YALLFest started in 2011 in the East Coast, a festival that gathered authors and hosted panels, events and signings for Young Adult fans to enjoy. This year, YALLWest (the West Coast version) was born in Santa Monica, California. This casual festival was packed with awesome guests including our friend, Marie Lu (Legend, Young Elites), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Veronica Roth (Divergent) and many, many more!
Marie Lu returns to the podcast after wrapping up her first book trilogy: Legend, Prodigy and Champion. Listen as we discuss her writing methods, characters and upcoming projects. Also, Team Thomas never falters!
Champion by Marie Lu was released early November 5, 2013 and the author ended her book tour at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach. The back of the bookstore was crowded with fans by the time I arrived, many of them were young girls with their moms (well, there were boys too!). The event started with Marie talking about her writing methods and afterwards, she took (non-spoiler-y) questions from her readers. As usual, her fans were very curious and enthusiastic with lots of interesting questions for the author!
Admittedly, I arrived at this event pretty late so I won’t be able to give you guys a detailed account of the entire panel. I jammed it from work to get to the Grove and the traffic was horrendous! Still, it was cool to see Marie with Leigh Bardugo (author of Shadow and Bone), Michael DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Seth Hoffman (The Walking Dead) all one one panel. Here are some of my shots from the panel where I stood in the back of the crowd and the autograph session afterwards.
The cover for Marie Lu’s CHAMPION, the third book in the Legend series is absolutely gorgeous. I’m a little late since this book cover was revealed awhile ago but it looks too delicious to not share. Champion will wrap up the story of Day and June and I am pretty excited to see how everything — as they say — goes down.
Come out to The Grove next Wednesday, June 26 at the Barnes and Nobles store to see Marie at a panel with, well, a bunch of other amazing people!
Marie Lu’s second book, Prodigy, the sequel to Legend officially hit bookstores yesterday on Jan 29th, 2013. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach hosted a book launch party with a Q&A and a book signing session. The author was surrounded by family, friends and tons of her fans — especially young girls who are young adult readers. It was fun to see them have the opportunity to ask very intelligent questions about Marie’s story, characters and her writing methods.
Last year, Marie Lu’s first young adult novel, LEGEND, blew us all away and in January 2013, the second installment in Day and June’s dystopian adventure is coming: PRODIGY. The cover of the new book was revealed a couple of weeks ago as well as an excerpt from the first chapter, which you can read over at www.legendtheseries.com. Be warned! Just like in LEGEND, the first chapter of PRODIGY will leave you hanging!
Marie was kind enough to do a quick interview with us to let us know what we can look forward to in the second book.
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Is it as exciting to see the finished product for PRODIGY as it was with LEGEND?
MARIE LU: YES! Seeing PRODIGY come together is actually exciting in a completely different way. I’ve written plenty of manuscripts before (that never made it), but this is the very first book I’ve written that’s a sequel to something. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever written, so I’m really excited and anxious to hear what readers think!