Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the final leg (and perhaps final stop ever?) of the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. Our tour stop featured authors Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Melissa de la Cruz, Kami Garcia, and Sarah Rees Brennan.
I have to admit, I'd never read any of these authors before. I have read authors from previous tour stops (Ally Condie, Kimberly Derting, Beth Revis, and Veronica Roth) and wish a couple of them could have been in PA as well because I own books from all of these women.
|These were just too cute to resist, |
especially at a mere $1.99 a pop!
The event itself was great. All of the authors mentioned a little bit about themselves, then did a pop quiz and gave away fun prizes. They answered a lot of questions and also did a lightning round, opening up the floor to anything and everything, even if it was embarrassing. For me, there were two stand-out questions and responses.
One asked the authors what it was like to co-write a book. It was interesting to hear about a middle-grade Norse mythology series that Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr are co-writing. Um, I want to read it right now. You know how much I love mythology! It was so interesting to hear about the way Melissa Marr sleeps during the day, spends time with her children in the evening, and writes overnight. When she goes to bed, Kelley Armstrong starts writing her part and they swap back and forth. Melissa de la Cruz talked a little bit about co-writing with her husband, and Kami Garcia touched upon the way she writes with Margaret Stohl, to the point that there are sentences with words from both of them or ones that no one knows which author created.
|I loved hearing the story behind this|
super-gorgeous cover! And in person,
Sarah Rees Brennan = sooooo hilarious!
A lot of the authors are currently reading books from one another, though two of them mentioned having just purchased THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray, which released yesterday. I was really happy when Rachel Caine brought up author Kevin Hearne in the same breath as Jim Butcher because I've heard the two compared to one another before and have mentioned Hearne to Butcher fans looking for a new read. It also made me feel guilty because I still have three Kevin Hearne books sitting on my shelf waiting patiently for me to pick them up and read them, though I have read two Jim Butcher novels now, so there is that...
|Sarah Rees Brennan and Rosemary Clement-Moore |
share a funny story.
|Kami Garcia, Kelley Armstrong, and Melissa Marr|
sign some books while chatting with fans.
|Kami Garcia checks her phone and finds out that the|
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES trailer will air Thursday
while Kelley Armstrong signs a stack of books.
Speaking of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, it was announced at the event that the trailer for the movie is going live today at 4:30 p.m PT/7:30 ESTon Extra and iTunes. Check it out! The movie releases on February 13, 2013 and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, and Emmy Rossum. Are you excited/anxious after seeing it?
|Rachel Caine and Melissa de la Cruz hand out swag|
and sign books for fans.
Overall, the evening was a lot of fun, and I'm ultimately happy that I attended, though it still felt weird. Despite the fact that we had torrential rain and a tornado warning, it didn't keep everyone away and there was still a huge crowd that turned out to support the authors. I don't even want to think about how crammed it would have been if the weather had been clear!