Orange County Children’s Book Festival 2010

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival was AWESOME!  I mostly hung around the young adult stage and was given the task of escorting authors from the check-in to the stage.  It was fantastic.  I got to speak with so many great Middle Grade/YA authors like: Gitty Daneshvari, Robin Benway, R.L. LaFevers, Amber Benson, Nancy Holder, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kate, Heidi Kling, Cecil Castellucci, Joanna Philbin, Jessica Brody and Maria V. Snider !  I was able to get a few pictures here and there.


School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari


Gitty Daneshvari, author of School of Fear, was hilarious.  She shared some of her childhood fears, like spraying Raid in her hair to keep away spiders!  If there is ever an author to meet in person it is Gitty.  She is just so very funny.

Another compelling author to watch was Amber Benson, Among the Ghosts. She explained that her over-active imagination is what drew her to acting and writing.  Her energy on-stage was infectious and she knew just how to draw the audience in!


Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson



Non, Sina Grace (the illustrator), Amber Benson, & Me


The rest of the authors were also great.  Here are some of the pictures I managed to snap:


Robin Benway, author of Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June



Heidi Kling, author of Sea, and Becca Fitzpatrick, author of Hush, Hush and Crescendo



R.L. LaFevers, author of the Nathaniel Fludd and Theodosia series



Signing at the Mysterious Galaxy Booth



Joanna Philbin, author of Daughters, and Jessica Brody, author of The Karma Club


Note:  If you would like to purchase a copy of the book signed by the author then contact Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego.



Filed under Book-Related Stuff, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books

8 responses to “Orange County Children’s Book Festival 2010

  1. Thank you Jessica for being the BEST Author Ambassador I could have asked for. Both you and Non went above and beyond…


  2. Hooray! That was a great day. Hopefully next year I can be of more use. 🙂

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  5. I had so much fun meeting you!! Hope to see you next year!!!!

  6. loretta

    Wow. This looks like it was a bunch of fun!

  7. Oh! I LOVED the OCCBF! It was such a blast and my novel The Thirteenth Chime was sold out before I was even done for the morning! Hope you will go again next year, I know I sure will! As an author or a blogger/reader!

    Emma Michaels

  8. Greg

    If you set your formidable mind to it
    your writing would easily be equal to the authors.
    I encourage you as always to shine with that brightness.

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