The Legion Series YA Book Tour:
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl,
Cinda Williams Chima, & Rachel Caine
October 14, 2013
Barnes & Noble, Brookfield, WI
To win a signed copy of Unbreakable and great swag, check out FicFare & Jaime & Erin Arkin’s post. (Ends October 24, 2013)
Four NYTBS authors = an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime night!
(The fabulous Heidi from YA Bibliophile was unable to attend because of the passing of her grandma a few hours before this event. She was supposed to tweet live and post on her blog about the evening, so I filled in for her. Here’s her FANTASTIC review of UNBREAKABLE. )
My “this was so scary good!!!” review can be found on Goodreads.
In celebration of Kami Garcia’s new novel, UNBREAKABLE, the first book in The Legion Series (Little Brown), Kami traveled to nine different cities with some fantastic authors. Barnes and Noble in Brookfield, WI was one of the stops. THANKS TO: Katie at Mundie Moms for organizing the bloggers for each event!
Here are some of the highlights of the evening:
There was a lot of laughter when Kami Garcia gave Margaret Stohl a hard time for not giving her a copy of Margaret’s ARC, IDOLS. (One lucky winner won it at the end of the evening.)
Kami thanked her readers for buying UNBREAKABLE, which hit the NYTBS list this past week!
After talking about their books, Kami led all the authors on lightening rounds of questions including: French fries or potato chips – everyone said french fries. Favorite accessories varied from cellphone (Rachel), rings (Cinda). Classic books you didn’t like: Ethan Fromme (Kami), any James Joyce (Margaret), Hemingway (Rachel).
The authors talked about the writing process. Cinda said that all her books start out crappy, so give yourself permission to write something crappy. She quoted Nora Roberts: “I can fix anything but a blank page.” Kami and Margaret said that everyone has their own process for writing and you have to respect that and not judge that process. Margaret travels a lot and she will spend quite a bit of time observing and writing down detail after detail of something that catches her attention. Rachel said that at the end of the day, if you get the same feedback from several people, then don’t dismiss it. Don’t think that the advice is wrong or dumb. Listen to the feedback and take it seriously. Kami added that if everyone is saying that your ending doesn’t work, then pay attention and change it. They talked about writer’s block. For Kami, this happens when she’s really tired. It helps to get some rest or watch some TV. Rachel will change environments. Which reminds me, Margaret can pretty much write anywhere, including the jungle.
Some of the crowd:
Sarah Weiss, Rachel Kinnard, Jaime Arkin, Erin Arkin
As Kami signed some of Barnes and Nobles’ stock of her books, I asked her a few questions:
1. There are some superstitions in UNBREAKABLE. Do you have any superstitions?
A: Lots! I have a charm necklace I have to wear when I travel. I won’t get on an airplane without it.I don’t like the number 13. If my hotel room has that number in it, I’ll switch rooms. I won’t walk on someone’s grave.
2. In UNBREAKABLE there is the Legion of Five. Does the number five have significance and will we see more of that number in your books?
A: Definitely, but you’ll have to read the series to find out. Also, the number three!
3. What TV shows/movie genres do you like?
A: I don’t watch sappy romances or sitcoms. Give me Ghosthunters, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, or Buffy. I’ll watch action movies, disaster films, and fantasy, but I stay away from most horror films. Slasher movies don’t bother me, but anything that could be realistic like movies with possession, are a NO! Stephan King’s Carrie – the original is one of them most terrifying.
4. From your novel, UNBREAKABLE, who would you choose, Lukas or Jared?
A: My younger self would choose Jared. He’s a wounded soul with lots of secrets and I would have related more to that. Though I will say that Lukas also has his secrets, he’s just more extroverted.
Fun fact: Kami was a huge Tetris fan. Loved to play it. A lot.
To learn more about UNBREAKABLE and THE LEGION SERIES, CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE. You’ll be able to listen to an excerpt of UNBREAKABLE read by Candice Accola from The Vampire Diaries, read reviews, see photos, and read an excerpt of the novel.
Order the novel from:
Amazon Barnes and Noble Indiebound
Take a look at the UNBREAKABLE trailer: