Cheryl Angst, Writer

Writer of strange tales – because no one ever accused me of being normal.

Lisa Schroeder August 8, 2011

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Lisa Schroeder

YA and MG Author, Lisa Schroeder

Okay, so I’m not going to win any awards for my photographic skills, but I wanted you to be able to put faces to names while reading my post. (We won’t go into the fact that I have these pics–as less than stellar as they are–which serve as a subtle reminder that I got to attend this truly awesome book signing…)

Tonight I’d like to talk about the third author I met at Third Place Books.

*Confession: Lisa was actually the first author I lined up for. In fact, she was the primary reason I bribed my husband with a Mariner’s game to get him to drive me to Seattle in the first place. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love the other authors any less – they were like happy bonuses!*

I had the opportunity to read Lisa’s latest book, The Day Before, when it was still an unedited galley. ZOMG, it blew me away. I made the mistake of opening it on my computer a few minutes before the bell went to start the day, and holy doodles, let me tell you, it was hard to focus on actually teaching the students and not running back to my desk for just one more verse.

Yes, I said verse. The book is written in free verse – and I was totally wary about this – but Lisa’s writing style (and total command of plot and character) sucked me in and I had to read to the end. The Day Before is absolutely gorgeous. I’m not going to spoil the plot, but let me tell you, it’s worth reading just for the tale, never mind the word flow.

I am thrilled to have an autographed copy of my very own. I started campaigning for a class set of the novel the day I finished reading the ARC. I cannot do a novel study using The Day Before as a read aloud. Half the magic of the book is the way the text is formatted on the page, and I want my students to experience the book the way it was meant to be read.

That being said, school budgets are getting smaller every year, and I know my librarian will have to wait until the book is available in paperback (or trade at least) before considering purchasing thirty copies. I will attempt to be patient.

Anyway, Lisa was charming and pleasant to talk with. She seemed genuinely happy to interact with everyone, and she remembered that I’d commented over on Facebook that I was coming down from Vancouver for the signing. Lisa is very open with the public, she has a wonderful blog (http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/), tours, goes to schools, and even visits classrooms via Skype.

If you’ve never read a book in verse, or have always wondered what one would be like, Go. Get. Lisa’s.

Seriously.

I’ll wait.

Suspend your wariness. I did, and I don’t regret it for a moment.

 

Book Signing in Washington State August 2, 2011

I had the extreme pleasure of attending a fabulous book signing at Third Place Books in Bothell, just outside Seattle on Sunday. I could have driven down and back all in one day, but my husband and I decided to make the weekend our birthday gifts to each other.

Six Awesome YA Authors

YA Authors Take Over Third Place Books

What? You’re wondering how I came to be so fortunate as to have found a husband who loves YA novels and salivates at the prospect of meeting six of them in one room?

Ha ha ha.

No. The book signing was his gift to me. He hid in the history section of the book store during the whole ‘sordid affair.’ My gift to him was tickets to a Mariner’s Game (and, yes, he was aware they’re not having the best season) for the Friday night.

We did some lovely touristy things on the Saturday, then booted it home after the book signing – coming across the border with just under $500 in purchases (over half of which were books). (Don’t get me started on the dangers of finding book stores adjacent to restaurants where we stopped for lunch…)

Anyway, we ended our getaway with the book signing at Third Place Books. I’m going to spend the next few blog posts talking about the authors who attended, but for those of you who are interested, the authors in the picture are (from L to R): Eileen Cook, Mandy Hubbard, Lisa Schroeder, Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young, and Kimberly Derting.

I’m glad to be home, but a little afraid of my To Be Read pile now…

C.

 

 
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