They Came From the Squealer Side: In Which Gail Encounters Her First Fan Girl

Once upon a time, Gentle Reader, I had my first encounter with a Fan Girl.

In Which Gail Encounters Her First Fan Girl

I do not mean to imply I had never met such a creature before, indeed, I may have been one myself on more than one occasion (of the breathy variety and in the presence of a certain YA author).

No, this was my Fan Girl.

She was excited to meet me in a manner that made itself known as mild bouncing and several intermittent squeaks that, once lowered into a decibel level appropriate to the human ear, could be translated as euphoric rhapsodies over Soulless.

It was, to put it mildly, highly disconcerting. And I was not prepared.

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First, and most importantly, I was not dressed appropriately.

I was wearing my regular everyday clothing and not one of my nicer vintage outfits and stilettos.

Please believe me when I tell you, Gentle Reader, that coping with unexpected social encounters is always best met wearing stilettos.

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Secondly, as my book is not yet out to the public.

I was not yet anticipating fan-girlishness in any form.

I was under the impression I had a good four more months to prepare, and even then one cannot depend upon fan girls, one can only hope to engender such zeal.

And yet there I stood, wide-eyed and mute, confronted by gyrating squeals, with an acute sense that I ought to have some other response than

“I’m so glad you liked it.”

And there it is, my first encounter and my inability to cope.


Soulless: Parasol Protectorate Book 1

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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

  • First, she has no soul.
  • Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead.
  • Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced!

Where to go from there?

From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

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