Thursday, April 21, 2016

Author Panels - #TLA16

Science Fiction Author Panel
Jonathan Maberry, Barry Lyga, Peter Brown, Rodman Philbrick, and Raymond Arroyo
From left to right - Maberry, Lyga, Brown, Philbrick, Arroyo

So excited to listen to these awesome guys!  I have a bit of a reader crush on Jonathan Maberry after reading the entire Rot and Ruin series.  I tweeted my geeky discovery that his books include really cool snippets that relate back to the Walking Dead series (Sheriff Rick and Carl).  He tweeted back, and now I feel like we are old friends.  :)

Now that I am sitting here listening to the others, I am getting to know them too.  Author panels are my focus today.  I know there are lots of things I could go to so that I can learn about librarian things that are important, but c'mon!  The author panels are calling my name!  So this post is mostly about that.  My obsession with authors and the need to hear them talk about their books in person.  Oh, and picking out cool quotes they have about books, their lives, and just stuff in general.  

Jonathan Maberry
"A character shows up in my head and starts talking to me.  And by the way, if you're not a writer, that's a cry for help."

"Writing YA is much more liberating than writing adult fiction!"

"When I was 11 I was aware that I knew I didn't want to be a little kid anymore, but I didn't know where I wanted to go.  In the Nightsider series, my character was a little like that because he had to become a hero without proof that it was actually possible."

Barry Lyga
"I grew up reading comic books.  I loved it that the characters and the world mattered more than the fact that the stories didn't always go together.  When I started writing, I didn't care about that either.  I just cared about telling the story."

When asked what genre he would consider his reading habits to fall into, "Trash Literature.  Or Dewey number 666."

"I've wanted to be a writer since I was seven years old.  But I didn't want to starve so I decided to be a lawyer and a writer, or a priest and a writer.  And then I discovered girls."

Rodman Philbrick
"When you put me in a genre, just don't put me in the Old Geezer category!  But however you can get kids to read, do it!"

Peter Brown
"There is truth in fiction that you can only get to in stories."

Books in the HMS Library
Jonathan Maberry books - Rot and Ruin series, Orphan Army
Barry Lyga - I Hunt Killers series, Secret Sea (coming soon)
Rodman Philbrick - Freak the Mighty, The Big Dark (coming soon)
Peter Brown - The Wild Robot (coming soon)

Debut Authors
Victoria Aveyard, Julie Buxbaum, Traci Chee, Robin Epstein, Jan Gansei, Christian Heidicker, Laurent Linn, Leah Thomas

From left to right - Buxbaum, Aveyard, Heidicker, Epstein, Gangsei, Linn, Thomas, Chee
Laurent Linn
"YA fiction is all about character and how you change the world."

Victoria Aveyard
 "Red Queen is the first book I ever wrote and finished.  I wrote it when I was 21 and had just graduated with a film degree.  I was still a young adult so this book really fit me."

"Writing is therapeutic for me.  I'm an entertainer, but I'm doing this because it fulfills me at some deep level."

When asked if she was in her book, "To write truthful characters there has to be touchstones from yourself to make the characters feel real."

"Red Queen's original ending included time travel.  I'm so glad I didn't go with that because I don't want to screw around with time travel!"

"Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones meets X-Men.  That's my favorite description of  my book."

Jan Gangsei
" There's a wonderful enthusiasm in writing for teenagers.  I love writing for that age group."

"I was finished with the book, and then my editor and I decided to add a whole new character to the book.  Now she is a favorite character and I'm so glad I did it." 

"Homeland for teens - that's the best description I've heard for my book Zero Day."

Christian Heidicker
"I have a lot of adults admit embarrassingly that they read YA.  And then I get to tell them that I write it."

Traci Chee
"I wanted to give girls a character that they could relate to because I never saw girls who looked like me in books when I was young.  I also wanted the setting to be real even though there are pirates."

"There are about 10 secret messages that I've put inside my book.  I love that my editor let me do that."

Books in the HMS Library
Victoria Aveyard - Red Queen series
Jan Gangsei - Zero Day
Traci Chee - Reader (coming soon)
Leah Thomas - Because You'll Never Meet Me (coming soon)
Robin Epstein - Hear (coming soon)

Fantasy Retellings Author Panel
Liz Braswell, Samantha Mabry, Lisa Maxwell, Marissa Meyer, Joy Preble, Liesel Shurtliff

From left to right - Mabry, Meyer, Preble, Braswell, Maxwell, Shurtliff
Liesl Shurtliff
"There are no rules to world building until the end when you need a lot of rules.  There are no parameters in the beginning, and then I need to make sure the world makes sense to the reader."

"The miller's daughter, in Rump, has an annoying habit of flicking out her tongue (like my little sister).  Then I had a bunch of readers question that.  In Jack, I gave her a reason for having that habit.  So I turned my mistake into something interesting."

"Stories are like holding up a mirror to ourselves and finding out what we need."

Marissa Meyer
"You need to create a world that your readers want to spend time in.  J K Rowling is my world building idol."

"As writers, it's your job to never give your reader an excuse to tune out.  You have to create authenticity."

"Everyone has fears.  But in fairy tales, we can explore the darkness and then we have hope that in the real world it will all turn out ok."

Lisa Maxwell
"I think there's a part of us that likes inching up to the darkness of fairy tales."

Liz Braswell
"I would rather bend my plot and characters around if it means that the world I'm creating becomes more believable."

Books in HMS Library
Mabry - A Fierce and Subtle Poison (coming soon)
Meyer - Cinder series, Heartless (coming soon)
Preble - Sweet Dead Life, Dreaming Anastasia, It Wasn't Always Like This (coming soon)
Maxwell - Unhooked (coming soon)
Shurtliff - The True Story of Rumplestiltskin, The True story of Jack (coming soon), The True Story of Red Riding Hood (coming soon)
Braswell - Once Upon a Dream, A Whole New World (coming soon)

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