Author Event: Richelle Mead
Monday night I went to the Tribeca Barnes and Noble, where Richelle Mead was there to read, do an Q&A, and sign books. I have only read the first book in the Vampire Academy series but I am definitely intrigued by it. And what a sweet lady! I was quite taken by her. I didn’t manage to take a picture of this, but there were a lot of people there and a lot of happy teen girls, a few which had made their own VA shirts. It was my first time there in that Barnes and Noble and I felt so out of place, trying to navigate where everything was (cashiers, books, bathrooms…), and not looking like a fool among all those teen girls.
Pictures and my notes are below.
*Richelle Mead started off with a reading from her upcoming Vampire Academy book, and she made sure to choose a passage that wouldn’t be full of spoilers. Afterwards, right before she was about to take questions, she put out a disclaimer, asking the audience to not give away any plot points while asking the questions because she knew that not everyone was up to speed, and if needed, the people could ask in code and she was sure she’d be able to decipher it. I thought that was very thoughtful of her to do, since I only read the first book. As she put it, “If someone finds something out, they’ll be devastated, then I’ll be devastated….”
*When asked about her personal male favorite (out of all her series), she said she wasn’t sure because there are good and bad things about all of them.
*Someone had asked for pointers on being a writer, and she responded by saying that you should write what you want, and don’t fixate on what other people will want to read because it won’t turn out well.
*In the case of characters based off real people, she admitted no; she uses little pieces of herself in all her characters, but she also bases characters off what she has seen in real life. For example, there’s a character in one of her series called Abe, who has a pirate-business look about him, because she went to grad school with someone who looked just like him and was known as “that pirate guy.”
*She did her graduate studies in Comparative Religions, which dealt with history and mythology. And so, Vampire Academy is based on a lot of Romanian mythology.
*On writing her Succubus series, she finds it neat to tell the story from the point of view of an evil creature–it’s the tragic love life of a succubus.
*She would like to try writing something that is based in the supernatural but that won’t be for awhile.
*She knew the end of Shadow Kiss from the very beginning. She has her series outlined book by book, and then chapter by chapter. So even though a lot of readers were affected by what happened in that book, she wasn’t because she knew it was coming all along and she had every detail laid out in her mind already, and it actually didn’t take her that long to wrote. (I am so glad it wasn’t revealed what happened because again: have only read the first book!
*Someone had asked her about who is on the covers of her books and she jokingly responded that she wasn’t sure either. She did remark that she thinks it is Christian on the cover of Frostbite but she didn’t understand the red eyes. She did point out that on the new covers (as seen below) the red eyes have been removed.
I bought the first three books in the series and got them signed, and had the first one personalized. Very excited to continue reading the series….
And speaking of vampires…Vampire Diaries starts up again tonight! Wohoo!