Best. Night. Ever.
Hugh Howey, NYTimes Bestselling Indie Rockstar, came to Chicago last night on his US tour celebrating the hardback/paperback release of his fantastic book Wool.
Hugh's one of those people who's incredibly at ease in his own skin.
The crowd (50+ people) loved him.
The new hardcovers were gorgeous.
Because Hugh is cool, he invited his fans to meet him for dinner before the signing.
To say I was excited to meet the indie author whose meteoric career I've been following for over a year, would be a massive understatement. Hugh is just as funny, self-deprecating, and genuine in real life as he is online. And generous? Crazy generous. Several times (several!) he mentioned to people at dinner and in the audience at the signing that I was an indie author too, plugging my trailer and generally being an incredibly nice guy. I only embarrassed him a couple times by telling him how much I respect him - his writing, as well as how he's paved the way for indie authors with his success and his ground-breaking print-only contract. Mostly I focused on harassing him for being goofy on his videos and telling him not to listen to anything my mother says when she comes to his signing in LA on Sunday.
I also asked him for a favor (because he's the kind of guy that would do it). I told him about my mom having cancer last year, and how she beat it, but that it left her wanting to fulfill a lifelong dream: writing a novel. I explained that she had watched me embark on my indie adventure, and followed his success as well, and was inspired to try NaNoWriMo last year (Hugh is a big fan of NaNo). I didn't expect her to finish, but instead she finished before me! I am SO proud of her - for going for it, for finishing, and for fulfilling her childhood dream all while still recovering from chemo. I asked Hugh to write something like "keep writing" or "congrats on finishing NaNo" at the signing in LA - that it would mean a lot to me. And to her.
He gave me a hug and said some very nice things to me. I'm proud of myself for not actually crying at that point. It's not often you get to meet someone and they exceed even your sky-high expectations.
Like I said, Best. Night. Ever.
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