Hi dear friends!
I had promised a second post with some more “personal” tales on my Paris adventures with my mom while attending RARE Paris!
Here it comes with a collection of “moments”. Think about it like a photo album.
I love my mom! She is 79, always elegant and joyful! She finally learned how to walk into a city without being lost! I told her to look behind her when she changed direction and spot some landmark! It worked.
Taking pictures of ducks, birds and beaver rats in the Bois de Boulogne is the best way to make friends with sweet old men walking or fishing in the park. I guess it’s like walking dogs or babies it makes you look friendly! They gave me tips on where to find the most interesting spots to take great pictures of animals! Meet the beaver rat!
French breakfast …sucks! If you like wholegrain bread, cereals with some fibers, fresh fruits etc you won’t find it in your conventional French hotel! Vive la baguette blanche! I much prefer the American and English Breakfasts!
Not all subways and stations have lifts or escalators! Forget the fitness club carrying a suitcased filled to the brim with books is the bets fitness!
Attending RARE as volunteer
Setting up a banner can be a challenge when you are small like me! I had to climb on a chair to roll it up all the way!
Emma Scott is TALL! And I am tiny! So it gives some funny picture where you think she embraces a dwarf. She is also very generous as she gave me two books that I wanted to buy and two others signed to organize a giveaway!
She also had ordered TONS of books. Part were numerous pre-orders and others books to sell. I was not her assistant but as we were already all set at Scarlett Cole’s I gave a hand to set up Emma’s table.
Some authors come with their family and Scarlett Cole came with her 10 years old daughter Lola. She has sass aplenty! We had a hoot with that little cutie who wore high heels like her mom for that special day and extra long fake nails! She learned the hard way that unwrapping a lollipop was challenging with long nails and I ended up being her personal lollipop helper.
Tille Cole loves chatting with her readers and gets pretty excited and intense while talking about her books. She came with her hunk of a man! A tatted, heavily muscled professional rugby player! I bet part of her queue was due to this eye candy 😀
When waiting to meet Tillie in the looooong queue I chatted with a man who had been sent by his wife! She was a French author signing that day and big fan of Tillie! I chatted a long time with him and he explained that his wife was autist and events like these where she had to chat and meet her readers were a challenge. When she joined us later and I offered to translate for her he told me that I was “adorable”.
Book lovers are very helpful and when I had no time to meet Jennifer L Armentrout as I had to begin my “duty” a very kind young lady offered to get my books signed! My daughter and I will be eternally grateful!
Mariana Zapata is on the small side like me! She was the table next to Scarlett Cole and I played interpretor for both authors! She also is not used to talk much, living with her dogs and hubs and had a sore throat by the end of the day. She came with her mom, a tiny and very sweet lady offering huge colorful lollipops to everyone, me included. At the end of the day she hugged me extra hard, so happy that I had helped her daughter and sang her praises! Best hug ever! 😀
Wearing my T Shirt with the blog’s logo helped other bloggers to spot me! I met Na Book Addict Dine with her pink hair, Brandee from (Un)Conventional Bookworm was our line attendant! It was so great to talk books with that sweet blogger who came all the way from Colorado! And Santoesha Somai, a facebook follower gave me a big hug! I was so happy to meet that young, sweet and cute lady!
You learn that authors have favorite characters! We decided a poll was needed with Scarlett as she always asked what male character was the reader’s favorite. Trent won but Scarlett prefered Cujo because he was goofy, a jockester like her man. Her kind of guy!
When you offer to translate for other readers you literally see the life coming back in their eyes! I would say that 90% of the French readers did not speak English or not easily. It was a privilege for me to help them chat with their favorite author and be part of this memorable moment! By the end of the day I could tell them all about Scarlett’s new series, the release schedule in French, what it as about etc!
I also learned that Scarlett Cole was a very generous author, always taking the time to chat, write a personalised word and taking pictures with her fans! She told me that we had paid a big amount to attend and it was a special occasion for the readers so the least she could do was give her time!
I had a startruck moment at lunch time when I was seated at Tillie Cole, lauren Rowe, Willow Winters, Scarlett Cole and Mariana Zapata’s table! Mariana was my table neighbor and we looked at our dog pictures, chatted about Colorado that I visited and fangirled over Ruta Sepety’s books!!!! Best moment of the day as she was one author that I so wanted to meet at RARE London but could not due to the huge queue.
