Earlier this week, when I was hard at work (Twittering), I discovered Ann Aguirre was going to be in town for one night not too far from where I live. Well of course I had to go! I checked with a few local friends but they couldn't make it, but I knew I was going to go, one way or another.
the Trump Tower in Chicago (no I didn't take this picture)
Well, it was touch and go. See, it's been cold here, with lots of snow, but the temps warmed up considerably on Friday, and that produced heavy, heavy fog, so heavy that as I was driving past O'Hare, I couldn't see a thing in front of my car. But by this point I was halfway there and as tempted as I was, I decided to keep on going. And as I got closer to the Giordano's restaurant, it was actually pretty clear. And I was ready for some pizza!
I walked in and the first person I see is Ann. I laughed with relief. She made it! She gave me a hug and right away I felt comfortable with her. Figuring we were the only two showing up, we got a table and sat down. We talked a lot about books, and I'm going to give a mystery author she recommended a try - Julia Spencer-Fleming. Her books also deal a bit with faith, and based on Ann's description, I was definitely interested in finding out more. We talked about writing, which hopefully didn't bore her but to me it's a fascinating process, one I never get tired of hearing about from writers. We ate really good pizza. Kudos to Ann for picking the restaurant, and for being so generous. She's a total sweetheart.
So thank you, Ann, for a fun evening of food and books. I had a great time. It was so lovely meeting you, and I'm sorry my friend Shannon couldn't make it, but thanx for signing the book for her. And I'm really, really looking forward to "Skin Game", written as Ava Gray. It sounds so freakin' good! I hope you had a good time during your short stay in Chicago, and a safe trip home :)