Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Awesome Book Event! Richelle Mead!

Richelle Mead

Last night I attended a Powell's book signing event featuring the fabulous Richelle Mead!  It was awesome to meet her and to hear more about her writing process and upcoming projects.  She read a bit of Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5), answered several questions from the audience, and signed lots of books!  If you would like a signed copy of Vampire Academy, be sure to check out our giveaway post HERE.  Candace from Candace's Book Blog will also be giving away a signed copy of Vampire Academy, so you can enter both contests to double your odds.  :-)

Rather than summarize the whole event for you, I decided to record Richelle's Spirit Bound reading and most of her Q & A session to share with you guys.  (My apologies for the shaky camera work and my noisy camera that creaks and clicks while attempting to focus.)  You can find all seven clips on TheEagerReaders' YouTube Channel.

Part 1Richelle responds to a question about whether her characters are based upon real people. She describes the inspiration for Abe's wardrobe in her Vampire Academy series. She also answers a question about whether she would rather be a Dhampir, a Moroi, or a Strigoi.

Part 2Richelle responds to a question about which scenes she enjoys writing the most.  She also discusses the challenges of working on a scene repeatedly throughout the editing process.

Part 3Richelle talks about the possibility of a Vampire Academy movie now that the film rights have been optioned.  She describes how little input authors have in the movie-making process once the rights are sold.

Part 4Richelle responds to a question about why she chose to have her vampires hail from Russia and Romania.

Part 5Richelle discusses the way short story anthologies typically come together and mentions her story about Lissa's parents in the upcoming Kisses from Hell anthology.

Part 6Richelle responds to a question about where she gets the ideas for her books & mentions a metal dragon sculpture she recently stumbled across in Leavenworth, Washington that captured her interest.

Richelle reads an excerpt of Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5).  This excerpt is from chapter three, and Richelle pauses part way through the excerpt to explain a bit more about how Rose came to be eating a popsicle in that scene.  :-)

The Vampire Academy series is one of my favorite discoveries this year!  I don't know how it took me until May to pick up the first book, but as soon as I finished the first book I couldn't wait to devour the other four.  It is definitely in the running for the most addictive series I've read all year.  Rose is a fantastically  tough and snarky heroine, her best-friend Lissa is charismatic and complicated, and the guys in this series are DELICIOUS!  If you haven't picked up the Vampire Academy series yet, you may want to read the first five books before the sixth and final book, Last Sacrifice, is released December 7th.  To learn more about the Vampire Academy books or Richelle's two adult urban fantasy series, visit Richelle's website, blog, facebook, or twitter.

Vampire Academy
Frostbite - Vampire Academy #2

Shadow Kiss - Vampire Academy #3

Blood Promise - Vampire Academy #4
Add it to your:  Goodreads | Shelfari | Library Thing | Visual Bookshelf

Spirit Bound - Vampire Academy #5

Last Sacrifice - Vampire Academy #6
Pre-order it:  IndieBound | The Book Depository | Powell's | Amazon
Add it to your:  Goodreads | Shelfari | Library Thing Visual Bookshelf

I am excited to check out Richelle Mead's two adult series, her Georgina Kincaid books and Dark Swan books.  In addition to meeting Richelle and having fun visiting with Candace, it was wonderful to see local authors Lisa Schroeder and Suzanne Young again.  Lisa Schroeder has a children's book called Little Chimp's Big Day coming out September 7th.  It looks completely adorable, and I hope to be able to attend her signing event next month.  Suzanne Young's third Naughty List book, A Good Boy is Hard to Find, will be in stores November 25th.  And she also shared a bit of info regarding her upcoming YA novel, A Need So Beautiful (which I cannot wait to read)!  Lisa and Suzanne are seriously the sweetest and friendliest authors ever, and it is always a pleasure to visit with them.  If you haven't pre-ordered their upcoming books yet, be sure to check out the links below.

Lisa Schroeder's:
Pre-order it:  IndieBound | The Book Depository | Powell's | Amazon | B & N
Add it to your:  Goodreads | Shelfari | Visual Bookshelf

Suzanne Young's:
Pre-order it:  IndieBound | The Book Depository |  B & N
Add it to your:  Goodreads | Library Thing  


Anonymous said...

that's so awesome that you got to meet Richelle! I'm so jealous :) Thanks for posting videos!!

baddict17 said...

I am so freakin' jealous!!! I love VA and her Succubus Series. Ugh....so jealous i'm speechless

Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

What a great event--I'm super jealous!

Elena said...

That's so awesome that you met her! I haven't read the books yet. I plan to.

Beverly said...

Can't believe you got to meet her - so jealous! Love the Vampire Academy series!

jeanette8042 said...

Watched all the videos and thanks for recording the event! It looks like you had a great time!

My name is Patricia said...

How AMAZING!!! Jealous! I love Vampire Academy

Variety said...

You recommended VA to me, but I still haven't gotten to them. They are on my to buy list, so, soon. And if you read her adult series, let me know how they are, too.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

I had a friend give me VA a few months ago and I flew through them. Loved them all. I borrowed hers but am going to buy my own so I can loan these out to friends, I love them!

Thats so exciting that you got to meet her!! I'm way jealous.

rbooth43 said...

Thanks for the post about Richelle and the Vampire Academy. What a great interview.

Lyssa said...

I've never been to one of her signings before, but she's been my favorite author for quite some time now! Thanks for the opportunity!

Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic said...

Looks like it was so much fun. I'd absolutely LOVE to meet her someday. :( Maybe someday..

Bwyatt said...

I just finished re-reading the entire series and I CANNOT wait for Spirit Bound! I'm so in love the characters (especially Adrian) and I am just heartbroken over what MAY happen to any one of them. Thanks Richelle!

latishajean said...

I love Richelle mead great writer. What a great interview Thanks for sharing :)

Ladytink_534 said...

How cool! I would love to meet her. Such a cute outfit btw :)

angelatarantula said...

Aw You are sooo lucky!!!! thats awesome!! I would LOVE to meet Richelle someday. Thats so cool how Vampire Academy might be made into a movie!

Joanna said...

its so cool that you met her!!!

Aik said...

Ooohhh, I'm so envious! (Just kidding!)

Kristina said...

Wow, you're so lucky for getting to meet her! She's such a cutie <3. I'm so jealous. :P

Okapi said...

Wow thats amazing! She looks amazing though I haven't read this series yet (it looks superb! It's the next on my list :) )

KIKA said...

I have heard so much about this series and still can't believe I haven't picked them up yet. So cool you got to meet the author! Meeting authors is always an experience :) thanks for sharing! loving all the pics and videos!

Sarah said...

Your so lucky to have met her!

marian said...

that's so awesome that you got to meet her!!!

Pokadots1121 said...

Richelle Mead is an awesome author.You are so lucky to have met her.

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