By the end of the day I had been six hours on my feet, must have translated for more than two hundred people, taken countless pictures and was on an adrenaline high! Scarlett told me it has been her best signing ever and we had a huge line of people till the very last second! She gave me two books, signed of course!
I was tired but very happy to have been helpful! This is the best feeling in the world!
I am ready to do it again if I am attending alone!
You now have my collection of moments. I hope to have shown you some “behind the scene” of my Paris journey!
Thanks for reading!
I am not a volunteer but I am going to BOOKCON! I really don’t know what to expect but I am going to have good time, I hope. It will be worth it to be with my kid. I am super glad you had a great time!
Really??? You’ll have to tell us ALL about it Mary!!
I’m happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time, Sophie! I love your photos and your mother is such a doll. I’m also glad you got to meet your unicorn authors – they are such a treat in both book and real life! ❤️
It sounds like you had the most amazing time ever, minus the breakfast part. And being the personal lollipop helper is so adorable, love it! Plus that’s so wonderful you were able to help people translate, I bet that meant the world to them. ♥ I’m so happy for you that you got to have this experience!
Fabulous post, Sophie!! I absolutely loved reading all about your experiences. You are an absolute gem to offer to translate for so many people there. I’m sure it was so helpful and so very appreciated – for readers and authors alike! Now I feel like Googling Tillie’s hubby to check him out! LOL Lastly, I love the photo of your mom. She looks so stylish and so lovely. Our moms are roughly the same age (mine just turned 74) and they’ve both been through a terrible loss in the last year. I wish I could give her a hug.
What an amazing event, and so nice of you to translate for everyone! I’ve met a few bloggers and authors at the ALA and other book events and it’s so much fun to chat with people who share your passion for books. It’s like an instant connection!
I LOVE Scarlett Cole and Mariana Zapata! You look so cute, Sophie. Your mom is a cutie, too!
That is super cool, what a fabulous memory!
Wow, it looks you had an amazing time with these authors! I haven’t read their books yet but I’ve some of their books on my TBR list. Your mom looks lovely! 🙂
Amazing Sophie! It looks amazing. I love Mariana Zapata’s books. She’s definitely high on the list of authors I’d love to meet. What an awesome event. 🙂
RARE is one of my favorite signings, because of the fact that everyone who comes to these signings feel like participating in some way or another 🙂 I’m glad you had such a good time with Scarlett, Sophie 🙂 And next time, we’ll be able to meet up as well 🙂
You got to meet so many different authors! I am glad you had so much fun and also that you got to volunteer and enjoy Paris a little bit too. Yay!
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Your mom is so lovely! Looks like you had a really nice time. Great idea with the logo on the shirt. Glad you got to meet a few bloggers as well.
ARGHHH!! This sounded like so much fun Sophie!!! I’m glad you loved it (and now I’m wondering where I can sign up to help at the next event in Melbourne!!) xx
RARE sounds like such a fantastic event! I think that it would be so much fun to take part. Also, how gorgeous is your mom?! Sounds like you had a lovely time.
Thank you for my mom Lori!!! And yes I had a fantastic time 🙂
That is so awesome that you were able to translate for people! I’m sure that made their day <3 It sounds like you had an amazing time!
Oh I did Brittany!
YOU MET TILLIE COLE AND EMMA SCOTT!! I am so jealous! It looked like a great time and your mum is adorable!
I KNOW Caro! And thanks for my mom 🙂
What a great opportunity, Sophie! Thanks for sharing your experiences. So nice to see you in these photos 🙂
You are welcome Jacquie! Honestly I hate seeing myself in picture especially since “aging” but it was too good not to share! I am so not from the selfie generation! LOL
You look lovely!
I loved your post. And it appears you were also a big hit! With author’s and fans:)
Hahaha yes Laura! We had so much fun truly!
What a great post, Sophie, and thanks for sharing a few of your wonderful moments with us. It sounds like everyone including you and the guests, had a great time at this event and that you worked your, eh, butt off. And wow, come on, in Paris too? lol!
What could be a better place to have a romance book event than in the city of lights. Oh, and your mum? Adorable just like her daughter the amazing helper. 😉 I think it’s in your nature to help and share. And thank you again for sharing so much.
Alexandra you are so right that Paris was the perfect place to host a romance event! And yes I can’t help but …help LOL