An Unexpected Meeting
My first time meeting Karin Slaughter was completely unplanned. I was a teenager, I cannot remember exactly what year. I can remember not wanting to go with my mom and little sister to the Walmart in Hiram, Georgia and then as we walked in I look over in front of the book section and there – in the process of packing up to leave – is someone I have seen on the back of the books I had devoured as quick as I could get my hands on. I thought I was going crazy so I walked over and I was like ‘Ummm are you Karin Slaughter?’ and she was the most polite, chill person ever. I was so excited I remembered grabbing as many books off her shelves and having her sign them all. I didn’t have money for them so we put them on layaway (yes, it was that long ago) and I paid them off over time with the help of my mom.
Seeing Karin Slaughter Again
The second time I met Karin Slaughter was in 2017. I was five months pregnant and I honestly should not have gone. I had had a rough morning (achy and morning sickness) and the hour drive up didn’t help – especially considering we were running late. I ended up missing everything but the end and I was so nervous the entire time going through the line. Would I be able to actually talk to her? Would Baby Girl behave the entire time through the line? Would I even be able to speak with her when I arrived at her table?
Something in me has changed over the years. That dorky teenager who just strolled up to the table to talk to someone who was attempting to leave – yeah she is no more. She’s put on weight (after carrying two kids) and her confidence? It’s hiding somewhere under a rug. I was not ready for this at all. So instead I handed her my book, told her my name, then after she signed it and took a quick picture with me (a picture that has since been lost since my memory card was stolen by a toddler XD) and went into the Kiddie room of FoxTale Book Shoppe (in Woodstock, Georgia – by the way) with Baby Girl and told my husband that I was kind of sad that I didn’t talk to her like I wanted to. He kept trying to pressure me into doing it and getting out of my comfort zone that I put myself into. So I let Baby Girl pick out a few books and then I went back out into the open area and watched her finish up the signing.
While I was waiting a woman approached me and talked to me and I actually opened up to her about my issues. I cannot remember now – if she was a teacher or a retired teacher, but it was so much easier talking to her than it was talking to Karin while I had her sign my book. Over the years Karin Slaughter has become an idol to me. She has remained one my all time favorite authors for years and I guess I’ve put her up on a pedestal. This sweet woman pretty much forced me to talk to Karin again and I don’t regret it. I did totally end up crying because I was five months pregnant and super hormonal. However, She handled it very well and responded with so much kindness and helped me relax. She told me some other things people have done – which believe it or not were actually worse than crying because you are talking to your favorite author.
She’s Coming Back!
I recently found out she is going to be back in Woodstock, Georgia again next month and I plan on being there if I can! I am super excited about it. I have a lot o begging to do but I plan on being there. Baby Boy will be eight months old and I am pretty sure my hormones are back to normal. Hopefully this time I can take control of my nervousness and be a little more like the teenager that approached her all those years ago.