For those of you who may not know, Leigh Bardugo is on tour right now, for the MacTeens Fierce Reads Tour, with authors Gennifer Albin, Ann Aguirre, and Jessica Brody.
You can see if they are coming near you by clicking this link.
The kick-off event for the tour was in San Diego, CA, and of course I was there!
It was an absolute blast, and Leigh was hilarious and fun, as always.
She did reveal some cool stuff, that I hadn’t heard before and I am SUPER excited to share with you.
It has been hinted for awhile that Ruin and Rising will be released around June of 2014. Leigh let us know at the event that the Darkling’s real name will be revealed in the book! I’m VERY excited about this. Of course, this turned into a humorous discussion where Jessica Brody suggested Eugene and Ann Aguirre said Steve!
Leigh also talked about how the creation of Sturmhond in Siege and Storm was like a buoy for her, and that the book was a lot darker than she had realized it would be at first, and his humor and character kept her afloat while writing. She said that he sort of leapt off the page, and wouldn’t shut up, and that when everyone else is kind of freaking out, he’s just like “I got this.”
Did you also know that she built her world, especially the magic, around the idea of molecular chemistry? That’s brilliant, and really helps to show how amazing she is at her world building.
They took some questions, and had great answers for a lot of things. See some of Leigh’s answers!
On whether she’s a pantser or a plotter:
I’m a plotter. Jessica says there’s 15 beats and I have 12. There’s a skeleton and it gets better. That helps me if I get stuck somewhere, I can go somewhere else. For example, in book two, I was planning on killing someone and I decided not to. I call it the reverse George RR Martin.
Opinion on reader’s reaction, with the outpour of negative reactions to Veronica Roth’s Allegiant:
I think readers have the right to react however they want. And authors have the right to finish the way they want. The problem I have is when people say “if you do this, I’m going to punch you in the face or kill you”. You can’t please everyone. Forced creators make horrible product.
There was also these two AMAZING fans, who cosplayed for Shadow and Bone, and I just couldn’t get over how awesome it was. I was so blown away by the effort, that I didn’t even ask for their names. Here is a picture, but if anyone knows who they are, please let me know, so I can give them some credit for this!
Leigh’s face is PRICELESS
After that, we did the signing, and I spent some time talking to Leigh, who I always enjoy seeing. I grabbed some Grisha swag, so keep an eye out for a giveaway sometime soon!
I hope you all can head out to a Fierce Reads event in the next week!