If there’s one day I’d like to relive, it would be May 29, 2016 — Jennifer Niven’s signing in Manila. It was so colorful and bright and all the lovely things combined! ❤
My fellow book bloggers and I attended a special Q&A with Jennifer where she talked about writing and her wonderful books. Jennifer’s sincere and soft-spoken nature was very admirable! I loved listening to her speak! ❤
Here are some interesting bits I’ve gathered from the Q&A:
*On adapting All the Bright Places into a screenplay, Jennifer said it was scary at first.
*Jennifer has a graduate degree in screenwriting.
*According to her, film doesn’t have as much space unlike in books.
*Readers are always the important thing for Jennifer.
*The All the Bright Places movie will start shooting in the Fall!
*For Jennifer, it’s important to have balance. When she’s on a writing break, she loves to dance, hike, go outside, read, and binge watch television. It’s recharging for her.
*Jennifer said that every book wants to be written differently.
*Writing Jack and Libby (in Holding Up the Universe) was a challenge.
*She creates a playlist for each of the characters.
*Jennifer kept surprising herself while writing Holding Up the Universe. Both she and her characters try to do the unexpected.
For more fascinating information, you may listen to the audio recording of the Q&A here.
Following the Q&A was the book signing! We all lined up to have our books signed. I felt everybody’s excitement as I waited to reach the front of the line!
When my turn came, Jennifer smiled at me, and I couldn’t believe that I was face to face with THE Jennifer Niven — New York Times Bestselling Author and a friend I made online in 2014 who I’ve wished to meet!
After I had a picture taken with Jennifer, I hugged her tightly and told her that she’s amazing. Then Jen surprised me with a gift! An ARC of Holding Up the Universe! Squeee!!! *flails* Oh and guess what, I have a cameo in Holding Up the Universe! Thank you, Jen, for making my dream of becoming a character in a book come true! 🙂
While our fellow bloggers are still having their books signed, the Hardest Selfie Ever crew grabbed the opportunity to take selfies! These selfies were not really difficult to take as we’ve gotten better at squeezing ourselves into the frame as the years go by. The hardest selfies we’ve ever taken are still at Gayle Forman’s and Jenny Han’s book signings! Haha! 😀
A bookish event wouldn’t be complete without a group picture! So here it is:
After the event, I went up to Jen and thanked her for visiting the Philippines and for being an inspiration to me. I couldn’t stop saying thank you because my heart was overflowing with gratitude, happiness, and all kinds of feels. When I hugged Jennifer, she shared her brightness with me, and infused a sense of hope that the coming days are going to be better and brighter. Jennifer IS all the colors in one, at full brightness. I will never ever forget this day! 🙂
The public signing was held at the Mega Atrium of SM Megamall at 2PM. From what I’ve seen in pictures, there were so many people who attended! Hooray!!!
— Louisse A. (@louisse_ang) May 29, 2016
Thank you National Book Store for bringing Jennifer Niven to the Philippines! You guys are rock stars! So much love for you! 🙂
To Jennifer, thank you very much for visiting the Philippines. You have no idea how happy I am that I got to meet you in person! We became friends on Twitter in late 2014 and after a year, we finally saw each other in real life! This time, I got to really hug you, and not just send you virtual hugs! I am also grateful for your writing advices and for constantly encouraging me to keep on writing. You make me bright and lovely! One day when I finish my book, you’ll be the first to know. ❤ I love you and I hope to see you again in the future! *hugs*
As I have posted on the @JenniferNivenPH Twitter page, I’m giving away a signed Holding Up the Universe chapter sampler to one (1) lucky reader!
Just answer this question on the comment section below:
How did All the Bright Places change your life?
I’ll choose the best answer!!! 🙂
*Giveaway is open to Philippine residents ONLY (I’m sorry, international readers! 😦 )
and will run until Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 5 PM
Check out the recaps of my friends!
Kai of Amaterasu Reads
Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again
Salve of Cuckoo for Books