitely make a day's trip out of the event (read, roundtrip 8 hours). This is rather UNLIKELY though because it takes me MORE THAN FOUR HOURS to get out of this freakin' state - it's soooooo loooooong. Okay, but roundtrip authors - Franny Billingsley, Chris Crutcher, Carol Goodman, Adele Griffin, Joe Hill, Tom Laveen, Barry Lyga, Lauren Myracle.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some and I'm not including authors that I have already met.
Regardless, what I realize the most about this train of thought is I need to move to a place more centrally located.
So what's the farthest you would be willing to drive to see an author and who would that be?