This month I attended an awesome signing with Maggie Stiefvater! Her and Scott Westerfeld are my favorite event authors EVER so far. They make it more than just a Q & A and a signing. Maggie graciously let us in on the secret of writing a Maggie Stiefvater novel. There are apparently 10 steps, but I'll let her tell you:
In case you didn't notice, she's hilarious and a great artist! I'm not sure if you can see it, but there's a copy of The Scorpio Races, her newest book, on the table that's drawn on. Well, that's because Maggie Sharpied it (beautifully I might add) and she gave it away! Sadly, I did not win it, but I saw it up close and personal and man it was awesome! Maggie really knows how to wield a Sharpie.
One of the things Maggie talks about is the research and I loved that. I'm starting research for the second book in my trilogy (the first is nearly finished!) and so I was glad I'm not the only crazy one when it comes to research. If only I could get a free ticket to Iceland to do some real research...
Oh, and I'm not sure if I caught it on video, but she did confirm that there will be a THIRD book in her faerie series, following Lament and Ballad. I was so excited to hear about this because I hate how they were left off. I realize that Maggie's goal in life is to leave us heartbroken and unsatisfied, but not enough to totally hate her. But, I thought she can't leave it off there! And she's not, thank god.
Here's her awesome signature! I got her to sign everything of hers that I own.