Thursday, June 14, 2012

Seven Authors... One Day!

On Tuesday I had an author overload day! But it was a good thing! It's been awhile since the last author event I attended, so I was ready for more.

The first one was at my library (Orem of those interested) I saw Dan and Rob Wells, brothers, who kicked off the summer teen reading program. They were fabulous as always, so funny and so fun to listen to. Hey did you know they have a podcast? And now we can listen to them banter on all the time!

Robison Wells on the left, Dan Wells on the right.

So, they talked a little about what got them interested in reading and books. Rob, who is younger by one year, said he didn't want to follow in Dan's shadow, and since Dan was a good student, Rob choose not to be.. or something like that. And he mentioned that his teacher when he was in 5th grade made them read Tuck Everlasting, The Bridge to Terabithia, and a couple others, and he hated them so bad, he never read another book all through school and just fudged his way through it all. 

That is until Huckleberry Finn, when he decided to read it while at the hospital waiting room... and loved it. So he went back and figured out all the books he missed out on and is trying to catch up and read them now. 

Dan enjoyed reading, and got hooked when he fell in love with the Christopher Robin poems as a kid. Which we all thought was pretty funny (you'll get that if you've read his horror books!)

Then they talked about heroes and villains, and what makes good ones and how they choose their heroes and villains in their own books. Very fun stuff!

Later on Twitter they mentioned that they changed up their original plans for the presentation and they would be doing that on their podcast instead. So click here and you can hear that! (I think they decided the audience ended up being younger than expected and wouldn't get what they'd planned to talk about it. Maybe?)

Anyway, I think these guys are great and I can't wait to tell you about Dan's latest book, The Hollow City, and I can't wait to get my hands on Rob's next book, Feedback

Later that night I went to the other library (Provo for those interested) to the Fierce Reads Tour, which included five debut YA authors. There was a little meet and greet for bloggers beforehand where I just sat back and enjoyed, since I didn't really know these authors or their books (except for one.... Cinder by Marissa Meyer.)

Then we went into the main presentation where they all got to show their book trailers, and tell us about how their book came to be, and then answer a few questions in a panel situation. The sun was right in our eyeballs the whole time! But all I could see was Jenni Elyse's hair right in front of me!!

Then we were able to buy books, and get them signed.. here's the quick picture I took of that. Lovely shot, yes? Not.

Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Emmy Laybourne and Marissa Meyer

I ended up with only one book.... Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. I bought another book for Jenny for her birthday... and then Jenny bought two books, so she ended up with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks and Struck by Jennifer Bosworth. We plan to lend and borrow and get them all read eventually. They all sounded pretty cool and unique and fun, so hopefully our plan works.

So... there's my fun author day! SEVEN in one day! Very fun stuff. So... when's the next one? :)


  1. I had fun with you. Sorry about the water. I'm still feeling pretty bad. :( And thanks for recording the Wells brother. It worked and I got to listen to the whole thing. :)

  2. Sorry all you could see was my hair! But, at least it's purple, right? :) It was a fun event.

    I was only going to get two books and then I won the one and got three and decided I couldn't let the fourth one go by and make that author feel bad, lol. Good thing I already had Cinder so I didn't completely break the bank. ;)

    I still haven't read any of Robinson or Dan Wells' books. I need too. Maybe, for Utah author month. :)

  3. Dan Wells, exciting. He has another new one coming out, nice. I loved his trilogy LOVED IT.

    That was some day :-)

  4. That really was a good day for authors for you! :) Somehow I didn't realize that Dan Wells & Robison Wells were related, even though I knew they were both Utah authors. I'm excited to read Feedback, too, especially after Variant ended like it did!
    It was fun to see you at the Provo library.

  5. That's a lot of authors! Sounds like fun :)

  6. Sounds like a full on but fun day!



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