I just had the most amazing bookish weekend ever, meeting fellow bloggers, authors and readers at the Brisbane Writers Festival! I’m still coming down from a high, it felt so surreal.
Love YA Festival Highlights
- I got a one on one interview with Cassandra Clare and Holly Black for the Brisbane Libraries! Was an amazing opportunity to chat to them in person!
- Chatted with Holly Black at the end of the festival, where she took the time to chat to us about her trip, the White Cat folklore and gave some inspirational writing advice!
- Met John Marsden, an iconic Aussie writer (Author of the Tomorrow of the War Began series)
- Hanging out and meeting other bloggers and readers!
John Marsden – An Australian icon
I got Tomorrow When the War Began signed by John Marsden! He is such a humble, inspirational and motivating writer that I’ve grown up studying and admiring. Such an iconic Australian writer and it was glad to finally meet him!
Cassie Clare and Holly Black – The Interview
For this event, I cosplayed as a Shadowhunter which I thought was appropriate:
Before Cassandra Clare and Holly Black were due to come on to their panel, I was ushered into their room to do a quick 5 minute interview with them. I did manage to ask them about their trip to Australia and the inspiration for Holly Black’s creepy novels, and who Cassie Clare’s favourite character is. The full interview will be posted on ibrary next week.
Thank you so much to Brisbane Writer’s Festival and Brisbane Libraries for this opportunity!
The Panel and Signing
It was obvious that Holly and Cassandra are really good friends and they had a great chemistry with each other. It was great hearing how they got started and how they came to be today. Here’s the highlights:
- The inspiration for Magisterium was a Rick Riordan book, and they decided that they could write one themselves! David Levithan is the editor of the Magisterium series.
- The inspiration for the Infernal Devices was the blackfriars bridge in London, where Cassie just imagined it shrouded in fog and these creepy, metal creatures.
- Cassie also says the movie wasn’t how she would have made it herself – but she virtually wasn’t involved in it. She liked some aspects of it, like the cast, but other things she would have done differently.
- She also says the Shadowhunters TV series is actually less faithful to the book than the movies (they are made by the same directors as the movie).
- Holly makes detailed schedules in the co-writing process – they both write in the same room using a laptop.
- On co-writing, they both get along well and if they disagree on a scene, they will compromise on a third way of telling it instead of getting into a conflict and pushing their own way.
And then there was a quick lightning round where the audience submitted questions. They read out my question, if Cassie preferred vampires, faeries or mages and she said it was Vampires after some hesitation, lol. The line for the signing was HUGE! After 1.5 hours of waiting, I finally got to the front of the line, and it was totally worth it.
Chatting with Holly Black
Holly Black was such an amazing, inspirational and bubbly person. She was totally amazing at speaking and inspiring all of us with her creativity and talent. I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I do own a lot of them, and I just can’t wait to read them now!
On Sunday, I went in for one of the panels with Graeme Simsion (Author of the Rosie Project). Unfortunately Cassie didn’t show up (it was at the end of the day, and she’d already been at the festival doing 2 other panels and signings) but we did get to chat with Holly Black for about 20 minutes. She told us about how her son accidentally ate coral and encountered a jellyfish at Port Douglas, how she loves wombats and fruit bats, and then retold the White Cat folklore which is what her Curse Workers series is based on. She then gave some inspirational writing tips, which is basically to keep on writing, because nothing promotes your backlist like your frontlist. This applies to blogging as well!
Meeting Fellow Bloggers
I met up with a lot of fellow bloggers, bookstagrammers and people I’ve talked to via the Aussie YA Bloggers and Readers Group (if you haven’t already, you should join by the way) and got to hang out! Had the best time ever meeting Brett, Meleika, Maddie and hanging out with Sarah, Philippa and Anika. Also briefly caught up with Bec, Chiara and had a great chat with Brittany.
Last but not Least, the Signed Books
So happy to add these to my collection! There was a limit on how many books we could get signed by Cassandra Clare, but I’m still glad I got to meet her. She is so talented, such an inspirational person and a huge support to her fans!
Thank you to Brisbane Writer’s Festival for organising another great Love YA event!