Even though October is my favorite month of the year, I have to say that November is a close second because it’s the month of NaNoWriMo and the Miami Book Fair! The Miami Book Fair attracts all kinds of authors from the most publicized authors to independent authors that have a smaller community of readers. This event always fuels my love for reading and writing and I just love to hear authors talk about their books, their inspiration behind their books, and what their writing process is like.
Last Saturday I was able to meet Liane Moriarty and Laura Esquivel! To say I was excited to meet these two talented authors was a complete understatement!
The event began with the lovely and sweet-natured Laura Esquivel who is a legend in my eyes! She is a magical realism author from Mexico and her book “Like Water for Chocolate” completely affected me in ways that I can’t even explain to you. She opened up a world for me that I didn’t know existed and she is one of the authors that made me completely fall in love with magical realism and she is the reason why magical realism is still my favorite genre to read. Unfortunately, I only read “Like Water for Chocolate” and I haven’t read her other works but I highly recommend everyone read this book first before you delve into her other works. “Like Water for Chocolate” is the kind of book you want to read without knowing too much about the synopsis. Laura Esquivel is the kind of author that delves deep into her characters and eloquently writes the emotional journey that her characters go through. You can feel the gamut of emotions that the characters go through and her words are so magical and heart wrenching at the same time.
Now, unfortunately, I arrived late to the event and I forgot that the event was entirely in Spanish. My first language is Spanish but I have lost my Spanish along the way and I don’t know it perfectly. Either way being in the room in her presence and listening to her speak about her connection to the book was such a special and pivotal moment for me.
I tried to communicate with her my love for her book, for magical realism, and how I am writing a magical realism novel myself in my own mangled Spanish but she was extremely gracious and adorable about it. She is like a little sweet abuelita who you just want to hug and you can sense that she had such a warm energy about her.
Finally, I met Liane Moriarty and let me tell you that reading these women’s books have completely messed with my calorie counting. I went through so many bottles of wine reading Big Little Lies and don’t even get me started on My Husband’s Secret!
She spoke about her recently published book Nine Perfect Strangers which sounds like a very enticing read. The book is about nine people that check into a retreat of sorts where they expect hot stone massages and facials but end up getting something more than what they bargained for. I loved listening to Liane Moriarty speak and in celebration of her book, she framed her book talk on nine questions that strangers have asked her along the way. Through these questions, she spoke about herself, her writing process, the inspiration behind her books, and her author journey. I was surprised to find out that she started out in the corporate world and she was pushed to write when her sister published her own book. The stories of her journey as an author were humbling to hear and it really gave me perspective about success and the struggle to reach that success.
Attending these book events always leaves me with this bookish high where I am excited about adding all the books I saw in the fair to my endless TBR on Goodreads, excited to buy all the books and hide them from my husband, and just simply excited about continuing to be creative through my own writing!
Check out my next post about the Miami Book Fair next week! This coming weekend is the beginning of the actual street book fair and there will be book talks going on throughout the day that I will be attending as well. The fair continues until November 18th and words cannot express how excited I am to share with you more book event posts!