On May 18th, I attended the Rochester Teen Book Festival! A few weeks ago I gave you part one of my recap on the annual event. I apologize for taking so long in getting this part up as well. But here it is! The conclusion to my time at the event this year!
So in Recap One I told you about my first two sessions, this time around I’ll talk about my last two sessions and the autographs! So. Many. Autographs!
|Kate Brian reading from Shadowlands|
- Okay so I feel totally dumb for not knowing this before, but Kate Brian is a pseudonym! Her real name is Kieran Scott and she has a slew of other books, and ones I’ve seen around and never realized were by the same person! lol Here’s the Goodreads link to her profile
- She talked a lot about her pen name and its marketing strategy, which I found really fascinating because I honestly didn’t know why they were so popular. But basically Brian was an ideal last name because it would be situated between two popular authors. Huh. Pretty ingenious, really.
- She says 95% of a writer’s existence is being alone. Writers have to be okay with solidarity and be able to take rejection.
- She’s an avid outliner and it can take a week or two. She feels it’s the hardest part and can be taxing.
- Most of what she gets down on the first day of writing is dialogue because the characters are talking in her head. The second day is adding the atmosphere, etc.
- She always wanted to explore a sister relationship so she does so in Shadowlands.
- Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) was a 6 revisions book and it is still tough for her to look at it.
- Wrote a lot on and off in Middle School and High School. Wrote some fanfiction. (I love learning about authors who have roots in fanfic)
- The drawback to being published so young was that it was difficult to keep up with revisions during finals.
- Her peak writing hours tend to be from 12am-4am.
- Never Fade is the first sequel she has ever written so it almost felt like she was writing fanfiction. (I can totally see that. lol)
- She brainstorms for months, writing things out in notebooks. She then outlines loosely. She likes to know exactly what happens at the end and then builds to it.
- Romantic scenes are harder because you can fall into cliches and you have to make it believable. Action scenes are easier.
- Early on, everyone tried to talk her out of writing. Reading children’s books to her kids helped her decide to go back to it.
- You don’t get as much creative freedom when you are in the stages of writing with deadlines. It’s important to give yourself time to try different things and see what you click with before that.
- Says 80% of writing is thinking of how things get put together.
- Deadlines put a crimp in the enjoyment of writing.
- She is the Queen of Multiple Drafts. Grave Mercy had 17 drafts over the 5-6 years she was writing it. The sequel, Dark Triumph, has 7 drafts in 10 months of writing.
- LOVES graph paper. Uses it a lot to chart things out, even fight scenes!
- She’s not so sure writers choose to write, it’s just something they end up having to do. ( I love that!)
I have 3 signed ARCs to give away at some point but I’m going to divvy them up to make sure they go to homes that definitely want each specific book. So first up: A signed ARC of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken!
1. Giveaway is US ONLY!
2. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
5. Please follow the entry directions in the rafflecopter. (If you have any questions on how to enter, please ask!)
Oh! Before I leave! I’ve already started my weekly stalking of the website to see which authors will be there next year and EEP! Already excited! Leigh Bardugo and Alexandra Coutts are just a couple of the names mentioned! Better get off my ass and finally read Shadow and Bone this summer, huh? 🙂
*PHEW* That was a long post. Are you still with me? lol Thanks for staying tuned and making it til the end! 🙂