“I didn’t go out and kill people. I just made it up” – Jay Kristoff, Darkdawn Event, London, 2019

Life Achievement Unlocked: Meet one of my favourite authors of all time.

Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with the Nevernight chronicles. The humour, the world, the cat familiar, this series speaks to my soul. My first awareness of Jay Kristoff was on twitter when he made a thread asking fellow authors what words should never be used in smut. If you can find it again it’s hilarious and definitely worth reading.

Several twitter interactions later I knew if Jay ever visited the UK I was going to do everything I could to go. Luckily I was linked to the tickets to the London event before it was announced so I didn’t have to stress about getting one.

The day of the event was a long day for me. I went to work at 6am, got the train at 2pm, got into London at 4pm and queued till we were let in at 7pm.

The first hour of the event was a talk with Samantha Shannon and it soon became apparent that I stalk Jay Kristoff way too much on social media as I knew most of the stories. Most particularly I knew the origin story of how Nevernight started from an argument about the c-bomb.

After the talk there was the questions which were a bit bizarre in some cases. One girl asked who he chose to bang in The Witcher game and one girl said she worked with bodies and wanted to know how he wrote death so accurately?

Next came the signing which started at 8pm and I finally got to meet Jay Kristoff at 10:30pm. The queuing for the event was stressful and long and one girl managed to get to the front of the queue twice and a few others tried to push in front and it was chaotic.

So I finally got to meet Jay Kristoff and..I was basically a zombie. I gave him three books and was trying to get two personalised instead of just the one. He nearly personalised the wrong one and I kept trying to explain if he could personalise the other two that would be great but I know he’s not supposed to so it was up to him.

Then the girl who was supposed to be organising the books said I was making things complicated.

I still remember this comment because it kinda ruined the whole moment for me. Like I don’t need criticism when I’m tired and nervous? I don’t know.

I then gave Jay my metalmarks or I might have done that before the confusing book stuff I’m not sure. He said they were cool anyway and would give the aurora rising one to Amie.

Finally I got a photo and made a joke about our height difference before leaving.

Overall this day was bitter sweet I got to meet Jay which was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was however contrasted with a very bad day due to completely unrelated and building mental health issues I had which meant I spent more of my day crying silently or to my boyfriend. You may wonder why I mention this but I think it’s important to be honest that it wasn’t all fangirling and excitement.

You can have good moments in the bad days too and I’ll remember the day I met Jay Kristoff for many reasons.

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