Avalon (age 12 and avid WattPad user) has been endlessly talking about how to arrange "chance meetings" with none other than her WattPad Superhero, Cory Doctorow (@doctorow)! In Miss Avalon's mind there is no other agenda than to hunt down and capture the attention of Mr. Doctorow so that she may bask in his almighty glow. Seriously, she is 12 and authors are her pop stars.
Brennan (age 15, gamer, comic-con expert, self proclaimed nerd guru) has been keeping quiet what his main goals will be for #TTBF14, but I've been assured that one of his childhood favorites, Mr. Scott Westerfeld (@scottwesterfeld) is on his must see list along with James Dashner (@jamesdashner) and Garth Nix (@garthnix).
Mark (he is Dad) is the fuel that drives The Bookend Family having studied Creative Writing at University of Pittsburgh oh those many moons ago. His writing talent and desire has been past down to the children and thus begun our discussions of how to enhance our children's experience in the writing world. He will be on the look out for a few of his favorites this year including Ransom Riggs (@ransomriggs), Marie Lu (@Marie_Lu), and Paolo Bacigalupi (@paolobacigalupi).
As for me, Stacy (the Mom, the teacher, the programmer) I'm on the look out to see for the first time Sarah J. Maas (@SJMaas), Lauren Oliver (@OliverBooks), and Leslye Walton (@leslyewalton).
There will be many other talented writers in attendance and it will be a day to remember. If you are in the area I highly recommend popping over to St. Edward's University in Austin, TX to join us for the amazingly fun and free family event. Doors open at 8:30 and parking is free. Remember to follow us throughout the day; we will posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.