This post is an article from the Summer 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Julie Jeanmard of the Cottage Grove Public Library.
After attending OLA this year in Salem, I would have to say I have my first author crush. I think anyone who attended Maggie Stiefvater’s event this year would agree with me that she is an excellent orator full of wonderfully hilarious stories and experiences. She regaled us with stories about traveling Europe to discover new scenes in researching her novels. She spoke about her love for cars, including a story about accidentally being responsible for setting John Green on fire while racing him. She also relayed her personal journey towards becoming a published author, starting with a rejection of her early manuscripts from her college’s English department. I loved what she said about planning out books like a road trip. She plans out the major destinations of the book and then might take detours, but she comes back to the original outline and continues down the path of the preplanned story. Her presentations Friday evening and Saturday morning were the highlight of my week in Salem.