I had a chance to go to an author event at Anderson’s Bookshop last night with my mom (in celebration of her birthday), so I thought I’d share a quick recap. I’m doing it in bullet-point format to make it easier!
- Adam Silvera just plain makes me happy. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to an event that featured him and not fallen a little more in love with the guy. You know, in an authorly sense—not weird, I promise.
- Adam Silvera + Lauren Oliver is even better! These two are both just incredibly fun and interesting and listening to them chat together is like listening in on two old friends who you just know adore each other.
- They both talked about the struggles of writing and how often the last thing they want to do each day is sit down to write their current book. Not because they don’t love writing, but because it’s hard.
- Lauren mentioned that even after having written so many books (13 plus a bunch of novellas), she still feels challenged each and every time, like she might not be able to accomplish it this time. I actually found this encouraging—right now with my edits (on my own book) I’m doubting myself, wondering if I can make it into something really good. Wondering if I can live up to the amazing advice that the editor at Penguin Children’s gave me. I keep finding more and more flaws… But after 13 books, Lauren says she still does this. This somehow makes me feel much better.
- Adam said with the fantasy he’s currently working on, he got so desperate that he called his agent and asked if he could literally work on any other book. He even tried to pitch them something new. (They said nope and told him to get back to work.) 🙂
- They also both talked about their mental health struggles and how health has to come first.
- Lauren revealed that she’s been on Zoloft for many years and she doesn’t see herself ever going off of it. Sometimes people make comments about that, as if it’s a crutch or something. But she knows better—she has a mental health issue that requires medication. There is no shame in that!
- Adam talked about his struggles with depression and how he was suicidal after his first release—everything just felt too overwhelming. I love that he’s brave enough to share his despair in a time when many people might have felt he should have been more happy. Just goes to show that depression isn’t curbed by circumstances and it doesn’t listen to reason.
- They both talked about their forays into fan fiction when they were younger. (Though Lauren says there was no such thing when she was young.)
- Lauren told the story of her first full book that she wrote when she was nine. It was loosely based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. She not only wrote the book, but she also gave herself a NYTimes blurb, saying the book was “lyrical and heartbreaking.” I’m sure it was, Lauren. I’m sure it was.
- During the signing time, there was an appearance by a cute pup (who belongs to one of the bookstore employees). He’s adorable and stole the show for a few minutes.
One other very interesting tidbit:
While my mom and I were waiting in line to get our books signed, we ended up chatting with the woman behind us (and her husband). She turned out to be Gloria Chao, author of the upcoming American Panda. She told us about the book—which is a contemp about a Taiwanese-American teen struggling to please her parents who want her to be a doctor despite her germophobia. Now I’m incredibly psyched to read it! (It helps that she and her husband are incredibly nice people.)
All in all, the night was a great success and it was a fantastic way to celebrate my mom’s birthday. (Happy birthday again, Mom! Love you!)
Have you met Lauren Oliver or Adam Silvera on any of their tours? Are there any other authors that are just so much fun in person, you can’t help but adore them? Are you planning to read American Panda? I want to know!
I picked up a finished copy of Ringer at the event, and since I already have an ARC, I thought I’d do a giveaway! (US only—sorry!)