Event Recap: Fierce Reads Fall 2013 Tour

FR2013 booksOh 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.

FR2013 2Anyway! 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.)Β 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 BMFR2013 3 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! Β 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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Author: Kim

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0 Replies to “Event Recap: Fierce Reads Fall 2013 Tour”

  1. Yay! Sounds like you had an awesome time at the event. If there was a zombie apocalypse I’d try and get to a Walmart super-center or something similar and barricade myself in and hope that I didn’t die.

    1. It was wicked fun.

      Oh. I like that. A nice place where you can get necessary supplies

  2. I think I’d go traveling, drinking and all other things I’ve never tried before.:)

    1. Right on! (:

  3. Of course I have plans for the zombie apocolypse! Who doesn’t? I plan to wait out the first wave, making sure all windows and such are blockaded and that my family and I have enough food. Then, I would hit up the nearest Costco and just stay there.

    I think it’s pretty funny how Marissa Meyer really does have a plan all thought out.

    I am glad that you had such a great time at the event. I adore going to author signings.

    1. Reasonable plan. (:

      There’s something magical about going to author events. πŸ˜€ I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves them.

  4. Bug Out and gather supplies and weapons. Find shelter. Reinforce and bunker down. Survive.

    1. Sound plan. (:

  5. I need to go to Europe and stay there because I’ve always wanted to go visit! πŸ˜€

    1. Haha, you’re right. Might as well try and survive someplace you’ve always wanted to go to.

  6. So fun!! Yes, I’m jealous. πŸ˜›

    1. It was super duper fun! πŸ˜€ I have many moments of jealousy over people going to fun events, so I know how you feel. πŸ˜‰ (One of my friends got to meet and have dinner with Rick Riordan; I was green with envy for a week.)

  7. Pretty sure i’d be screwed if the zombies came lol. I have no athletic ability and would be the idiot who tripped over nothing. πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha, me too! But I’m a superb planner. So preparation for this is about all I can do and then just hope for the best.

  8. I saw somewhere someone describing setting up a bunch of treadmills facing away from your house surrounding your house (run on generators) so that all the zombies would keep getting kicked away from your hours. That seems like as good an idea as any, so I think I will try that out haha

    1. Oh. That’s one I haven’t heard before. That’s interesting.

  9. Wow! Marissa Meyer sounds super prepare. πŸ™‚ I have no plans in the event of a zombie apocalypse except to run for my life.

    1. Yup. True facts. Running for your life is a solid plan.

  10. Zombie apocalypse plans? Stocking up on claymores and grenades. :]

    Actually, I just got “The Zombie Survival Guide,” so I should probably read that. πŸ˜›

    1. Haha, sounds like you’ll be able to get properly prepared with that book. πŸ˜‰

  11. We have tons of plans, getting out of the apartment is probably the biggest problem!

  12. Yes, go to my mother’s immediately. She has food stocked up! (Not for the ZA, just in general.)

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