A few weekends ago I got to travel to London to attend a blogger brunch at Faber & Faber. We got to meet some authors, eat cakes and sweets, and also hear about upcoming books.
First up we got to meet Alwyn Hamilton who introduced her book, Rebel of the Sands, and answered a few questions.
Since I am quite rubbish at taking notes, I missed some of the questions so I'll just give you her responses...
- Alwyn wanted to write a story about a girl who was a sharp shooter, someone who doesn't require additional strength. If you can shoot a gun you don't need to be strong or fast, just know how to shoot. She got her inspiration from 1001 Nights, and added a bit of industrialisation and magic into the mix
- It took about 2 years to write, but she was also working a full time job at the time.
- If she is blocked it usually means she has gone wrong somewhere in the story, so she goes back to see where, and then fix it.
- Research for the book was some factual reading (history) but also fables, fairy tales, and guides.
We then got to hear about the following books. Click on the image to be taken to goodreads for more information. We got to hear a bit of Highly Illogical Behavior with a video from the author.
We got to hear Laure Eve talk about her new book, The Graces, this one sounds AMAZING and I can't wait to get my hands on it. She read some of the book to us and answered a few questions.
We then got to hear about more amazing books...
[Perijee & Me|The Monstrous Child|Time For Jas|Strange Star|Podkin One-Ear]
*covers have yet to be finalised & revealed for several of these books*
We also came away with some tote bags full of books