I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but when I attend book signings and meet the authors I was dying (or curious) to meet, I feel, well, awkward around them. Like, really really awkward.
I get all shy and stiff, automatically clamming up. Most of the time, all I can spit out is, “hi! I really like your book!” and that’s it. They sign my book and I literally almost sprint out of there. (The big crowds always ruin my successfully sprinting.) That’s how awkward I am.
To be fair, I think that’s how I would act around new people I’ve just met too, although I won’t act as awkward as I am when I’m meeting any author. Even dragging one or several of my friends with me to attend book signs doesn’t help decrease my awkwardness. In fact, it’s kind of worse to see them interact with the author so easily while I’m a mumbling fool around them.
I know that authors are people too, but I just can’t help it, I just clam up when I’m around them when really, I want to talk about how much I adore and love their books. I want to chat effortlessly with them face to face like other people do. Instead, when I’m put into the situation, I desperately want to hide from them and escape as soon as I can.
Are you guys like this too? What’s your advice on how to handle situations like this?