|Photo by Viv from Serendipity Reviews. We got bored and helped ourselves to the author’s seats|
Each of the author’s were very open about their writing process and their journey’s as writers from how they got the inspiration for each other their stories. Their backgrounds are all fairly similar but at the same time quite unique. Amy began writing a memoir of sorts of her life in France as an American and didn’t intend to write YA but her story didn’t sell but soon evolved into Die for Me with her love of Paris. For C.J. she’d been writing for many years working on various tory ideas but it was a visit to a old school building in the English country side the stuck with her and made her wonder what it would be like to study there as a teenager and became the setting for Night School.
For Ruth her writing career started a bit differently as she worked in publishing and had been writing in secret almost because she worked in fairly high brow adult fiction and was bait nervous about showing her work to colleagues that could say they didn’t like it and then the next have to attend meetings with them. Lucky for Ruth her story A Witch in Winter found a home for her supernatural tale of witch craft and romance. Sara, like C.J. and Amy, is an American living in a new environment and it was her move to London and the crossing of boarders that triggered the idea for Dark Parties which began as a short story that was selected for the Undiscovered Voices and eventually grew into the book as it is now.
Each of the authors seemed to really get on with each other which I loved because it’s nice to see that they all engaged with each other’s tale of writing and publishing and woes about how long it took to get a book deal etc. They were all very funny and wonderful to hear be so open and honest. Afterwards there was a signing session and I did my usual get fangirl and over excited
Especially because some of the authors knew me it seemed. I’d met C.J. at another event and she gave me a big hug and was so nice (as she was the first time) and Ruth I’d been chatting to online along with C.J. (we all bonded over our love for the Jon Snow character in Game of Thrones). I’d promised choccies from work and both ladies loved them or so I think from the ‘mmmmmm’ and happy nods as the enjoyed them. Always happy to make writers happy.
Amy was ever so sweet and was having a lovely natter with Viv (who is the cutest thing when she’s fangirlling over an author. I’d never seen Viv do this and I’d pay to see it again) and when it was my turn to get my books signed she was just as lovely. She asked me questions and had remembered me from twitter and had asked if I was OK after my blood test earlier in the day. *fangirl dies*
I hope the Creative Voices events carry on at Foyles and more authors join in because it was completely ace to see a mix of authors share with each other and an intimate audience about their careers and how they work.