Event Recap, Author Interview, News, & Giveaway:
Your Next Read at Comic Con #SDCC
Whenever I tell people I went to Comic Con, I always get something like, “Oh, did you go for Game of Thrones?” Hilarious, since I’ve never seen or been interested in it? The puzzled look I give when I say I go for BOOKS is even better. What many people don’t realize is that Comic Con is all pop culture, which includes books. Publishers bring it big at Comic Con, which I’m now bringing to you!
What are Theo, Chip, and Iris Up to After the End of Dive Smack?
I finally had the chance to interview Demetra Brodsky about my fav book of the year! Check it out and enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Dive Smack below!
Monsters, Powers, and the End of the World, Oh My!
Authors from all genres and age focuses come together at SDCC panels. This year I had the chance to attend several book related panels, including some with authors I couldn’t wait to meet!
First up was The Thrill of the Chase, a panel on thrillers, moderated by Brendan Reichs and full of YA and adult authors. We learned how Marie Lu turned the thriller writing process on its toes, about the secret talent of Kerri Maniscalco, why we should ask Brendan Reichs semi-obscure details about his novels, what Demetra Brodsky did before she became an author, and why authors are on FBI watchlists.
I learned how much chemistry the authors at Del Rey books have. Moderated by their shared editor, this panel was full of laughs and unending Pierce Brown smiles (this is why we all came, right? Right). The authors all agreed that Del Rey is great about cover feedback (is that why they all have FANTASTIC covers?!). If I wasn’t loving Del Rey before, this panel would have made me fall in love!
Rules they like to break? “The 2nd book doesn’t have to suck” (🤣), writing a story with 12 POV (🤔😵), co-writing, write a prologue, starting a chapter w the weather, & don’t write something that’s been done. “I feel like every rule has been successfully broken.” 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/0PUg1ezRhN
— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) July 22, 2018
With the 200th birthday of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, there were many events happening around the monster, including a panel featuring Merrie Destefano and Kiersten White. There was a rich discussion of our never-ending fascination with this classic story (hence all the different reimaginings and medium!) and everyone agreed that the book is a genre mashup and there’s something for everyone. Plus, there was a fabulous replica cake. Now we wait for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein…
So later this week comes The Darkest Minds screen adaptation, something YA fans have been waiting for for basically 10 million years. Author Alexandra Bracken moderated the panel of actors and creatives, where we learned that the actors were able to improvise and Amandla would like to steal the van from the story!
See the full panel live tweets here.
I Came, I Saw, I…am now ready for lots of signed book Sundays!
Comic con brings us so many authors – here are just a few that I got to meet!