New York, New York *jazz hands*

The very first stop on my US tour was one of my favourite cities in the world: New York. 

Snapped in Times Square 

Snapped in Times Square 

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. 

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? 

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? 

*Internal fangirling intensifies* 

*Internal fangirling intensifies* 

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. 

Signing books like a real author 

Signing books like a real author 

Part of the stellar team of humans at Putnam: Kate Meltzer, assistant editor, Lauren Donovan, publicist (who wore blue especially to match the cover!), yours truly, and Stacey Barney, editor extraordinaire

Part of the stellar team of humans at Putnam: Kate Meltzer, assistant editor, Lauren Donovan, publicist (who wore blue especially to match the cover!), yours truly, and Stacey Barney, editor extraordinaire

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.