Thursday, February 18, 2010

Heather Brewer visit

I admit it - I am a huge fan of Heather Brewer and her Vladimir Tod series. And so was just jumping with excitement as she arrived at Kepler's, on the heels of the event with Carrie Jones and Alyx Harvey. Wearing a gorgeous corseted black dress and to-kill-for leather coat, Heather told us about her path to writing. How she was bullied at school, took refuge in libraries, and how it was not until her youngest child was in kindergarten that her husband encouraged her to follow her passion and write. (OK, I'm a sucker for stories where the right person at the right time says just the right thing and helps you along the path you should be on anyway. But you probably knew that.) Apparently she also likes to dance under a full moon, attend renaissance faires in costume, and doesn't believe in happy endings...unless they involve blood. And she tries not to bite people on tour.

She read chapter one of Eleventh Grade Burns:

And then answered all and every question. Gave away t-shirts, posters, bags, and buttons. Signed anything (within reason) - she explained that she used to say she'd sign anything, and signed everything from foreheads, backpacks, shoes, but drew the line when someone wanted her to sign their butt(really!). She was very gracious, a delight to host, and I hope she had fun. I know the Minion horde did.

Here's Heather talking about Eleventh Grade Burns if you want a synopsis:

And, as ever, here's a few photos (and yes, that's me in the last photo):


prophecygirl said...

It looks a great event - I'll have to read her books one day!

Glad you had a good time :)

Bookgeek said...

Thanks. And yes, the books are worth it. I like that they get darker as he ages and his problems and life get more complex.