Saturday, August 13, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Girls Taking Over the World Event

In this picture from left to right: Lara Zielin, Christine Johnson, Rhonda Stapleton, Mindy Macheske, Aimee Carter, and Sandra Mitchell

     The Girls Taking Over the World Tour is a group of authors whose novels highlight girl empowerment; as well as talk to fans about being independent and having the strength to make your own choices. 

      First of all I would really like to thank the authors from coming to Michigan on their tour.  Second, I would again like to thank the authors again for making me feel welcome!  This event was so much fun and because it wasn't crowded I really got one on one time with them.  There was never a dull moment as they were a very spunky group and extremely entertaining.
     When the event started I found that I was the only one who was there for it.  So, they looked at me and Christine Johnson said "Hey, come on up and join our discussion."  So, I did ...a little uneasy,  I looked at them all and admitted that I haven't read all their books but I had quite a few of them.  As I would have loved to read all of their novels before I went to the event, unfortunately I didn't have enough time to read them all.  Even still the authors looked at me and reassured me that they were thrilled I owned their books and it wasn't an issue that I hadn't read them all yet.  They did ask me which books I did read, again ashamed, I told them I actually only read one book on long table piled with books...Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test. 
     I was really excited to get to talk to Aimee about The Goddess Test and our excitement for the next addition, Goddess Interrupted.  We also discussed my new blog page (My Hidden Bookshelf) and that I reviewed her novel.  Since I told her I loved the book she read my review at the event.  Being that I am a new blogger and new to writing reviews it meant a lot to me that she liked my review, 
     I also got to learn a lot of different things about the authors and the publishers.  It was interesting to learn of their working habits.  Aimee can sit down and write all day.  While Christine writes in her down time from raising her two beautiful children.  Rhonda likes to write at her local Panera Bread.  I was not surprised to learn that majority of them like to read before going to bed.  The question I heard most from fans was "How do you pick your covers?"  In which I was surprised to hear that the authors don't have a say in there covers the publishers pick it and reveal it to them.  I was piqued to learn that the US cover of The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell was the same as the Australian cover of The Goddess Test, except that the dress is red on Aimee's book.
     All in all I had a great time at the event and if you have the opportunity to see them then I would highly suggest going.  This wonderful group of authors will make you feel like you belong and encourage you to follow your dreams ... where ever they may take you!  Oh, and they will sign your books too!


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