“You’ll Never Believe…” with A.J. Pine

by Maryse on April 25, 2015 · 2 comments

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Welcome to the thirty ninth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of A.J. Pine’s latest book “One Night”.  In this one, the author tells us about her own super-fangirl moment!

You’ll Never Believe… by A.J. Pine

Truth circle. We’re all friends, right? So yeah, I’ve been published for a little over a year. ONE NIGHT is my third book, and I’m super stoked that people are reading my words…and liking them. But here’s the thing. Being published does not mean that I no longer lose my cool/stop fangirling in the presence of my favorite authors.

Here’s proof.

In May 2014, my debut IF ONLY out for just under two months, I went to the RT convention in NOLA. I got to meet a lot of my writer friends who I only knew on Twitter at that point, and more importantly, I got to attend sessions where some of my favorite authors sat on the panel. In my day job, I am a teen librarian (and former high school English teacher). So YA is a first love of mine—YA romance to be specific. Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door; Isla and the Happily Ever After) was on this panel. Here’s a picture to prove I met her and held it together…for the time it took to take this pic. See? I look relatively calm, right? But ask my writing partners about my behavior later that day, and there may have been some flailing. Anna and the French Kiss will always be one of my favorite romances, YA or otherwise, and aside from writing amazing stories, Perkins was just so super sweet.

Fast forward to September when librarian me is attending a YA conference put on by the amazing Anderson’s Bookshop. Stephanie Perkins is on a couple of panels, and she’s signing copies of Isla. It’s my turn at the signing table, and I thank the lovely Stephanie Perkins for her lovely words, and she asks, “Have we met before?”

Hold it together, Amy. You can do this.

“YES!” I say. “We met at RT last year when I was a noob, and I’ll be back this year as a signing author, and I’m so excited, and word vomit, word vomit, word vomit.”

Again, she’s so sweet and gracious and asks what I write and…yeah. I still fangirl. Big time. She’ll be at RT again this year. Hoping I keep it together long enough to ask for a pic.

About AJ Pine

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, from Eric Northman to the Salvatore brothers. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

Blurb of One Night:

When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.

But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened…and why he’d never want her for more than one night.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shane April 27, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Good for you. I am sure it wasn’t an easy road and now fans will be asking to take your pics….

Maryse April 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM

I was thinking the same thing, Shane…

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