On November 13 Marissa Meyer stopped by the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library to chat about her most recent release Heartless and of course The Lunar Chronicles. Despite not the best week I trekked down there with my huge bag of books in tow and had a marvelous time. The auditorium was packed with people and completely full making things all the more exciting.
After being introduced Marissa gave a brief description of Heartless which I’ve already reviewed HERE and then asked for some volunteers for a very special talent show. I, of course, stayed firmly in my seat but six other attendees more courageous than me took the plunge. It was a wonderful icebreaker and the audience was treated to impersonations, songs, poems, feats of strength, etc.
With many cheers and laughter tapering off, Marissa then took questions from the audience. A lot of them focused on The Lunar Chronicles since Heartless just came out and I learned a great deal. For instance New Beijing is the setting of Cinder in honor of the very first instances of the Cinderella story came from China. Also Jacin was the most difficult to write since he was so reserved and constantly hiding his feelings. Iko and Thorne were the easiest since there the most out there of the the group.
Now if any TLC character were to have tea with Catherine from Heartless it would be Kai since he’s the most diplomatic of the squad. As for writing Marissa had some great advice. It’s not so much writer’s block but the act of sitting down to write that prevents people from pushing through. She believes in just getting one sentence down and then more inevitably comes. When faced with a barrier, Marissa also suggests jotting down at least 20 possible ideas of what could happen no matter how ridiculous. One is bound to work.
Once the question portion of the event was over it was time for the signing. Marissa was so kind, smiling the entire time as she spoke with each guest. I told her how much I enjoyed Heartless especially all the little twists on Wonderland’s characters and she was gracious to sign all of my books. I also received a Heartless magnet with a recipe for pumpkin chocolate brownies. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Overall I had a wonderful time and Marissa Meyer was so enthusiastic and open about everything. I’m looking forward to all of her upcoming projects especially The Lunar Chronicles coloring book and the Iko graphic novel, Wires & Nerves. So have you had the chance to meet Marissa Meyer? Or do you have a fave author event from the past year? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!