The very first stop on my US tour was one of my favourite cities in the world: New York.
My event there was also with one of my favourite authors in the world: Scott Westerfeld.
Cue freak out.
I arrived in NYC at around 6pm on Monday night after a 14-hour flight from Sydney, a two-hour stopover in LA, and then a five-hour flight to New York. When I got to my hotel, I promptly collapsed into bed without eating dinner or changing out of my flying clothes.
I awoke at 3.30am and couldn't get back to sleep. HELLO JET LAG, MY OLD FRIEND.
Tuesday 4th October was the official release date of Our Chemical Hearts, and I had the whole day off to recover from my jet lag, so I basically spent it in bed tweeting. It was great.
That night, I got to meet my fantastic, amazing, unicorn of an editor, Stacey Barney, for the first time. We ate deep dish pizza and drank red wine. It was magical.
On Wednesday, I got to meet the rest of the Penguin team who helped make my book real, but tragically I forgot to snap a picture. Needless to say, they're all dreamy human beings and I swooned at being in the same room as them. Partly because of the jet lag, but mostly because I adore them all.
Then, that night, I had my first official US event: a joint book launch with Scott Westerfeld at Books of Wonder.
We had a great chat (sans moderator!) about our books and about how influential Scott has been on my writing career and it was basically amazing.
New York was incredible and I feel so lucky to have been able to have my US book launch in one of my favourite cities in the world, surrounded by people I greatly appreciate and admire.
Until next time, NYC.