My 11 year old daughter and I saw The Hunger Games movie on opening day and loved it. I was a big fan of the book/trilogy long before it became a blockbuster movie.
In honor of the books and the movie, here is a story about my fun encounter with Suzanne Collins, the author. I met her two years ago at the San Antonio Airport Gift Shop. We had both signed books at the Texas Library Association Conference.
In the photo, we are holding tortilla warmers. We both grabbed the same one, the only tortilla warmer with a blue border. My daughter, Eliana, is a professional kid chef, and I needed to get her a gift. Her favorite color is blue. Suzanne graciously gave me the blue one after I told her about Eliana. This was our conversation. I didn’t know who she was at first… I mistook her for a librarian. Lol
Me: Thank you so much! Were you here for the library conference?
Me: Me too! Are you a librarian?
Suzanne: (Laughs.) No, I’m a writer.
Me: I am too. I’m Dianne de Las Casas. I write picture books.
Suzanne: I’m Suzanne Collins.
Me: (Not recognizing her name like a dork) What do you write?
Suzanne: I wrote a little YA series you probably haven’t heard of… The Hunger Games. (She was so humble.)
Me: (WHA?!! I had just finished reading the first two books. Book 3 hadn’t come out yet.) Oh my gosh. Forgive me for not recognizing your name. I love your books. I can’t wait until the movie comes out. There will be a movie, right?!
Suzanne: Yes, there will be a movie. (Smiles.)
Me: I’ll be there on opening day!
Suzanne: You are so kind.
Me: Do you mind if we have a picture together? With our tortilla warmers?
Suzanne: (Laughs.) Sure.
We took the picture and talked a little longer. We found out we were on the same flight. She invited me to sit with her at the gate but I was with my illustrators and we needed to eat lunch.
We hugged and later, at the gate, she waved and smiled as she boarded ahead of me.
So not only is Suzanne Collins a brilliant and amazing writer, she is also sweet, gracious, and kind. Because of that brief encounter, I became an even bigger fan of Suzanne Collins!
Read The Hunger Games and see the movie!!!
“May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Until next time…