Pat Benatar's fans are thrilled to meet her at book signing

Whenever Carrie Arnett wants to sing karaoke, she picks Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

"It's my song," she said.

Arnett showed up at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas, where she was first in line for the Pat Benatar book signing, which didn't start until 12:30 p.m.

Arnett stood in front with four copies of Benatar's memoir, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place," excited to meet the performer she listened to while growing up in Osborne, in northwest Kansas.

Sherri McElroy, who was second in line, said Benatar seems like such a normal person, so fans can relate to her.

"The fact that she loves her husband, her children and just the process of making music — that's something any working woman and mother can admire," said McElroy, who also had tickets to Benatar's concert Tuesday night at Intrust Bank Arena.

The line for the signing snaked around the store and spilled outside. Watermark owner Sarah Bagby said about 300 people attended the event.

She said the turnout was large because Benatar started her career when not many women were rock stars, and she is still a dynamite performer today.

"She did an amazing job of it, so it's no wonder she has so many fans," Bagby said.

Fans of various ages turned out for what Bagby called an intergenerational event. Haley Sauder, 19, who stood in line with two copies of the book, said she's been excited for the signing since she saw a Facebook ad for it.

Sauder first heard Benatar's song "Love Is a Battlefield" in the movie "13 Going on 30." After telling her dad she liked the song, he bought her Benatar's greatest hits CD, and Sauder said she's been hooked ever since. Her dad also bought her tickets for Tuesday's concert.

"I like her music and her style," Sauder said. "It's a different style of rock."

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