On October 10th, I headed out to the Arlington Heights Public Library to the Fierce Reads tour. This tour was incredible because the authors were obviously just having SO much fun! I thought I’d share a few highlights and pictures:
- Just look at that awesome cake (the picture up at the top). Isn’t it fun?!
- Gennifer Albin is bloodthirsty. And hilarious. She had me laughing the whole time. One example: apparently, she is constantly thinking about how she could die in any circumstance (things like, “If that beam right there suddenly broke, it would take my head off.”). Yep, just a little crazy!
- Marissa Meyer talked about how she came up with the idea for Cinder because she had a Cinderella dream where the girl’s whole foot fell off instead of just her shoe. She immediately thought, “She’s a cyborg!”
- Jessica Brody was inspired to write Unremembered when she read about a real life plane crash in which a 12-year-old girl was the only survivor. She started thinking about how that could happen and ended up coming up with a whole story about a girl who survives a plane crash, but has no memory of who she is.
- Nikki Kelly was shamed (lightheartedly, of course) for being the only British person on the tour – and the only person who hasn’t read Harry Potter. She was properly abashed.
- Jessica Brody talked about how not to go about worldbuilding. She says that she just kept throwing in fun little details about her main character’s abilities and past – and then suddenly in the third book she had to take all those disparate elements and force them to all make sense. She definitely does not recommend this approach!
- Nikki Kelly started off the tour with “Top of the morning to you!” and then, looking somewhat chagrined, said “I don’t know why I said that. I’m not Irish.”
- Gennifer Albin wrote Crewel for NaNoWriMo on the computers at her local library (because she had accidentally fried her computer). She says nothing inspires you to write quickly like a countdown timer telling you how much time you have left to use the computer!
- Marissa Meyer told us that when she started writing her series, no one thought that YA sci fi or dystopian could sell, but she loved the idea so much that she just couldn’t let it go. Then, just before she released Cinder, a couple of the big YA dystopians came out (Divergent, anyone?). Aren’t we all glad she listened to her instincts?
I bought one book from each author and had them signed! (You can WIN the signed ARC of Lailah – check out the giveaway below. Read my review of the book HERE!).