Last Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to go the first stop of the Epic Reads Fall Tour. And to top off my luck, Team Epic Reads (Margot and Aubry) was there too.
From left to right, the authors and their books are Anna Carey, author of Blackbird; Amy Ewing, author of The Jewel; Heather Demetrios, author of Exquisite Captive; and Madeleine Roux, author of Sanctum (Asylum, #2).
Also at the event was Andrea Portes, author of Anatomy of a Misfit. (I couldn’t fit her in the last picture. Margot kind of acted liked the moderator, as you can kind of see in this pic. (Also, on a totally unrelated topic, those shiny covers you see to the right are the new Hunger Games covers… What do you think?)
In the beginning, all of the authors introduced themselves and gave tiny explanations of their books. Some even explained how they came to be. Heather told us that she got the idea for Exquisite Captive from a writing prompt asking her to write about a character that has a problem and for some reason she conjured up an image of a jinni trapped in a bottle. Andrea said Anatomy of a Misfit is based of a true story and serves kind of a like a tribute to her high school sweetheart who had something terrible happen to him.
What I learned
- Almost all the authors don’t plan out their novels besides having a loose outline
- Series require more detailed planning than standalones
- Their characters’ Halloween costumes would be really interesting…
- Anna Carey and the rest of the authors don’t really believe in author’s block
- Most of them believe writer’s block is more of a mental thing
- Their advice on how to work through “writer’s block” is to not give it that name and to just keep writing words, even if it isn’t that great
- Madeline Roux would love to collaborate with Michelle Gagnon
There was more details, but I’m a bit too… busy (yeah, right) to write out a really detailed post. But if you want to know more, just leave a comment and I’ll try to add some more details!
And the signing…
So Princeton isn’t really a huge city so the signing actually went pretty fast. I wanted to buy all five books, but my mom made me choose two. One of the hardest choices I had to make. But in the end I got…
Blackbird by Anna Carey and…
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrious
Overall, I had a lot of fun at the event. It definitely was the highlight of my week, even though it was Homecoming / Spirit Week at my school. Now if only more YA authors would come to Princeton…