I went to Jennifer Nielsen's book launch for The Shadow Throne yesterday at King's English book shop in SLC with about 100 other fans. She spoke about why she dedicated each of her three books to various family members. In short, writing is a huge journey and her family has been her pillar throughout the process. The funniest part of her presentation was when she read various comments from her blog depicting hyperbole at its best from fans dying (in quite descriptive ways) to get their hands on the Shadow Throne.
I brought my 15 year old daughter with me and we waited for an hour in line to get her books signed. She finished with a strong message as she showed stacks of rejection letters she's received while trying to get her first book published: never give up! Good times. And the cake was amazing.