Thursday, February 27, 2014

What Weird Things Happened To Atria Authors At Events?

Atria Authors were asked:  

What was the weirdest thing that ever happened to you at an event?


John Connolly:  I think I may be spoiled for choice: a pair of paranoid schizophrenics arguing over the nature of paranoid schizophrenia, and whether Hitchcock’s Psycho was very unfair on schizophrenics; being advertised as An Evening with James Patterson, and looking out at any number of confused faces as I arrived to speak; being mistaken for Ian Rankin/ Michael Connelly/ Joe Connelly; being asked, if I was a tree, what kind of tree would I be?.  Oh, and there was the booksellers’ dinner in Glasgow that concluded with me being kicked in the head by a bookseller who was trying to show me her new shoes, causing Jeff Deaver almost to fall off his chair laughing.  Sometimes it’s a wonder I ever leave the house.

Abbi Glines: A girl who once threatened to beat me up in high school because I had gone out with her ex boyfriend showed up with all my books to sign. She’s a big fan now.

William Kent Krueger: I was asked to sign a pair of undergarments—men’s undergarments.

John Lescroart: This would have to be showing up at a Borders store (in Illinois, I think) for a signing, where they had a wonderful display set up with about 200 books.  Unfortunately, they were all by John LeCarre!!

Liza Marklund: Once, I did a really miserable signing at a mall outside of Malmö in the south of Sweden. Nobody showed up. I mean, literary, nobody.  It wasn’t until me and my co-worker  left the building that we realized why; a hurricane was about to hit the area and the authorities had warned people to go outside.  As we left the parking lot, parts of the roof of the mall blew off.

K.A. Robinson: At my very first event, I was asked to sign a reader’s boobs.

M.J. Rose: A seriously disturbed woman who attacked me for stealing the ideas in her brain – police and security had to be called and it was really upsetting.



John Connolly is the author of The Wrath of Angels, The Burning Soul, The Book of Lost Things, and Bad Men, among many others.  He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland.  For more information, see his website at, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.



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Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series.  A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama.  She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at and



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William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of thirteen novels in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Trickster’s Point and Tamarack County.  He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.  Visit his website at



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John Lescroart is the author of twenty-four previous novels (sixteen New York Times bestsellers), including The 13th Juror, Damage, The Hunter, and The Ophelia Cut.  His books have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in seventy-five country.  He lives in Northern California.


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Liza Marklund is an author, journalist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.  Her crime novels, featuring the relentless reporter Annika Bengtzon, instantly became international hits and have sold millions of copies in thirty languages worldwide.  She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and Marbella, Spain, where she is at work on the next installment of the series.  Visit her website at



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K.A. Robinson is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels: Torn and Twisted.  She lives in West Virginia with her husband and their son.



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M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of thirteen novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives.  She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors:  She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.



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  1. I can't believe someone would ask to sign undies or a boob. :)

    THANKS for stopping.

  2. I love hearing author stories like that. I really got a chuckle out of some of them.

    I work in a bookstore, so I've seen a pretty good number of odd things happen, too. I've seen lots of requests for signing underwear and on various place on a fan's body (including the tops of one woman's boobs--she was wearing a very low-cut shirt).

  3. How very strange. But for me, strange is an everyday event.


  4. You are funny, Janie.

    THANKS for stopping.

  5. Thanks for sharing your situations, As the Crowe Flies and Reads.

    That must be fun to work in a bookstore.

  6. The 2 John made me laugh out loud :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by, stacybuckeye.