This past Monday I attended a book signing for Leanna Renee Hieber's Darker Still, the first book in her new young adult series. Thanks to some Twitter chat, I found out she was coming to Dayton, Ohio–only about an hour from me–so I grabbed my camera and my book-loving mother-in-law and we were off on a mini road trip!
In addition to the signing and a Q+A session, Leanna also read several scenes from the book itself and I have to say, she absolutely blew me away. It was more a performance than a simple reading, as she read with unabashed enthusiasm and had every single person at the event completely rapt. She gestured wildly, made faces, affected a British accent when Denbury spoke, and just generally made the event an absolute blast.
Over the course of the evening, the weather in Dayton got progressively worse, so since my mother-in-law and I weren't in a hurry to drive back to Columbus in the torrential rain, Leanna suggested we meet downstairs in the yogurt shop that was part of the store and chat while we waited the storm out. She was incredibly sweet to take additional time after the signing to sit with the two of us plus fellow blogger Colette from A Buckeye Girl Reads, and I cannot thank her enough for making me feel like a friend instead of just a fan or a blogger.
Below are a few pictures I snapped from the event:
Me and Leanna
In addition to attending the book signing, this week I also learned of a very cool competition for aspiring young adult authors and wanted to share all the details for anyone who might be interested!
NO QUERY? NO PITCH? NO PROBLEM!
Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is hosting its second Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York’s leading YA literary agents!
If you’ve written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel: http://bit.ly/YAContest
The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks and receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.com.
The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at Scholastic, Disney, Harlequin Teen, Random House, Viking, Roaring Brook Press, Sourcebooks, and Kimani Tru and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.
The First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.