Jun 27, 2014

Fierce Reads Author Event, Interview Write Up & Giveaway!

FIERCE READS with YA authors Leigh Bardugo (Ruin & Rising), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14: Savage Drift), and Jennifer Mathieu (The Truth About Alice)!

On Sunday, June 22nd, I had the privilege of doing an author interview for the Fierce Reads Tour that was stopping by St. Paul's Red Balloon Bookshop.

I arrived as they were setting up and was shown the top of the bookshop (honestly, didn't know there was an upstairs, lol) Got all my stuff set up and taken care of, then the authors arrived. I had previously tweeted with Jennifer Mathieu so I knew to look for her, she was A LOT taller then I had thought. We were all introduced and we went upstairs to get settled for the interview. These ladies are just fabulous. Right away when meeting them I felt welcomed and accepted and they were nothing but gracious and humble. 

I had mentioned to Emmy that we had recently featured her on our blog for our monthly Author Spotlight and she couldn't expresses enough how grateful she was for us doing that. These ar the authors you want to support. They are so grateful for everything. 

So once we all settled down, we started the interview. Below is the link to the interview.

(I did my best to edit, we did ramble a bit, but I left that in there because it really helps you get to know these wonderful authors better)

After the interview, it was time for the ladies to take the "stage" and do their thing. 


The even started out with each of the authors introducing themselves and introducing their books. I'm ashamed to say, but I didn't know their books, and I know Jessica and Sana had previously read a few, so I was excited to hear about them. And let me tell you, buy listening to an author describe their books, is an amazing experience, these ladies are so passionate bout their books and makes you want to read everything they write. These books are all on my TBR list, their passion is inspiring.

They went on to describe their main characters and discuss what makes them who they are. There were also questions from the audience and I'm just gonna post somethings from @FierceReads twitter, as they were so much better at tweeting during the event then me!

Favorite Character?

Max is enablers character!

Kurt was  favorite character in her book.

Why yalit?

"All of the coming of age issues are so exciting to explore."

"It's this time where for the first time you're looking forwards and backwards at the same time." -

"I find teenagers to be some of the most fascinating people on the planet. Adolescence leaves it's mark."

"There's this idea that you come of age and then you just arrive. There are these tremendous moments of transition." -

What are you currently working on?

Emmys working on a new book, Sweet. Energy weight loss sweetener. Overdosing drug. Cannibalistic.

is working on a rag tag band of misfits pulls off impossible heist book set in an area near where Shadow & Bone takes place.

Random Facts:

Love letters to the dead is getting a screenplay!!!

Dating sounds like an adventure. Lol survival instincts and target!


It was such a  great experience to meet and interview and listen to all of these ladies. They were nothing but appreciative of our support and I couldn't be more honored to have et them all and CANNOT wait to get down and into all of their books!!

Giveaway is open to US residents, only. The prize is coming directly from the publisher, Macmillan. The winner will win a copy of each authors most recent books! You have until 11:59 PM EST on July 9th to enter. The winner must respond to their email within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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  1. Sounds like you had so much fun! I'm jealous ;)
    The author interview was great! and I freaked out a little when I realised that you were asking my questions! It was great to hear their answers, so thanks for giving your readers the opportunity to suggest questions <3

  2. My pleasure :)


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