On Thursday night I had the pleasure of traveling to San Francisco for an author signing featuring Alyxandra Harvey (Hearts at Stake) and Carrie Jones (Need and Captivate). The signing was hosted by the wonderful Not Your Mothers Book Club and was tons of fun.
The night started off with a little presentation from the authors about embarrassing crushes. Both Carrie and Alyx were absolutely hilarious, as were their first crushes. Unfortunately, in Alyx and Carrie’s words, “What happens at book club stays in book club.” Thus, I cannot reveal to you their most embarrassing crushes.
After talking about crushes and their various (embarrassing) rock star phases, they opened up the floor to questions from audience members. We learned a bit about how Need came about, which is both an extremely odd and funny story, and Alyx shared why she decided to write about vampires. With all of the gory, historical details of course. Both Carrie and Alyx also discussed the theme of darkness in their books and some similarities between the two. We also got assurance from Carrie and Alyx that there will be more books in both of their series respectively.
In addition to all of this, Carrie and Alyx discussed how they started writing and how they create their characters. And, of course, they talked about what you can get away with as an author – hearing voices, day dreaming and working in your pajamas.
Once the Q&A came to a close we all lined up to get our books signed and get photos with the two lovely ladies.
When the signing portion of the night came to a close and everyone began to trickle out, I was fortunate enough to be able to hang around a bit and chit-chat with the authors. Let me just say that both Alyx and Carrie are absolutely charming and incredibly sweet. After meeting Alyx I cannot wait to Hearts at Stake and, likewise, I understand Zara and her friends so much more after meeting Carrie, who is quite a character.
It was fabulous night filled with great authors and great books!