Once we got there, the place was PACKED! This is a pretty tiny store (though it’s two floors), and so we were all crowded in this tight space downstairs, but there weren’t many people (had to be less than 50), so it was a lot better. We couldn’t really see Marissa upfront, but we could still hear everything. She said a little bit about her writing process regarding Winter, and then she actually read us the Grimm Brothers’ version of Snow White (which is really dark and creepy, way to go Grimm boys). Oh, and then they did a costume contest for someone to win a manuscript of Winter (!!!) and there was a DAD there who cosplayed as Dr. Ekland (father of the year award, amirite?). After (or before, I can't remember) there was only time for a few questions, and then the hosts set up the signing table.
Some highlights from Marissa’s talk (in my paraphrasing way):
- With Winter, she just kept going and going. She kept crossing the line and writing, and it ended up taking two years to finally finish the book, which was longer than any of the others.
- There are days where she misses the characters. It was a bittersweet ending for her. And she knew she wasn’t finished, so Stars Above happened.
- She’s obsessed with pre-Disney fairytales. It started when she was a kid, after reading the Grimms'The Little Mermaid.
- Question: which character does she relate to the most? Cress! She mentioned being a totally awkward fangirl, like this girl. And that she also uses her imagination to escape real life. Also, after her mom read Cress, she even asked if Cress’ spacing out thing was what Marissa did as a kid.
- Question: her favorite character? She didn’t really have one. She called them all her best friends, but not. BUT she did say that Thorne was the most fun to write.
- Question: which character did she have the most trouble with while writing? Again, she didn’t have an answer because the characters reveal themselves slowly, and she gets to know them through revisions. So they’re all a little difficult to write, in a sense. But she did mention Jacin being a tough cookie. With his defense mechanisms and shutting off his emotions, she said it was hard for her to uncover his character throughout the process.
Afterward, Liz and I hung around. We weren’t in a rush to meet Marissa and have her sign our books. Because there wasn’t a lot of people there, we had PLENTY of time and the hosts mentioned before that we would all get our facetime with Marissa. Plus, we’d driven over 2 hours to get there, so why not stay the whole time? We mostly talked and freaked out about what we’d say to her once we met her. Finally, we got in line once it was dying down, and then it was OUR TURN. omg I was SO nervous. I don’t even remember all of what I said to her. But she was so sweet (as she was when I met her at BEA this past summer), and I had 4 books for her to sign so I had time to talk if I’d stopped being so socially awkward. And, well. But I did get a picture with us both smiling at the camera this time! :D
Have you guys ever been to a book event? Who did you meet and how was it? :)