They say to never met your heroes. And clearly, I’m not great at listening to direction, because I met a big inspiration of mine tonight. And she was a blast!
Inside the beautiful Waterstones New Street, Carrie Hope Fletcher (stage actress, songstress and YouTube sensation) greeted her fans in the way we’ve come to know her on screen, bubbly and full of life.
As she made her entrance, it was clear that an evening of fun and fandom was in store! She explained how her debut book, All I Know Now was a happy accident. A project that started out as a personal blog to act as an extension of her YouTube account. It snowballed faster than she could have imagined, which is where her new venture into books was born.
In each chapter she promises that the reader will get an insight personal life with both graphic and helpful anecdotes. I’m expecting lots of TMI moments and I can’t wait! All I Know Now seems to be a book filled with Carrie’s own experiences that translate to life lessons and advice. She confessed that the chapter she would most want her younger self to read is titled ‘stop worrying’. A piece of advice that I could also use.
The floor was then open up to Carrie’s fans (or Hopefuls) to ask questions. Cue a variety of bizarre conversations involving everything from Doctor Who to fictional boyfriends. Carrie even shared a few pearls of wisdom for success and happiness. Her main piece of advice; don’t be afraid to be cheeky and ask for things that you want.
We were even treated to a few acoustic songs. First up was a cover of We are Never Ever Getting Back Together by fellow blonde songbird, Taylor Swift. Then came the singalong to Boys in Books are Better, an original song by Carrie and one of her most viewed videos. A fan favourite.
It was great to see so many people there and I must say, aren’t we a friendly bunch! While in the queue to met Carrie, my friend and got chatting to the great Waterstones staff and our fellow hopefuls, even swapping a few details to make sure we keep in touch.
When we finally got to met the lady herself, she was beyond welcoming and friendly. It was obvious how much she liked meeting her fans and how she tried to make each conversation different and personal. She’s a big advocate for chasing your dreams and not living in fear, and she’s proof that if you want something badly enough and are committed, you will only receive success, regardless of if that success is professional or personal.
And although I didn’t have the bottle to tell her how much she inspires me, we discussed our favourite ice cream flavours and talked about typewriter necklaces – and that’s good enough for me.
Carrie Hope Fletcher will be doing double duty tomorrow (Saturday 9th May) with two book signings in Waterstones. Liverpool in the afternoon and Manchester in the evening . All I can say is that if you’ve got your tickets for tomorrow, you’re in for a treat! To find out more about the tour, click here.