This past Wednesday night, January 18th, I was lucky enough to go straight down after work to RJ Julia's independent bookstore in Madison, CT to meet YA authors, Lauren DeStefano and Beth Revis. :)
If you do not know anything about these authors, Lauren DeStefano (pictured on the left) wrote the dystopian novel, Wither, and Beth Revis (on the right) is the author of the science fiction novel, Across the Universe. Each of these books is the start of a trilogy and so the two authors teamed up to promote their second books. A Million Suns by Beth Revis actually came out last week, so I was able to buy a copy and have it signed, but Lauren DeStefano's book, Fever, doesn't come out until February 21st, so I got a signed copy of Wither instead. (For more information about each of the books, click on the title and it will take you to the book's page on Amazon.)
It was super interesting to go to this particular author event, because Lauren and Beth didn't each talk about their own book and then answer questions. They let the audience ask any question they wanted and then they both answered (and sometimes argued, lol!) and bounced a lot off of each other.
We ended up talking about how science fiction is becoming a larger trend in YA, how people are interested in reading about characters that live in broken societies (like Wither or The Hunger Games) because we are afraid of what our own government might do in the future, Lauren's really cute shoes and their matching hair feathers, writing in general, and the pressures of publishing a second book. It was a really fun and interesting time! I felt so lucky to be able to go. Meeting authors is one of my favorite things to do whenever I get the chance. :)
For more information about Beth Revis, you can check out her website, here: http://www.bethrevis.com/
For more information about Lauren DeStefano, you can check out her website, here: http://laurendestefano.com/