Inspirational author, Erin Healy, asks the question: Is there anyone in your life you’ll never be able to forgive?
My novel Never Let You Go grew out of this question. I’d been thinking a lot about forgiveness, or more specifically, unforgiveness, after pondering a strange encounter.
Sure lots of adults (like us!) are reading YA, but are the stakes different when teens start reading adult books? And what about when their favorite authors write for both age groups?
We had lots of questions, which is why it's a good thing that we participated in the BEA panel, YA Authors Crossing Over, on the Midtown Stage at the Javits Center this Wednesday.
Authors Melissa Marr, Stephanie Kuehnert, Michele Jaffe, Jennifer Donnelly, Jeri Smith-Ready and RT Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi
On Thursday at the Book Expo of America, graphic novel experts gathred for the panel "Big Name Authors with Graphic Novels: How Will This Change the Market?" Read on for part of their discussion.
Top Row: Rich Johnson, Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald Bottom Row: Michael Martens, Carol Fitzgerald and Judy Hanson
Suzanne Collins is kind of a tease.
There! We said it. We feel a little better now.
The diabolical (and diabolically talented) author read the first few pages from her upcoming Hunger Games trilogy ender, Mockingjay, Wednesday night at a Scholastic party in her honor.
The first few pages of Mockingjay. And they are good. We can't reveal much more, mostly because we promised not to, but also because we were so entranced all we really recall for sure was looking at each other and mouthing the word "AWESOME" as she finished reading.
The rest of the BEA crowd, who'd traveled downtown to the Scholastic rooftop in Soho, seemed to feel the same way, as excited whispers broke out through the crowd when Collins slyly pulled a few manuscript pages out from her copy of Catching Fire.
"Why, what's this?" she teased before delving into the Mockingjay opener.
Today RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus and RT Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan caught up with four fan-favorite authors at the Book Expo of America: Debbie Macomber, Carla Neggers, Rochelle Alers and Beth Kephart. Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of the blog post!
Author Debbie Macomber was signing copies of her latest release Hannah's List. Even after Macomber ran out of books, fans were still lining up to meet her. The widespread appeal of Macomber's fiction is undeniable. One fan even exclaimed, "You can't personalize it - I have to share your books!"
After the signing was over, Macomber had a few minutes to answer questions with Whitney.
WS: What was something that was new, or different, while you wrote Hannah's List?
DM: There are portions of the story which are written in male first person point of view, which I've never done before.
In a world overwhelmed by environmental disasters, terrorism, and corrupt government regimes, it is interesting that readers would turn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for their escape. However, more and more readers are doing just this. On Wednesday morning at BEA, four authors took on the topic of dystopian fiction and how they write about the breakdown of society.
Authors Allyson Condie, Sigrid Nunez, Lesley Hauge, and Adam Dunn
They spoke about the influence of their audience on their writing:
Slaughter said that she satisfies herself first, "I write what I want to be writing, not what I think fans want."
Cronin thought of himself as a reader while he was writing The Passage. "I was feeling nostalgic for the great big fat stories ... plot driven stories" that he loves reading, so he took that mindset to his writing.
In order to control the quality of his work, Child writes every story "as if it is my first book and my last book."
They also discussed the nature of expanding a series:
Child cautioned, "with a series the huge danger is getting lazy ... or falling in love with a character" as these two sins ineviably kill a series.
Cronin knew he needed three books to tell this story, but it was "just an idea - this wonderful toy I could play with and see what happened."
At this afternoon's author signing at the BEA, fans were in for a real treat. Authors were signing books, answering questions and enjoying the chance to meet readers. RT Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan caught up with Richelle Mead, Anna Godbersen, Justine Larbalestier and Cecily von Ziegesar to talk with them about their new projects and the convention so far. Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!
While Richelle Mead was signing, she took time to bond with fans over their shared Michigan roots, commiserate about the weight of everyone's bags, and share that she'll be at the RT BOOK LOVERS CONVENTION in L.A. in 2011. Meade was excited to learn that fans are already buzzing about the cover of her next title, The Last Sacrifice.
At the "You're Reading That?!?" Adult/YA crossover panel this morning at BEA, Barbara A.Genco of Library Journal hosted a collection of authors and industry personalities. Genco kicked off the panel by talking about the enduring power of crossover reading material saying, "YA authors continue to strike a chord with adult audiences." Each panelist went on to discuss a different aspect of the idea of Adult/YA crossover reads.
Lizzie Skurnick, columnist and author, among other titles, Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, said, "we can learn about the future of YA from what books for childred used to be." She spoke at length about how the way that teens used to read adult books (noting Jaws and Clan Of The Cave Bear as two such titles) and now adults read teen books.
This week we are attending the annual conference run by BookExpo America (BEA). Each year industry professionals from publishing houses, bookstores, libraries, and of course, authors, gather together to discuss the latest in publishing. Follow the RT Staff as we spend the next two days at BEA 2010!
There are discussions and panels on all things publishing. This year the focus is on book format innovations, sales trends and genre news. And of course, there are lots of authors to meet and books to learn about.