I’m very privileged to say that I got to attend one of Sarah J Maas’s Australian Kingdom of Ash events the other week. I would have posted this exciting news much earlier, but all the travelling and crowds gave me the flu. Now that I’m healthy once more, let me dive into all the details! Because AAAHHHH! IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
I’m going to start at the beginning. SJM has ALWAYS been a favourite of mine. I lover everything she puts out, no matter the book. -Insert joke about reading her shopping list-. It’s true. I probably would read her shopping list! (Don’t look at me weird, there’s an author out there that you love and would definitely do the same thing).
Anyways, as I was saying. Love her. Unfortunately, when she came to Australia in 2015, I never realised she’d been in the country and ended up missing out, so cut to a few months back! I knew, I had this hunch that SJM would be returning to Australia during the Kingdom of Ash tour. One, because it’s the series that kicked off her career and two, if I’m anything, I’m hopeful.
So! My hunch was right! I got the tickets the second they went on sale. (Got pretty good tickets too!) and was very pleased with myself.
Over the months, I don’t know how, I somehow forgot that I had this amazing opportunity coming up. I forgot that I wasn’t just flying to Melbourne to see my best mate. I forgot that I wasn’t going on holiday just to relax, that the sole reason I had gotten those tickets and forced my best friend to give me his couch was to see this marvelous woman from afar. And that’s exactly what I did.
We were on the upper floor, behind the railing. She was like, half a football field away from me, and my goodness! She was funny. Darn tootin’ hilarious. Her sense of humour is very relatable. Very human. It brought her down from the clouds the fans put her on and really made you see her for her, and it was amazing. It was amazing to hear about the books and the characters and everything she’s so excited to share but can’t just yet.
I wish I had the opportunity to meet her in person, even if it was for a two second conversation, it would have been amazing and worth it. Like I said earlier, I’m a hopeful person, so perhaps one day I’ll get the opportunity.
Here! An awful photo of SJM & Lynette Noni! (It’s the best I got, sorry!)