Last week I was lucky to get the chance to attend the Leigh Bardugo and Moira Young event at Birmingham Waterstones High Street. High Street Waterstones have been having loads of great author events lately, I was lucky to meet Laini Taylor in May and now both Leigh Bardugo and Moira Young.
The event was a question and answer session with both authors about their writing styles, problems they had experienced in the past and upcoming books. I was lucky again to attend this event with Jess from Jess Hearts Books and Rachel.
|Rachel, Jess and I being photobombed|
Both authors were absolutely lovely ahd had a great sense of humour, there were many occasions where I was constantly laughing out loud. Here's a brief recap of the event.
Leigh Bardugo's new book will feature five different pov's
Leigh's series The Grisha Trilogy's has been sold to be made into a movie by Dreamworks and will be produced by the producer who made the film Gravity.
Moira Young has also sold rights for Blood Red Road to be made into a film and directed by Ridley Scott
Moira has a small critique group who has supported her. Moira likes to check back on what she has written on the day before. Sometimes she find description or detail of something that she has written before which she can use later on. Whereas Leigh doesn't like to look back at her previous days work.
Both authors were asked about death of characters in their books.
Moira said she normally includes a death when it has a purpose or for a switch of momentum.
Leigh always thinks whether death is the worse thing she could do to her characters.
Moira's husband actually wrote a two page essay on why she shouldn't kill off one of her characters.
Leigh likes to revise her current read, whilst also writing her new book, whereas Moira only focuses on one book at a time.
When becoming a published author Moira did have a lot of good offers, but was waiting for the right person to come along. And then when she met her publishers to be she knew they were the right ones to sign up with. They also had a crow at the meeting too!
Leigh needs to know the name of her main characters before writing
Moira has been constantly writing since 2009 and said you need the occasional break to let you get back to it.
Leigh is looking forward to reading Isla and the Happily Ever after and Sarah Rees Brennan new book.
Both authors were lovely enough to take time out to sign our piles of books.
And take photos with us too!
There was also wonderful bookmarks, badges and postcards that we received from both authors. It was also a great pleasure meeting Nina from Indigo! I've been chatting with Nina through email and Twitter, so it was finally great to meet her in real life!