I know I have talked about fangirling over other authors before, and this year I thought I was totally cool at Austin Book Fest. I mean, I had met Colleen Hoover and managed to remember how to speak English and have conversations with her this year. I was pretty sure that I would not freak out over an author this year. Wrong. So very wrong. At ABF last year, I was standing in front of this author’s table waiting to get up to another author to get my book signed. This author was so freaking cute and her table was covered in my favorite color…pink. I kept looking at her book and casually picked it up to read the back. It actually sounded super cute and fun…my type of romance. I love sweet romances that are not heavy on the sex. I can do without all the heaving and thrusting and weird body part names that authors give them (like flower, flesh tower, love muscle….you get the idea) sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, when done well, a good sex scene is just that…good! But anyways, I decided to take a chance on this author and buy her book as when I started talking to her, she was just as sweet as her book looked. When I got home, I immediately read the book and fell in love. This started my obsession with all things Rachel Hollis.
Rachel Hollis is genuine and sweet, just like the characters in her Girls series. I started following her on social media, reading all of her books, trying her recipes on The Chic Site and then got invited to be in her street team. It was here that I found other fans of Rachel and got to know her better. She really is a wonderful beautiful soul. When I found out she was going to be at ABF again this year, I got super excited. She was the one, besides Colleen Hoover, that I wanted to meet the most. I really do want to be just like her…I am pretty sure we were friends or sisters in a past life because she reminds me so much of myself. But I did not expect what happened when I did meet her. I did not expect to be sitting on a sofa, laughing so hard tears were running down my face as she sat next to me. Nor did I expect to freak out and forget how to speak English again.
The night before the signing, our group of friends went down to the lobby to hang out and hopefully meet some other book nerds or authors there. We were standing there talking when BFFE pointed out that Rachel Hollis had come over to where we were and sat at a couch near us. I couldn’t even speak. BFFE grabbed my hand and told me to go talk to her to which I shook my head. Nope. I couldn’t do it. I admire her so much that even though I had met her before, I was afraid word vomit or actual vomit would come up and I would make a complete fool of myself. It is one thing to talk to someone you admire online and another to talk to them in person. Even Colleen makes me nervous still and I get super shy around her. Luckily, my BFFE is super outgoing and she took my hand and pulled me in Rachel’s direction. Rachel looked up from her drink as we approached, said my name and waved. I about died. Literally died. She immediately got up and enveloped me in a hug and I just didn’t know what to say. BFFE told her how nervous I was coming up to her and she laughed and said that I shouldn’t be. Then she told me to sit by her like we were the best of friends. I had to figure out how to form words so that I didn’t end up doing an interpretive dance in front of Rachel Hollis. Although she might have joined me. A few of my friends are also just as obsessed with her as I am and BFFE went over to tell them she was hanging out with us. We decided to take pictures, of course, and this is how we ended up in hysterics.
As we were gathering for what I would call a photo-op with Rachel Hollis, one of our friends, S.G., saw us all sitting together and jumped in for the photo. Being it is our group of weirdos, she started posing all crazy and being her normal self. We all started to giggle because she is so outrageous and she turned around and said “What?” and then it happened. She saw Rachel Hollis sitting in between two of us. She did a double take and the words “Oh My God it’s Rachel Hollis! Rachel Hollis guys! Are we taking a picture with Rachel Hollis? Hey girl hey!” And then, being who she is, S.G. turned around and once again posed for a photo. Meanwhile, we are all in hysterics, tears running down both mine and Rachel’s faces over S.G.’s comments. We laughed forever over this moment and we still all talk about it. At least I am not the only one to fangirl like that over an author. I am glad that Rachel Hollis is such a good sport and loved hanging out with us weirdos….at least I hope she did. Also, “Hey girl hey!” Might be my new favorite phrase.
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did meet Rachel Hollis and almost die of laughter but I didn’t die. I am Fat Girl who still fangirls over other authors and forgets to speak English Running. The experiment continues…