15 February 2013

Pitch Dark Days Author Tour


A few weeks ago, Harper Collins contacted me and asked if I wanted to be the guest blogger and cover this author tour. I jumped on it because I was going to meet my Harper contact and I was going to be able to meet four extremely talented authors! So I hightailed it to the very famous HARVARD COOP, and prepared to meet them.


From L-R: Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me, Unravel Me); Cynthia Hand (Unearthly, Hallowed, Boundless); Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky, Through The Ever Night) Brodi Ashton (Everneath, Everbound).

Getting to meet these fab authors was really exciting. I got to ask them questions and found out quite a bit about them as well. They were all very personable and I know they'd been answering the same questions again and again, so I tried to keep my interview short and sweet. I'll post what I asked below. Plus there was a crowd that had shown up.








In this picture below, Alison Lisnow is introducing the authors to the crowd that showed up. I would say that there had to be over 100 people there. It was fabulous!



Throughout the tour, I was tweeting what the authors were saying here are a few of my tweets!

  she did not have the story mapped out. She had a vague idea, but sometimes story took a life of its own.

 lots of people here! 

 people at the author signing.

 Brodi Ashton and Cynthia are talking about each other. Introduction wise.

 Cynthia Hand was born e with own in hand. Went to law school. (this is where swype doesn't work! It should say Cynthia Hand was born with a pen in hand. However, she went to law school.) 

 Tahereh just started writing a few years ago. Do you have any questions? Let me know!

 Veronica Rossi was a painter before writing.

Brodi Ashton is spoiling her own book! 

    omigod we have a hedgehog!

You can actually see the hedgehog in the picture above!

A couple of questions from the audience to all authors was if they had plotted out the all of their books in the series, or if they just wrote it as it went along. It was a mixed bag. They would know where the story was going, but how they got there was the surprise.

Both Veronica and Brodi were wearing the same boots! (bought at Target!)

Brodi had a serious flat-iron incident earlier in the day which is why if you've seen her before she has bangs, and her hair smelled burnt!

Cynthia and Brodi really know each other well and worked well with each other. Most of them were hoping to not get stuck in Boston during the Blizzard of 2013. After the Q&A, they had their book signing.

People lining up!



And a lucky fan who got her picture taken with Tahereh and Veronica!


And here is Cynthia and Brodi with a fan!



Here Tahereh is mugging for the camera because she got a gorgeous mini Red Velvet Cupcake!



Here is Cynthia and Brodi signing books!


All the books are gorgeous in person!

One of the questions I asked was: How did you come up with your main characters.

Tahereh: She had a very vivid vision of a girl locked up. Dirty and scared.

Brodi: She based her character on a classmate who went missing.

Cynthia: She wanted the story to take place in the middle of nowhere and knew that there would be some paranormal theme to it.

All in all it was a very successful outing and I really appreciate Harper Collins for allowing me to be the guest blogger, tweeter and official picture taker! I even had seat that was reserved just for me! I met so many fans and bloggers, all who knew me which was completely surprising! All of these authors were wonderful and very approachable. Tahereh had us in stitches telling us about her character who has a bird tattoo and her brother who has a bird tattoo and her brother was like, "Dude that is all sorts of wrong!" (No lie!). She swore she wasn't sexualizing her brother!

Harvard Square is the epitome of literature and history and it was really great location for this evening. If you have a chance to see these authors at book signings in the future, go, you won't regret it.


















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