Yep...that's Jojo Moyes, author of famous works such as The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You and The One Plus One. But let's back up a bit before I get into the how and why of this picture....
We have the most precious bookstore in Ely called Topping & Company Booksellers. It reminds me of Meg Ryan's bookstore from "You've Got Mail" for some reason, but with British character. I always love walking past their storefront and seeing the book titles and mentally adding to my "to-read" list. Well a few weeks ago, I noticed an announcement for special author nights and decided to research it when I came home. I suspected there would be local authors and maybe up-and-coming authors. Little did I expect to see Jojo Moyes, among other superstar author names on the list of authors coming to visit!!
I had just recently ordered Me Before You by Moyes and was about to begin reading it. I was so excited and hoped that I would enjoy the book even more now because I most definitely would be attending Jojo Moyes book tour event! And I was not disappointed. The book drew me in quickly, and not because it was set around a castle town (yes, I know I'm obsessed with castles....just wait until next week's posts ha!), but because I related to the emotions of the main characters, Lou and Will. I related to the fact that Lou finally found her life meaningful once she put others before herself. I have lived that story line....I don't talk about it much on my blog, but my last job was that of a sexual assault victim advocate. I found myself in helping others, much like Lou did.
I really really really enjoyed this book, much like the rest of the world with the book having now sold over 3 million copies so far. I really loved the character of Will. He makes you take a step back from your own life and imagine how you would react to the sudden loss of your limbs and immediate dependence. I think that his situation causes us to look at life from many different angles. Life is precious, and I think a lot of readers who have lost someone tragically might have difficulties with the ending in this book. But to each their own, and overall I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that was Me Before You. And after reading the book, I couldn't wait to get started on The One Plus One and also for the book event in Ely with Jojo herself.
The night with Jojo Moyes was phenomenal. Lasting about an hour and the church full of mostly women,we sat and listened to Jojo give some background information on how The One Plus One came to be. And not only The One Plus One, but all of her novels. She says that whatever is on the forefront of your mind, that's what you should be writing about. So each of her stories come from things that continually play in her mind. With The One Plus One (which I am currently reading, and my book is now signed!) Jojo based the story line around three things....a recent experience that her own cleaner had faced, the haves and the have-nots, and the complexity that is a road trip. I am loving this story so far!
Me Before You has recently named a director for the film and hopefully production will begin soon. As always, I really do hope that they do the book justice. Most importantly, it has been written in the contract that the ending stays the same as written in the book, which I sincerely appreciate! What a wonderful night, getting to know a witty and down to earth, superstar author. She shared personal experience, her favorite authors and what she is currently reading (which is The Goldfinch btw) And..she even tweeted me back...yay!!
@jamiegunter My pleasure. Thank you for having me!Ely is very quickly becoming my favorite town out of the many that I have lived in. I love that it is so sleepy yet I can have a night with famous people like Jojo Moyes and I can stalk celebrities when movies are being filmed at the cathedral. :) But it really is a special place and I feel so blessed to be here.
— Jojo Moyes (@jojomoyes) March 27, 2014
Happy Friday everyone and have a wonderful weekend! Ours will be filled with golf, castles.....and playing golf around a castle.....because what else would you expect in England?!