Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Meeting Cinder author Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: January 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 0312641893
Pages: Hardcover, 390 pgs

Buy it: Amazon | The Book Depository
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Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future

About Author: read her blog, follow her on twitter and become like her facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Jenni Elyse.

Meeting the author:
I had the privilege of getting to participate in a book blogger interview with Marissa Meyer while she was in Utah for a few signings. These smaller intimate gatherings are AMAZING. I realize authors are real people too but there is just something about getting to sit down and visit with someone who has created this incredible masterpiece. It was a real pleasure. She even brought along her husband Jesse who was kind enough to let us ask him some questions too.

The great thing about finding a good book is when there are others that follow. There will be four books in this series. Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Crest (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White) which will all follow the Lunar. All books will be released a year apart.

It seems that a lot of people associate music with writing so the question came up but Marissa said she'd prefer not to write to music. However when she's trying to brainstorm she'll lay on the floor and listen to classic or alternative rock.

After the blogger gathering Marissa Meyer then spoke to the crowd that had gathered for the signing. And told us more stories about her path to publication which included once writing over 150,000 words in a month to try to win a walk on roll to Star Trek. Ok back up. 150,000 in a month? Are we all aware that that is around 5000 words in a DAY! This woman amazes me.

One of my favorite stories she told us was the day of the release she drove over to a local bookstore to sign some stock but the owner could only find all the copies but one. Later, on her way out, she noticed a patron sitting in the chairs at the store reading her book, the missing one they couldn't find. On the day of it's release. At 8:30 in the morning!


Lauren said...

She came to the school I teach at to talk to a small group of students in the library. She seemed like a fun person and I enjoyed listening to her talk about the process of writing to students...especially since many of them struggle to write. Great opportunity for you to meet her, too. I need to get my hands on this book but it keeps getting checked out at the school library!!

Barbaloot said...

I love meeting authors---that looks fun. And sounds interesting.