Oh the crazy hijinks involved in getting to the event was enough to make me want to call it a day. (Word of advice: when going somewhere new, make sure your navigator can actually navigate!) But the prospective panel of authors and the books they’d written was enough to get me there.
Anyway! This stop on the Fierce Reads tour was at Wellesley Books in (you guessed it!) Wellesley, MA. This leg of the tour features S.A. Bodeen (The Compound, The Fallout), Alexandra Coutts (Tumble & Fall), Leila Sales (This Song Will Save Your Life), and, guest author, Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlet). Bodeen, Coutts, and Sales all had new books released last month. (Check out the books and keep an eye out for my reviews on a couple of them.) The panel was located in the basement of Wellesley Books. A great space, filling up easily with many fans, friends, and family members.
An interesting insight into the author’s processes was from the first question. Meyer and Coutts were both plotters, authors prone to making lists and outlining the overall plot before writing. Sales is a “panster”, where she “flies by the seat of her pants” and writes. She heavily edits as she writes, which helps with the editing process later on. Bodeen’s response was charming:
“I am a sucky writer. I’m really not a good writer. But you know what? I am a champion reviser. I’m really good at revising. So if I can just pop the stuff out there, then it’s like I put on a different hat and it’s like ‘Okay, now I can go to work’.”
It’s not so much that it was a rare response, but Bodeen said it in such an unique way that jived with me. (How many BM readers out there are also writers? Which author would you say you write the most like?)
My favorite question was about the authors’ preparations/plans for the zombie apocalypse (or your normal, zombie-free apocalypse). Marissa Meyer’s response was well thought out:
“My husband and I actually have thought this through. … We have an attic above our bedroom that we will hop up in and pretend like we’re not there. And then when it gets quiet and we think that it’s safe – we actually live in the same cul-de-sac as my husband’s dad and stepmom, and his cousin and his wife. We all plan to head over to my cousin’s house because he has the biggest house. And they figured out: my husband’s going to go to the hardware store to get seeds to grow our own food, I’m going to the liquor store to get liquor and it will become currency, and, yeah, everybody has a job.”
A good plan! Coutts and Bodeen has similar sentiments where they’d live out their final days doing/eating as they wished with no concrete plans for survival.
There were many, many interesting questions and answers. All the authors made the events worth going to, and if any of them are ever in your neighborhood (and you’ve read/thought about reading one of their books) go to that event! And to commemorate this lovely time, I’m sharing the loveliness with you all by giving away a signed copy of This Song Will Save Your Life. With it you’ll also get the Fierce Reads poster that’s partially featured in that first picture. The giveaway runs until October 23rd, and is only open to residents of the USA.
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