An enthusiastic crowd of mostly teenage girls crowded The Refuge on Memorial Drive in Houston to see their favorite authors in the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour.
It was loud.
I jotted down a few notes, but everything was moving pretty fast, so my words here are NOT direct quotes, just the general gist of what they said. I can barely read my handwriting!
After a wild welcome, the audience calmed down enough for the authors to answer a few questions.
To Cassandra Clare: What inspired you to write The Mortal Instruments series?
A. I was in a tattoo shop and the artist was talking about the origins of tattoos and how people believed they gave power and protection to warriors, and I thought, How can I translate that into modern, supernatural warriors?
To Holly Black: Why are you so awesome?
A. Once Cassandra Clare and I were on a panel where we read some of our early work. Tears streamed down my face at how bad mine was, but Scott Westerfield beat me for the worst writing with his story about a demon in space who solves crimes. So none of us you see up here have always been awesome. It takes work.
To Alyson Noel: How can we get your autograph for your book(s) that haven’t been released yet?
A. I will get bookplates ready to sign when my new book launches.
To Kelly Armstrong: How many books will be in your Other World series?
A. I am contracted for thirteen. We’ll see how it goes from there.
To Melissa Marr: What advice do you have for someone who want to be a writer?
A. Always follow your passions. The more you follow your passion, the more likely you are to succeed.
To Margie Stohl: What is the recipe for Buttermilk Pie?
A. I’ll give it to you soon, but for now it’s a secret! Watch facebook.
To Melissa Marr’s answer above, Margie added: Inspiration and passion is great, but BIC (Butt In Chair) is the only way to become a writer. In my case, it’s BIB (Butt In Bed), but that’s only for the very accomplished BICer.
There were a lot more questions, and a lot more excitement. At one point, the authors threw swag into the audience. The girls went wild! I cowered. And yet I got hit by swag. Look what landed right in my lap:
I have more notes but I have to stop now. Sorry this is so short, but I’ve got to run. I’m off to the Southwest Texas SCBWI conference. I’ll tell you about it later!
Thanks again to Blue Willow Bookshop. Check them out on facebook so you don’t miss their next great event. And thank you to Memorial Drive Methodist Church for generously allowing the Tour to use The Refuge.