What’s the best part about being a sporty YA author? Meeting and greeting readers, fans, and of course, athletes. Last month, I boarded a plane bound for a SCREWBALL book signing. I was lucky enough to share the Fastpitch Forever Magazine booth with USA Softball Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, Natasha Watley at the Ronald McDonald Tournament in Spring, Texas. The book signing was a blast. I met a ton of fantastic players and the food, softball, and facilities were amazing. Not only is Natasha an incredibly talented softball player and certified best shortstop in the world, but she is super sweet, beautiful, and shared some fantastic stories.What did I learn from Natasha? Besides some inside tips, my fave athletes are the ones who are down to earth, kind, and take the time to connect with their fans. Natasha sat for hours chatting, signing, taking pics, and even hung out with a lucky team before their game. Further reinforcing my absolute love for the game of softball. Thanks, Texas!