Pop! Goes My Heart Author Event Recap

Posted September 2, 2017 by Wren in Join the Dance // Events, Tags & Challenges / 4 Comments

I had the pleasure of being to attend the August 16th Irving Library Event ‘Pop! Goes My Heart’.
The name is based on the song of the same name from the movie Music and Lyrics. Here’s the song if you want to listen to it. I did, and, man, it’s cheesy.

The authors there were:

Maureen Goo, author of the k-drama based romance ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Sandhya Menon, author of the story of two Indian-American teens falling in love after an arranged marriage ‘When Dimple Met Rishi

Ashley Poston, author of the geeky, con-based romance ‘Geekerella

I myself have only read Goo’s book, but I hope to read the other two soon!

This event was a romance YA book event, so the questions were focused on romance and writing romance and etc.

My favorite question was about the authors’ worst idea for a story.
Poston: A Sailor Moon‘ x Dragonball Z fan fic. And if you know anime, you’re laughing right about now. Usagi was definitely dating Goku in this fic.
Goo: A fic based on real life with a twist. Goo was apparently dating Jude Law (The cute version) and lived in France. As an added bonus, the document the fic was written on had a colored background. (Gasp!)
Menon: A rewritten Twilight fic. Where a lot of things are the same but it’s written differently.

Here are some other funny questions and answers (Some direct quotes and some summaries):
Goo: (Talking about adult lit v YA) “I like things to happen in my books.” (Talking about best type of kiss) Grab and kiss
Poston: (Talking about the best type of kiss) Asking for permission before kissing.
Menon: (Talking about adult lit v YA) Many told her that YA isn’t a real genre and that it wasn’t hard to write rom-com.

The event space was gorgeous per usual. The Irving Library goes all out with their decorations. They had two huge balloon displays (One was in the shape of a heart.)

They also had their iconic large cardboard cutouts of the book covers. My favorite was the I Believe in a Thing Called Love one.

They had cupcakes with little rings and a candy bar. I, of course, got the Sweet Hearts. And some Pop Rocks.

My favorite part was, of course, talking to and meeting the authors.
I really loved Poston. I didn’t know her before this event, but she was so funny and nerdy. I could tell that she knew her pop culture. Plus, she likes Yuri On Ice. I told her that Anime Fest was hosting the creative staff of YOI, but she couldn’t stay. Which sucked. She also joked during the panel that her favorite deadline snack was, and I quote, “The hearts of my enemies.” Cue the heart eyes. This girl is amazing. This got me interested in her book now which is supposed to be a cute con story. (Say that three times fast.)
If you didn’t bring anything to get signed, you could buy a book from Barnes & Nobles.

Overall, it was a fun and relaxed panel. I got to learn more about the authors and have some snacks while at it. I can’t wait to see what they all have next. (Poston apparently has a dark and dangerous book coming up next, and I can’t wait.)
Awesome job, Irving Public Library.

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4 responses to “Pop! Goes My Heart Author Event Recap

  1. I’m so glad you had fun! This sounds like such an amazing event.
    Also… READ WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI. It’s super cute and you won’t regret it!
    I’m excited for Poston’s new book and it’s so great that she’s just an all around great human.
    Fabulous post <3

  2. Sounds like such a fun event. To be honest, I would totally read a fan fic with Usagi and Goku dating!!!
    I did not read any of the authors, but being a fan of Yuri on Ice is always a plus in my book!

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