So the book signing gods must have heard my cries about the lack of amazing YA book signings in the area because I happened to get an email alerting me to the fact that Lauren Oliver was coming to the wonderful Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA about 45 minutes away from me. AMEN AMEN AMEN! I loved Delirium with a deep, fiery passion and plan to read Before I Fall & Liesel & Po before the end of this year..so you can imagine how excited I was for this event.
I met up with fellow bloggers Vi, Lillie, Jenna and the 3/4 of the First Novels Club — Frankie, Donna and Sara! Ain’t no party like a blogger partayyy! See how lovely they all are! And please notice how tall Lauren is! Perspective: I’m about 5’6.
We got to listen to Lauren read from Liesel & Po which truly sounds like a magical book that I cannot wait to devour and buy for all my little cousins. Lauren is such a laid back and chill speaker/reader and passion seems to be exuding from her when ever she answered questions. She made me even more excited about her books..and pretty much I want to be best friends with her. If I ever made a list of Top Ten Authors Who I Wish Were My Besties for Top Ten Tuesday…she’d be on it. FOR SURE. She’s really sweet and really really cool. And you know what? She carries a Jamie sized handbag! The huge kind that Will gets annoyed when I carry because it takes me hours to find anything. GOOD PEOPLES. She even had her computer in there! For what you ask? She showed us drawings she made so she could show the illustrator who worked on Liesel & Po. After that we had a Q&A session and then she signed our books. I loved talking wedding planning with her! Did you know she’s engaged and getting married about a month after me?? I also told her how the ending of Delirium slayed me. I secretly think she enjoys slaying people 😛
3. Lisel & Po is largely autobiographical and deeply personal. The story came to her after losing her best friend and she was in a “grey” sort of place much like Liesel’s world which is devoid of color and magic. She’s happy that the book finally is out and lives on shelves so that a piece of her love for this friend and be alive within the reader.
4. When asked about how completely different each one of her books is, she explained that she really just writes the stories that come to her rather than stay put in one genre or type of story. (She’s even writing an adult novel apparently!?). She explained that random things set her stories into motion in her head. For example..Delirium. She wanted to write a love story and then she was thinking about the whole swine flu hysteria and how crazy people get over stuff like that and then, whilst on a treadmill, she started thinking about RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME. Yes. Restless Leg Syndrome. And then she thought, “That just means you have legs” and pondered how over medicated society is and how easily people could be convinced that they have some sort of disease or something wrong with them..and then she thought about how love really is one of those things that physically and pysiologically can create some intense symptoms and feelings…more than things like Restless Leg Syndrome! Somehow the story came from those thoughts!
5. Lauren can draw! She tried to downplay it by showing us HER sketches for Liesel & Po compared to the illustrators but seriously, Lauren, you’ve got skillllz.
Anyways, it was a blast and Lauren is so fantastic. You should probably check her blog to see if she’s coming to a city near you!
Now see, book signing gods, Philly bloggers make a showing…please continue to shower us with author love.