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Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:28 am

To say that I love Maggie Stiefvater is an understatement.

When she walked through the double doors of the bookstore and over to her designated table, I felt like I would faint. I couldn’t form a sentence without the worlds “I just really love you,” flying out of my mouth.

Stiefvater is the author of sever young adult books such as The Raven Cycle.

Regardless of my month of planning what I would say to her, I still managed to forget at least three things I wanted to mention, which included asking if she would write “The Trees Speak Latin,” as my first tattoo.

Over two hundred people stood in Stiefvater’s line, and I was lucky enough to be the fifth thanks to the help of my dad’s girlfriend, Danita. She stood in line for almost two hours while the line grew as each minute passed.

So many thoughts rushed through my head, and I worried if I would stick out to her or if she’d remember me over someone else. I wondered if she would remember me at all.

All of these emotions were flooding my mind and when I walked away from her line, I felt like a part of myself as left there. I feel like I left a part of myself with her and that part of me was any doubts I might have had hidden deep in my mind.

My expectations for her were high, but she exceeded them. She giggled at my stories, and gave me attention that felt as if she were hanging on my every word.

I never thought I would feel like she was just a person because she created this entire world filled with characters that make me laugh, scream and cry. She felt like my best friend, and I felt like I was connected to her through these stories.

I will never forget when Danita tapped my shoulder, and I said through a muffled scream, “That’s her!”

Regardless of her popularity, she was down to Earth and made her fans feel like more than just people who adored her work. She made me, along with other that I spoke to at the festival, feel as her equals.

I will never forget the first time I caught a glimpse of her walking through the double doors or the time that she giggled when I told her I imagine Raven Cycle character Noah Czerny as Tyler Williams, the actor from The Walking Dead.

Meeting her changed my life. She is just a wife and a mother who happens to be able to create beautiful literature and has a passion for making her readers feel something.