Hello everyone, Candace here!
here.} I attended Saturday and then Sunday my daughter was sick and then I got sick later in the day anyway. So my recap is just of Saturday (sadly). I have been attending events in the Portland area for a few years now (almost 5) and have a large circle of book friends in the community. Many are bloggers, some are teachers, some are librarians, some are booksellers and some are just people who love to read and attend a lot of events. I was telling Shelley (Tsk, Tsk, What to Read) that it's like a family reunion each year at Wordstock because I see people through out the year at events but almost everyone attends Wordstock.
Be warned, all photos are taken with my iphone (certainly not the newest version!) and are rather crappy. Lighting had much to do with that as well.
On Saturday I arrived a tad late but after checking in went
Things asked were:
- What was your first love, music or books? Most of them said books, and it seems for the most part that was because they were from musical families and books were more of an escape.
- How does being a musician affect your writing? Kari says music and writing go together, she always listens to music while writing. Emma says she listened to Hospice by the Antlers and that it's super super depressing but she listened to it constantly while writing CODA (I did not look to see if I have that music correct, so correct me if I'm wrong). Sean said he stopped being a musician when his daughter was born 8 years ago and now he writes instead.
- Can you listen to music while writing? They all yes, though Kevin said recently not so much.
- Playlists in books (I don't recall how this was phrased.) They all have music themes in their books. And all their books have playlists. Kari's is 80's music.
Next up I ducked into 'So Much for Normal' (a bit late) for S.A. Bodeen 'The Compound' and 'The Fallout', Anne Osterlund - 'Salvation' and Keary Taylor - 'What I Didn’t Say'. This was moderated by Sara Ryan.
I didn't take notes in this one as I was standing in the back of the room but this is what I'm remembering.
- Coincidentally these authors are all female but write male POV. One audience member asked if that was challenge and it didn't really seem to be. Anne says it doesn't matter if it's male or female for her, it's just being that character.
- The books mostly take place in small towns and Anne said she felt like you couldn't really write about a small town that you grew up in. Though Keary wrote her book in the town she currently lives in, though she didn't grow up there.
- There was talk about how the financial situations impacted their books and in Salvation Anne said that everyone is poor (though she worded it differently) so there's not that issue since everyone is having tough economic times.
The next panel was the one I was most excited for and I squeezed in there as quickly as possible! This one was 'Captivated by Contemporary' and had Corey Haydu - 'OCD Love Story', Gayle Forman - 'Just One Year' Just One Day #2, Miranda Kenneally - 'Things I Can’t Forget' and was moderated by Stephanie Perkins - 'Lola & The Boy Next Door'.
I love all of these ladies so this was VERY exciting!
- Stephanie brought up parental relationships in books and how their books, for the most part, have parents present. Miranda says she had parents that were present so it seemed only natural. Corie says parents are important and she's a Gilmore Girls fan (I take it she drew inspiration from that- and can I only say, she's a girl after my own heart! I <3 Gilmore Girls!). Corie also said she likes unique and off the beaten path parental relations. Gayle says she was a parent when writing If I Stay and it had a lot of influence in it. Parental back-story is integral and you can't tell a story without family. She also commented a bit about Alyson and Willem and their parental relationships and how they are important but they aren't easy, they are a little more rocky, I guess.
- Next up was friendships. Corie said mistakes are natural and it doesn't make a person a bad person when they make them. If you read OCD Love Story, you'll get that. I'm not sure how to really explain it, but in the book her friend could be seen as a bad guy and a good guy. Gayle says that Melanie and Alyson have a complicated friendship as they are going through transition. And Willem has a great group of friends (you'll see that once you read Just One Year. ;) Miranda commented that some didn't like that she had so many characters and she said that's real life. When you go to school you run into more people then just a few friends. (Personal comment- I think that it's great that her books are all
- Sex in YA- Gayle said she likes when there's healthy sexual relationships in books instead of always books about consequences. Not everyone who has sex is going to end up pregnant, broken hearted or with a disease. There can be healthy sexual relationships as well. She likes the duet books because she can show us both sides of the story. Miranda said that no one talked about sex as a teen so she likes to include it but show the right way- not because someone is pressuring you, but part of the teen experience.
- Next up we talked about lovable jerks. Gayle was very firm in that Etienne is NOT a jerk. But males make mistakes too. They are wounded but lovable. They are a fuller character with different sides and more depth. More well rounded. They need the goodness inside though, they can't just be a jerk.
- Someone (my lovely friend Angel, actually) asked if they ever see their characters in people. After
There was a bit more discussion, but it's getting long so I'll leave it at that. I then went and got my books signed. I had actually had Stephanie Perkins sign mine a bit earlier when I had run into her so by this point we were practically old friends ;) We'd seen each other around a bit. BTW, she has the CUTEST shoes! Her dress was really cute as well, but I LOVED her shoes! I felt too stupid to ask if I could take a picture, but I SO wanted to! I totally went all SQUEE inside to get Just One Year and have Gayle sign it. Seriously, LOVE her books! While getting those signed I met Stefan Bachman who is the teen (yes, teen) who wrote The Peculiar and The Whatnot. So I grabbed a signed copy for my daughter. He was really nice and very
After that there was a bit of a break so Sara and I went to have some lunch. I ran into Kriston Johnson (Words Escape Me) and so I was glad when she introduced herself. She lives in the same town as me but we'd never met. Sara and I filled up some yummy lunch and caught up on the news in our life (if you don't know her, she's the brilliant mind behind Novel Novice). After that I saw April Tucholke - 'Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea' and had her sign my book because at that point I was realizing I might not make it on Sunday. I then saw Vy (Vy's Blog) and her friends again and chatted a tad.
We had a bit of time left so we walked through the book fair and I got this pretty. It's from Storiarts on etsy. It's Romeo and Juliet on the scarf and the gloves.
Next up we got a panel with Maggie Stiefvater - 'The Dream Thieves' The Raven Cycle #2, Josin McQuein - 'Arclight', Robin Wasserman - 'The Waking Dark', Cinda Williams Chima - 'The Enchanter Heir' and Dan Krokos - 'False Sight'. Jessica Brody moderated, but Maggie actually did most of it as she managed to have plenty of questions for everyone. As is usually the case when only one male is present, they had a lot of fun picking on poor Dan.
- First question- tell a story with hand signals only. This one stumped Dan and it was hilarious. You had to be there, but lots of laughter ensued!
- Next up was the thing that they are most afraid of. Of course they picked on Dan again, but his was bees and being incontinent in public. I kind of get that actually, but mine is mostly just being where I can't get to a toilet (like sitting in traffic). Josin's was speaking in public (another of mine) and I don't remember what the others said.
- They talked about Maggie's fainting goats and whether it's okay to laugh at them when they faint. In this case, yes, it is. Maggie described how one jumped off a table but then froze up and all that it could move was it's head and it was eagerly trying to eat grass and was apparently unperturbed by being unable to move it's body at the moment.
|from left; Maggie, Robin and Josin|
Anyway, I had a great time and was sad that I was unable to attend the next day. :( I'll be looking forward to next year though!
|Maggie signing books|
|Maggie with my friend Mel (YA coordinator of the event & co-blogger at this blog)|
|My friend Shelley from Tsk, Tsk, What to Read and Maggie signing her books|
|All the books I got signed!|
This same post has also been posted on Candace's Book Blog.