Event: Five Good Reasons to Read
Location: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Featured Authors: Susan Dennard, Veronica Roth, Dan Krokos, Leigh Bardugo, Erica O’Roarke
Anderson’s Bookshop hosted five amazing authors on Thursday, August 30th for their “Five Good Reasons to Read” event. Here’s a little recap for you!
We started promptly at 7pm with a very packed house! Fortunately I was able to get a seat (only because I went solo, not because I was super early!) and was able to get a good view of the authors as we got to hear some scheduled Q&A about their featured works.
With five authors, it took a long time to get through questions, but I always love hearing the answers! Then the audience got to ask a few questions (as many as time permitted) and the people selected were given some neat goodie bags filled with swag, a book, and an ARC (all unnamed). Sadly, I was not chosen to voice a question, but I guess the upside is that someone else asked what I wanted to, which was “Where were you when you first got the idea for your book?” and here are the answers:
Susan Dennard: a dream – her brother was kidnapped and the only people to help her was a rag-tag team
Leigh Bardugo: a cabin in the woods where it was “country dark, not city dark” and in the pitch black she thought she heard a creature/someone else breathing (the inception of The Fold)
Dan Krokos: a sci-fi website where he read about fear & a sort of animal-alarm pheromones (hence Miranda’s power)
Erica O’Roarke: in the shower – She was wondering what would have happened in Ron Weasley had to be our hero instead of Harry Potter and how a non-leader (or weaker fighter) would handle it (hence her main character’s personality)
Veronica Roth: on I-94 in Minnesota, listening to a bad Evanescence song, thinking about someone jumping off rooftops but not in a suicidal way
Anyway, I just thought those answers were cool. I always love hearing where the original idea came from! Lots of laughs from Leigh (again – she’s just a joy to see!) and Dan seems like quite the comedian as well. Great to see Veronica Roth and I loved to hear a little bit more about Divergent/Insurgent.
Then it was time for the signing, so I patiently waited my turn (by reading to pass the time, of course) and got my books signed and collected a little swag!