A few minutes later Maggie comes strutting in the front door and everyone strains to see her and then a few minutes later the Barnes and Noble employee introduces her and she starts talking some about Sinner. She was very entertaining to watch. She jumped up on the folding chairs and then the table before moving back to the chairs(her standing on the table was making people nervous) and she was just really animated and fun to watch and listen to. She talked about how she wasn't intending to write Sinner she was supposed to be done with Mercy Falls after the last Shiver book and how she had always wanted to write a band book and how that plays a part in Sinner and then she described her old band that she was with in college. Telling us about every former member and her experiences with firing band members and she had the whole room laughing throughout her whole talk.
Then there were some questions, the only one that stands out in my mind was when a little boy asked her if she was going to write more children's books and her reply was something along the lines of “You mean something without smooching and arms getting chopped off?” and the boy said he didn't mind the chopped off arms and she told a story about how with her Spirit Animals book she thought it would be easy to write and she actually had a part in it where the main character chops off an unarmed mans arm and how her(editor? Agent? Publisher?) asked her if she just had this young character chop off an unarmed mans arm and she says "so I should give him a sword?" And they reply that that is not the issue. In answer to the question she said that yes she would like to write more children's stuff because she wants to share her writing with her kids and that next time she would tell her publisher(or whoever) that a little boy in Reno said he was fine with the arm getting chopped off.
So overall it was a blast. I just really enjoyed listening to her stories and her inspirations which by the way apparently(you may know this but I've never even tried to look it up or anything) Sinner and the whole Shiver series was inspired by the fact that she had read a book that she completely hated, so much that she had to finish it and immediately reread it but the second time she ended up loving it for all the reasons she hated it the first time. Same thing with the first time she went to L.A she hated it and when she went back she loved it. And so when writing Shiver she wanted to write a book that people either loved or hated, she then said that if you only like her books don't tell her because it would only hurt her feelings.
So next up was the signing. I was about in the middle of the line and it took probably thirty or more minutes until it was my turn. She was really nice and I got all my books signed plus some awesome swag. It was a major fangirl moment and being the socially awkward person I am I believe I stuttered a few times which is odd only because I've never had a stuttering problem... But I told her how I loved Raven Boys and she asked who my favorite character was(cue stutter as my mind goes blank and the only name I can remember is Blue(who admittedly is my favorite character)) so I say Blue but I love everyone, she says good answer. I tell her the reason I don't want two of the books personalized is that I'm giving them away and she replies that she loves being a prize and asked if people would work hard to get them....so that's the question how hard are you willing to work to win these two books?
The BAD – So there was one bad part of the signing and it had nothing to do with Maggie but these two stupid 14 year old girls. So first of all they're standing right next to me during the portion of the event when Maggie is talking, and not once do they so much as glance in the direction of the talking author. No. They're texting and they're talking to each other. Now I don't want to move cause there's really no where else to go and I don't want to disturb the whole event trying to find a new place to stand/lean/sit, so I stick it out. Then we all line up for the signing and who is right behind me, breathing down my neck, the two 14 year old girls who apparently have never heard of a personal bubble. So first the moment they get in line they start signing, singing. Some obnoxious pop/hiphop/rap song. The same chorus over and over again. Like what are you doing? Be considerate please! And then they move on to overly loudly talking about the fan fiction they write, and how so many people love them and they're fanfiction is so popular, and then they start reading out loud to each other! It's One Direction fanfiction, bad fanfiction. And then, and then, they start talking about Mortal Instruments and how they want to write some Malec fanfiction and then(I kid you not) they just blurt out a huge spoiler! I have not read City Of Heavenly Fire! You're in the middle of a crowded bookstore, at a YA author signing, chances are at least half the people in this store are fans of Mortal Instruments and guaranteed at least one person(ME!) hasn't read the book yet, you're already talking louder than necessary you might as well have screamed it as the top of your lungs at the release party! I was so so mad. I almost turned around and screamed at them, I swear. Luckily it was soon my turn to meet Maggie and I was able to control my anger.
On to the giveaway! So this is a four book giveaway! What?! One person will win four *signed* books! It will go on until mid September and the last two books will be revealed on or around the 13th! So first we have Sinner(hardback) and Raven Boys(paperback) signed by Maggie Stiefvater and next month I will be going to a signing with Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, Kasey West and Shannon Messenger click here to vote for which two books you want a chance to win!
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