"No, I haven't heard that, but I'll keep it in mind. Thanks for the proverbial insight, my stalker friend."
"Yeah, go ahead and get the forbidden garden comment out of your system. And no matter what witty snake joke you're considering? Trust me, I've heard it."
"If there's a Hell on Earth, it's high school."
Wednesday night I drove underneath a sunny sky to Burlington, MA (home of the mall where Mall Cop was filmed.) so I could attend the book signing of Courtney Allison Moulton, Leah Clifford, and Lisa Desrochers.
3 YA authors
3 angel books
After each author read an excerpt of their books, it was time for Q&A.
This is what I learned:
Lisa and Leah are pansters, while Courtney is a plotter. But all 3 had to come up with some sort of outlines for their other two books when they shopped the first manuscript. The pansters admitted their outlines were vague.
All 3 of them got their 2nd books they’d ever written published. (I’m green with envy.)
They believed YA was a void that needed to be filled, and that’s why it’s so popular. Leah and Courtney wrote the books they wanted to read. They discussed YA having a crossover market. Teen and adult readers appreciate the romance. Although the majority of the marketing is aimed at teens, YA books are reviewed in “Entertainment Weekly” too. Because of the crossover, YA is one of the few genres making $.
YA has changed greatly since they were teens. Books are more sophisticated now. They thank J.K. Rowling for upping the complexity with her 5 middle-grade and 2 young adult books in the Harry Potter series.
How did they come together for a 3-book tour? Courtney and Leah were friends before their books sold. At some point they joked they should go on a “Hot boys with wings tour”. Later, Courtney said, “You should come with us,” to Lisa.
This is what else I learned:
1. When you are the author at the table and someone asks a question that’s really a long-winded ramble, you can’t roll your eyes, even when an audience member (me) does.
2. When an author mentions a certain wildly popular series that is either scorned or celebrated, you need to be tactful, even when there are derisive chuckles in the audience (me) regarding the weakness of a certain protagonist.
3. When writing YA fantasy, it’s better to have a trilogy up your sleeve because it’s difficult to sell a stand-alone novel. (Okay, now I’m hyperventilating. Can I make my novel have series potential?)
Because of my two awesome questions (about how many manuscripts they’d written and how they came up with the idea for a 3-author book tour), I got a free Personal Demons tank top:
I got a lovely photo (on top) of the three authors after the poor woman at Barnes and Noble tried to take the picture a bunch of times before she realized I’d stupidly left the camera on video when I’d recorded fireworks on July 4th.
When I exited the bookstore, I was greeted with an ominous cloud, reminding me of the dark themes in each of their books. As I entered my car, lightning flashed in the sky. I
sped drove safely down the highway to beat the storm. Luckily, only a few drops of rain plopped on my windshield. I’d beaten the demons storm.
I’ve got some stuff for you… if you enter the contest:
1 SIGNED A Touch Mortal bookmark
1 Angelfire bookmark
2 Personal Demons temporary tattoos (Team Gabe and Team Luc)
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Love, Theresa xo