Ever since we stumbled upon Grow Wings, Laini Taylor’s blog, we’ve been huge fans. She just seemed so cool. But we were a little nervous about meeting her and her artist husband, Jim Di Bartolo, at the SCBWI national conference a few weeks ago. Cuz what if they weren’t that cool in person? Well, guess what. They were!
At the conference, they mentioned they were gonna be in our area for a wedding, and wondered if we’d like to meet up. So last week, that’s what we did. We met them in our local Barnes & Noble so they could sign several copies of Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (which, we just checked, proceeded to fly off the shelves). Then we went out to dinner. Not only did we chow on some healthy Big Sky cuisine, the Taylor-Di Bartolos handed out gifts. Eve and Robin each received very appropriate Laini’s Ladies, and Jay got an autographed Blackbringer.
After parting ways (which only came after some unhealthy Cold Stone Creamery ice-cream), the Disco Mermaids took a vote…and it was unanimous! Laini & Jim are hereby known as the Cutest Couple in Children’s Literature (C.C.C.L. for short).
from left to right:
Luke, Luke's Best Friend, Luke's Mommy, Luke's Other Best Friend, C.C.C.L.