I went to an author signing today at my local Barnes & Noble. The author was Georgia Bragg, and she was signing her debut middle grade novel Matisse on the Loose (Delacorte). A friend/colleague of mine is a childhood friend of hers, and he was kind enough to introduce me to her. Georgia was busy talking with family and friends but took the time to briefly discuss her road to publication with me. Also, she was at the SCBWI conference in August. Didn't see her, but nice to know someone else who will, more than likely, be attending next year. It's always great to meet local authors, especially ones who write middle grade fiction.
Georgia offered to talk to me further, so I'll be in touch with her sometime soon. Maybe I can score a short interview for the blog. We'll see.