Marissa Meyer is without doubt one of my favorite YA authors. She actually came to Joseph-Beth, my local bookstore, for Cinder. I hadn’t read her book at that point, but I saw the book cover on the bookstore’s website and it was so awesome that I considered checking it out. At this time, I was a college student majoring in engineering so I was lacking in both time and money and decided against it. When I read the book 4 months later, I was sooo pissed. Here I had this book that I adored and a huge missed opportunity to have read the book earlier and met the author.
We bookstore in the mid-west have this thing where we host authors for their first or seconds books, and then they get HUGELY popular (coughStephenieMeyercoughVeronicaRothcough) and then they never come back. So I had resigned myself to never meeting her without a lengthy road trip.
Then on Cyborg Monday when the tour was announced, image my utter joy to find out that she’d be coming to our store!!!!! The ticked went on sale on Dec 2 and you better believe that I was the first person to preorder and get my ticket.
As part of the event, our store would be hosting a Lunar Ball. This would include music and trivia and costume contests. You could come as you are, or you could dress up as a character, or just doll up in your fanciest dress. I did not have the sewing skills to make my own costume and I didn’t want to be so boring that I just showed up in my usual clothing, so I went thrifting and found the most perfect, wonderfully fitting dress imaginable.
I also decided that since this was a ball that I would get crafty and make a masquerade mask. I had an old copy of Scarlet that had seen better days (little sisters are the worst). Since it was likely on it’s way to the book graveyard, I decided to use it to make my mask.
It took forever to find words that I wanted to use and that would actually fit inside my paper punch.
Lately, I have been playing around with Resin to make jewelry, so I made a couple Lunar Chronicles necklaces. I wore Cress which is my favorite book, gave Cinder to a coworker, hid Scarlet because it turned out terrible, and gave Fairest, Glitches, and The Queen’s Army to random people in line.
I also made a rose out of pages from Scarlet to clip in my hair. It looked lovely, but I forgot to take pictures. 🙁
Since we started selling preorders with tickets to the event, I have been tracking the sales because I really wanted this event to have a spectacular turn out to increase the likely-hood of having her back for a future event. I had the nagging fear that no one would show up despite this being one of the best series ever. Boy did I spend time worrying for nothing.
The turnout was amazing!!! So many people showed up looking awesome in their costumes or gorgeous in their finery. I had to stop myself from squealing over all the tiny littler Cinders and the one littler girl dressed up as Winter. So many people who loved this series coming out to support Marissa Meyer was so wonderful.
The costumes were so creative that I just couldn’t. People with painted hands and legs. People wearing battery packs. Grease smudges. Red Hoodies everywhere. There was one girl who had a Merida wig as part of her Scarlet costume which was perfect.
And the winner of the costume contest…
…had a little bit over everything. Levana’s wedding dress and crown (which she soldered herself!), Cinder’s glove, Scarlet’s hoodie, and Cress’s ribboned braid. Fantastic.
Meet the Author
Like most author events, Marissa came out before the signing to talk to the crowd. Do a Q&A and a reading.
Some questions asked by the audience:
Where did you get your inspiration for the series?
Marissa entered a small writing contest where she retold Puss in Boots, but set it in the far future. She knew that she wanted to do some sort of sci-fi fairy tale retelling, but it wasn’t until she had a dream where Cinderella ran from the ball, but instead of losing her shoe, her foot fell off. Oh! she thought. Cinderella is a Cyborg!
Who is your OTP?
Marissa loves all of her leading men so much that she just cannot choose just one guy or one couple.
Why did you decide to write Fairest?
The Wicked Queen was one of the first characters that Marissa knew that she wanted to include in her series (the big bad wolf was the other). Over the years, she had sort of developed bits of backstory for Levana. When her publisher asked her to write a short story for promo purposes, she thought that perhaps this would be the opportunity to explore her backstory, but when she found out that it needed to be under 20 pages: there was just no way. So Marissa sat it aside. Then while writing Winter, she kept getting stuck while writing Levana’s scenes. She deduced that the issue was that she needed to know more about Levana so she took a break from writing Winter and wrote Fairest (in just 9 days (omg)).
Will all of the characters have satisfying endings?/Will anyone die?
“You can’t honestly believe that I would actually answer that?”
I really wish I had a picture from the front, but alas I do not.
In addition to answering a bunch of questions, Marissa read an excerpt from Winter!
I was so excited to meet Marissa in person and to get my books signed. All the words just came tumbling out, but at the very least I’m glad that I didn’t just yell at her “I love your books!!!!!!!!” and then run and hide in the Ancient Histories section of the bookstore. I do weird things when I get nervous sometimes. Marissa was soooo nice and she liked the mask that I made and even signed it for me!
After the signing all of the booksellers who dressed up for the occasion took a staff photo with Marissa.
We are a beautiful group of people.
I saw people cry from joy, two girls hyperventilate in the YA section from the sheer excited of meeting their favorite author, and a ton of people come out (some from great distances) to meet their favorite author. In a way those moments were the ones I liked the most. Yes, I was so happy to meet a favorite author, but there is just something about seeing all of those people excited for a book series that they love. From the costumes to the cheers of excitement when she was introduces, to just how crowded the bookstore was, it was all just amazing.
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If you have the chance to meet Marissa on tour, do it! Though I’m sorry to say that it’s impossible for your tour event to be as awesome as ours.