Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Meeting Susan Branch

Good afternoon my dears, I am back from a daytrip to Asheville, North Carolina to see author Susan Branch.

How I heard about Susan Branch

One Christmas, I was reading a bloggers home tour, and she mentioned that she puts out her Susan Branch Christmas book on her coffee table every year. So, I found Susan's website and a laughed, and cried as I read her posts one-by-one. That Christmas I bought a 2013 calendar, and the rest is history.

Over time, I have bought the Susan Branch book collection, dating back to her first book in 1986 (the year I was born). I've also read her stories (The Fairytale Girl, Martha's Vineyard Isle of Dreams, A Fine Romance), about her life.

So, on Monday my hubby drove me to Asheville, NC for a dreamy day. We first had lunch at the French Bistro at Biltmore. I had the crispy chicken which is THE best way to eat chicken anyways.

Afterwards, we strolled through Biltmore's gardens. We visit the house several times a year, mostly for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and it's a lot cooler indoors at those times as the house isn't air-conditioned. However, we had the most SPECTACULAR views. This is the peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The rose gardens were fragrant and blooming. We had a little rain, which was welcomed after very little rain in a few weeks.

- The conservatory -

We then headed into downtown Asheville. If you've never been before, I'd say it is a lot like a hippy mountain town. We shopped at April Cornell's before heading to Malaprop's Bookstore to hear Susan Branch speak, and sign my books.

Until next time darlings,

Kiki Nakita

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Carla from The River said...

Hello My Dear,
I am so happy you did a blog post about meeting Susan Branch. :-) When I saw on IG that you met her, I was so excited and jealous too. ;-)
Did you get to chat with her?

Kiki Nakita said...


Yes! We first spoke with her hubby Joe. He talked about their upcoming trip to the British Isles. Then, with Susan we talked about siblings. She's the oldest of 8, and Joe's the youngest of 5. She was dear, even after 3 hours of signing.


Stacey said...

Oh you lucky duck!! I would love to meet her in person. How could you not love her books. They are so old fashioned and wonderful.

She allowed me to do a post about her a few years ago. I was in heaven just because she emailed back and forth with me. Here's the link if you'd like to see it:

Thanks for sharing your adventures at Thoughts of Home. :)

Sylvia said...

Kiki, You one lucky girl. I'm glad you were able to meet her, especially after reading her books and getting to know her that way. Good for you! Sylvia D.

Diana said...

Oh my goodness, I found this blog post via Art and Sand's blog and I was there that night to meet Susan Branch too!! A co worker and I drove up early that day and spent time shopping, one of the places was April Cornell. I live about an hour away in Tennessee. It was so wonderful to meet Susan Branch although I dont think Malaprops had any clear idea of how many people would show up. It was such a magical experience. I wish her and Joe would have had time to go to Biltmore.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

How fun to get to meet Susan! She is an amazingly talented lady. I only have a couple of her books, but love them! Hubby and I were in the Blue Ridge Mountain area in April. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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