The National Book Festival was last weekend. We had to be there to meet some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Sarah Dessen discussed how she started her career as a writer. After graduating college, she worked all day and wrote all night.
Like all the writers, she discussed her inspirations. For example, the novel Just Listen was inspired by a photo she saw in a high school yearbook.
Clare had a lot of fans at her discussion. Despite the somewhat dark nature of her work Clare is a bubbly redhead. She read the prologue to the unreleased Clockwork Prince. She discussed character inspirations and funny stories that went into the research for the series.
No, I am not the biggest fan of The Mortal Instruments, but Clare is a writer who inspires young girls to read and write. The devotion she shows to her books and fans is pretty remarkable.
After the Clare signing we saw a small crowd near the Children’s Pavillion–it was Julianne Moore signing posters ! I’m sure everyone who got an autograph went immediately to the theaters to catch Crazy, Stupid Love. We stood across the street and snapped a photo (the Nikon L110 has crazy zoom).