NaNo Break: Meeting Marissa Meyer

Hi guys!  I’m taking a quick break from writing (I just hit 16,000 words, which is way short of where I should be, but also more than I’ve ever written for NaNoWriMo before).

Last Sunday I was able to see author Marissa Meyer speak on her tour to promote her new book Heartless, the story of the Queen of Hearts before Alice.  I had already planned posts for this week and next about her wonderful Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, etc), which are a futuristic sci-fi wp_20161113_16_29_47_protake on classic fairy tales (with a little Sailor Moon thrown in).  So this seemed very timely!

She was speaking at the lovely Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, and the ticket fee included a copy of Heartless, which she then signed for everyone.

I’d never been to a talk like this before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I went alone, which was a terrible idea, first because the audience was primarily high school girls (a few adults, too: parents and librarians).  This seems obvious in retrospect, but I really felt old the whole time.  Like, really old.  Also, there were a lot of people there, so I stood in line about 1.5 hours for the signing, and by the end I was quite bored and tired.

Other than that, it was fun and interesting.  She briefly introduced the book and its premise, and because the whole event had a Wonderland theme, she invited several volunteers to the stage for a “tea party” where they showed off their “talents” of singing, reciting poetry, etc.  It was really cute and funny, and Meyer was very engaging.

She then took a bunch of questions, which were primarily about the Lunar Chronicles.  She also mentioned some upcoming projects:

Another reason this post is timely is that Meyer has been a NaNoWriMo participant several times, and many of her books got drafted during NaNo.  When she was signing my book, I mentioned that I was doing NaNo, too.  She asked if I was on track, and I had to say no!  >_< But she gave me some words of encouragement to keep going. ^_^

My name is under the bookmark.  The inscription says “We’re all mad here.” 😀

11 thoughts on “NaNo Break: Meeting Marissa Meyer

  1. N. E. White November 17, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I’m behind, too. But as you said, more than I usually do in a month so go us!

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  2. N. E. White November 17, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Oh – and that’s awesome you got to meet a favorite author! Author events are great to go to, but taking a friend along is nice. You know for next time. 🙂


    • Mei-Mei November 17, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I briefly considered dragging my husband, but I think he might have considered it torture ~_^ I need more local literary friends!

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      • N. E. White November 17, 2016 / 10:09 pm

        I did drag my husband to see Hugh Howey at a bookstore in Berkeley. He just browsed the bookshelves and drank coffee, so it wasn’t torture at all. But if you want someone to enjoy it *with* you, then yeah, writing buddy to the rescue!

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  3. millie schmidt November 18, 2016 / 12:34 am

    That’s so cool! And don’t worry, I’m behind too unfortunately – about 12,000 words behind. But we CAN DO IT!! 🙂

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  4. NovEllaandBanannabelle November 20, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Congrats on hitting 16,000 words!

    Sounds like an interesting adventure, although I wouldn’t have wanted to wait in line that long either.

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