Friends, there are some authors who you leave work early to go see. Some authors where you volunteer to take every crappy task at work just so you earn karma enough to take off before 5 p.m. For me, that author is Kristin Cashore. Wednesday afternoon I took a half day at work in order to drive downstate with co-blogger Allison to Oblong Books & Music to go see one of my favorite authors EVER, and you guys, it was worth every minute, it was worth leaving early, it was AMAZING.
First, I want to talk a little bit about Oblong Books. The location I went to was in Rhinebeck, NY. I always find myself driving 2.5 hours just to go to their YA events, because Iย know it will be worth it. Oblong Books is the kind of store where as an adult you can wander the YA section and not ever feel shamed by the employees for reading books intended for teens and kids. Plus, the owner is a passionate reader and YA fan and it is absolutely reflected every time I go there. It’s an independent store that I wish was geographically closer to me, but one where I am GLAD to pay full price for books because I know that increases the likelihood of more great YA events.
So, big huge thank you to Oblong Books for hosting such an awesome event.
I am betting you want to know what I learned about Kristin Cashore while at the event, yes? BOOM I GOT BULLET POINTS!
- She writes her books by hand and transcribes them into word using voice recognition software. She then edits the print outs.
- Kristin brought her notebook that contained the end of Fire and the beginning of Bitterblue. There was A LOT crossed out.
- The first draft of Bitterblue took 7 notebooks. It is 770 pages long and took her 3 years to write.
- She re-wrote Bitterblue on the print out — she crossed out every line and wrote in the space between the lines.
- Bitterblue went through 5 drafts.
- Kristin Cashore’s advice to writers: “Just keep writing.” She really emphasized failure and how you keep going.
- Her characters are the ones who drive the story. She told the audience about having to reign in Po. He would start talking and going on tangents and Kristin would often think ‘just shut up!’
- Kristin Cashore also has wicked good taste in authors. She was influenced by Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley.
- What’s next for Kristin Cashore?: A contemporary realistic book written in first person that is a very different voice from the Seven Kingdoms books, and also very short. It’s only 250 pages. Also? Another fantasy, set in the same realm but that may expand the map again.
- More advice from Kristin: ‘Never surrender — don’t give up.’ You learn to write by actually doing writing, not research.
I have to say that I was so incredibly starstruck by Kristin Cashore because her trilogy is one of my favorite series EVER, but she is legitimately nice and kind and intelligent and fascinating. I remember walking out of the signing with co-blogger Allison and remarking to Allison about how impressed I was by Cashore’s personality.
So friends, my starstruckedness IS ALSO YOUR GAIN TOO! That’s right. I picked up a second signed set of the trilogy to giveaway to YOU. This contest is international and ends 5/17/12. Obvi, it’s a Rafflecopter contest.
Here are three good reasons why you should enter:
Disclosure: All prizes/signed books were purchased. SUPPORT INDIE BOOK STORES, HOLLA!