Yesterday night was the Fantastic Teen Reads book event featuring Neil Shusterman, Alexandra Bracken, Kate Brian, Brittany Geragotelis, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Cristin Terrill at Books of Wonder. I went there a little too early, grabbing myself a front row seat, meaning there are better pictures of the authors just for you!
I also met up with Elena from Brown Eyed Bookworm, who was attending her first ever book signing! I hope she enjoyed it!
Now onto the event itself. Every author (except for Neil Shusterman who already had an excerpt planned) read an excerpt of their book, letting any person from the audience pick a page number. Someone happened to pick a very juicy page from Alexandra Bracken’s Never Fade, but she refused to read that page because of SPOILERS. (This is the first book signing with TONS of spoilers told by the authors was they were introducing their book by the way.) Neil Shusterman read a very long excerpt about music, chain saws, and rocks.
Neil Shusterman talked about how Unwind was supposed to be a standalone, but he decided to write a sequel, Unwholly. However, he felt like one book won’t fit it all, which is where Unsouled comes in. However, his draft of Unsouled came out to a whopping 624 (or was it 623?) pages with a rushed ending, which he decided to split it into another book, making it a “dysology” – a combination of “dystopia” and “trilogy” he explained. Plus, the word wasn’t already taken in the dictionary.
Kate Brian was the daughter of a freelance journalist and she absolutely hated that because sometimes her family were rich while other times her family was dirt poor. She swore that she won’t have an unstable job like her father and became an editor. However, as she was working as an editor, she had the talent for finding where the story were astray and other editors would come to her for help. Kate Brian eventually gave in and decided to write her first book – the He Said She Said series that’s not on goodreads. Katie Brian also said that she has at least 20 different other story ideas just waiting for her to write.
Brittany Geragotelis said that she had a huge imagination. The idea of Life’s a Witch came to her when she was thinking about all the women in the Salem Witch trials who were executed and wondered – what if the people accusing the women of witchcraft were witches themselves, only from a different coven? Life’s a Witch was born from there.
Tamara Ireland Stone meant for her series to be seven, eight, even nine books, but her fabulous editor convinced her otherwise. Tamara is really happy about that because if her duology was longer, it will not turn out the way it currently is.
Cristin Terrill said she never meant to be writing – her mom hated her past career working in the theater and was constantly urging her to change her job, suggesting she be a dog-groomer, a novelist, whatever. Cristin said her her mom is very smug now that she was right about Cristin being a great novelist.
Cristin Terrill says that she basically steals ideas from other things – for example, she explained that once she was watching The Terminator and was intrigued by the robot. Several days ago, she had also watched Mean Girls and was wondering, hey, what if it was a teenage girl that was the robot from The Terminator? All Our Yesterdays came to life from there.
The authors also talked about their struggles to get published. Neil Shusterman came up with stories when he worked at a camp and kids loved his stories. He decided to get published – and was rejected by at least 30 publishers he said. He luckily kept trying though and got accepted.
I also got some books signed.
Now time for the giveaway!
I recently (okay, not recently but a long time ago) reached 1,000 followers on Twitter and forgot to hold a celebration to celebrate. Here it is now. :D
All of you wanted a chance to win a SIGNED copy of All Our Yesterdays and I delivered!
(Cristin Terrill was very flattered to hear that you all wanted a chance to win a signed copy of her book by the way. ;D)
Terms & Conditions:
- This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
- The giveaway will run until November 15, 2013.
- You must be 18 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
- All your entries will be disqualified if you pickup entries for something you haven’t done. (I had to do this for so many of my last giveaways, please don’t make me do this again.)
- If you only use ONE account to do all these tasks and enter under different names, they will still only constitute as ONE entry.
- If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
- I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.