So, before I met you, back when I was just a fan of your books and the fact that you sent some signed copies to me, Carol and Alexandra, we had this fun idea to have a Barry Lyga Rocks!! Day. And now that day has arrived! It’s cool because now I know first hand how much you rock =)
And while I’m sure there are hundreds of them, I thought I’d make a list of the top 5 reasons I think you rock. (Yep, I’m a list girl… It’s how I roll.)
1.Obviously, the best place to start is with your books. They’re amazing. I mean, let’s take Goth Girl Rising for example. You fill a room with 100 people and I’m telling ya, there’s not ONE person who could stop reading it after just the first page. It’s that good, straight from the start.
2. And then there’s you as a person. I’ve met some authors whose eyes have kind of glazed over when they learn I’m not yet published. But yours? Nope. You partied with us, went to dinner, hung with us during the convention… You didn’t push advice on us, but offered it when asked for. All around that makes you a pretty cool guy in my book.
3. Speaking of partying—it brings me to my third reason: you’re fun to party with! We totally closed down the kidlit happy hour and that we were all still standing by the end was pretty impressive.
4. You keep great secrets! I’m impressed—you’re working on a super ridiculously awesome graphic novel and refuse to spill anything pertinent to it, even the title! Oh, and you’re working with Colleen Doran, who’s amazing and sweet and holy cow a brilliant artist! This gives you bonus cool points in my opinion!
5. Plus, you also have a really good memory. When you personalized my Archvillain, you remembered my name didn’t have an h*. Heck, one time my MOM even wrote my name with an h! (Yep, in the scrapbook she made us for my wedding—trust me, she’ll never live it down.)
I could go on and on, but I’m keeping it trim today—so you have time to check out all the other letters—the blogs are linked at the bottom of this post!
PS. If you're reading these letters, and it appears nobody's commenting, they ARE! Blogger's comment system is having a major fail today, sigh.
*Okay, so you could have read it on my name tag, but still I'm pretty sure you didn't.
Carol Valdez Miller
Karen Amanda Hooper
Shannon Whitney Messenger
Tina Lynn Sandoval
If I missed you, or you want to sign up last minute (don't forget, it gives you FIFTEEN extra entries in the contest giveaway for his awesome signed books and ARCs) leave a comment on my post and I'll add ya to the list!
Happy Barry Lyga Rocks!! Day