On Saturday I was able to go to one of my favorite places, The King's English Bookshop, and hear one of my favorite authors, Shannon Hale, speak about her new book Midnight in Austenland (see my review here). It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
The event started with Shannon talking about writing Midnight in Austenland. She said she had never planned on writing a sequel to Austenland but when she was working on the script for the Austenland movie adaptation she was inspired to continue the story.
Shannon then answered questions from the audience about what inspires her to write (usually a story she's heard that she has more questions about), about writer's block (allow yourself to write crap), the status of the Austenland movie (it's still in post-production and still doesn't have a release date), and about writing now that she has four children (a babysitter 15 hours a week).
One of the questions was about Shannon's blog post about young adult literature-(I highly recommend reading the post that prompted the question- you can find it here. You should also read the guest blog she talks about- you can read that here.)
After the Q&A Shannon explained that they had several activities planned to keep people entertained while they were waiting to get their books signed. One of the activities was a murder mystery. Whoever solved the mystery would receive a Ricky Whittle calendar. Ricky plays Captain George East in the Austenland movie.
After Shannon told us about poor Ricky's inability to be photographed with a shirt on she then told us a hysterical story about Ricky from the set of Austenland.
After the story we were introduced to the players in the murder mystery. I didn't stay long enough to learn who killed poor John Dope. I hope his killer was held accountable.
Then Shannon headed to the signing table where she signed a massive amount of books. I really hope she got a hand massage afterwards.
I picked up an extra autographed copy of Midnight in Austenland to give away. To enter all you have to do is tell me which literary world you would take a vacation to. Would it be Austenland or somewhere else? For me it would either be Austenland, Harry Potter's Wizarding World or Anne's Prince Edward Island. A winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, February 11th. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you the winner.
I'll leave you with this lovely image-
King's English certainly knows how to entertain a crowd ;)