And let me tell you, Elizabeth is gorgeous! She looks so serene and ballet-beautiful in her pictures, but in person she has these fabulous dimples and a life that takes over her face when she talks or smiles. And she smiles a lot. :) Her answers were the best of the group, short but direct, and I didn't see any of the shyness she touts. Great job, Elizabeth.
There was only one awkward moment, and I mention it only because I was sort of close to the situation and I think there's a lesson for any book events you all might hold. Let me set it up...
For about an hour, the four authors answered questions posed to them by their media escort--a hard-working, dry-humored woman. Everything was going fine, laughing audience members and all, but then they took questions from the audience. There was one silly question (do you all use KGB-style killing methods in your writing?), but most of the inquiries were book-specific. Near the end, the sweet, old lady next to me asked, "How did you find your first publisher?" and the media escort was all over her!
This was NOT the fault of the authors, but it definitely insulted a potential buyer. I believe she left right after the panel while others stuck around to buy books and have them signed.
Have you ever met someone in person you knew only through blogging? How did it go?