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 1 - Richelle 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 2 - Richelle 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 3 - Richelle 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 4 - Richelle responds to a question about why she chose to have her vampires hail from Russia and Romania.
Part 5 - Richelle 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 6 - Richelle 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.
Frostbite - Vampire Academy #2
Shadow Kiss - Vampire Academy #3
Blood Promise - Vampire Academy #4
Spirit Bound - Vampire Academy #5
Last Sacrifice - Vampire Academy #6
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.