Thursday, February 7, 2013

Marissa Meyer's Scarlet Book Tour

First things first: 
Meeting authors is so FUNNY.
Oh, that's just me, my friends, and a New York Times bestselling author.
Marissa is wearing the striped dress. Isn't she adorable?
Okay, let's back up. I recently read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Instead of writing a full review, I'm simply going to tell you that I loved it. If you like sci-fi or fairy tales, you've got to read it! Cinder takes place in the distant future in New Beijing, in a world afflicted by an incurable plague. Cinder is a mechanic, and she's really good at her work. That's probably because she's... wait for it... a cyborg! Yeah. Oh, and there's a stepmother, a prince, and a foot that falls off instead of a lost shoe. It's a very unexpected retelling of Cinderella.

I like it because it's tech-heavy, with lots of great details about cyborgs, androids, and the disease that's cutting a path through the city. The romance is a fun element, but the plot isn't weighed down by the romance, and there isn't a godawful love triangle. It's cool enough that guys like the story, too: My coworker Adam was the first person to recommended it to me. When I finished Cinder, I wasn't ready for it to end. Luckily, it's just the first book in a series. And the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet, was released on Tuesday!

I was thrilled when I learned that Nashville's Parnassus Books was the first stop on the Scarlet book tour. Last night I met Marissa Meyer, bought Scarlet and a copy of Cinder for Keith's mom (because she likes fairy tales and sci-fi), and laughed a lot. Meyer is so animated and excited when she talks about he world she's created (not to mention Sailor Moon and Firefly!). I love it when talented, semi-famous people geek out like giddy fangirls. She's the kind of author I'd want to be friends with.

Marissa Meyer doesn't just write--she also has great fashion sense!
I love the striped dress, lace tights, and gold bow flats.
Here are ten things I learned about Marissa Meyer last night:
1. The first writing she ever did was Sailor Moon fanfiction, which is still online here.

2. Her first futuristic fairy tale was written for a Sailor Moon fanfic writing contest. It required entrants to choose two elements from a list and include them in the story. She chose to include a fairy tale character (Puss in Boots) and a futuristic setting.

3. She liked writing that futuristic fairy tale, and wanted to do more. Soon the idea for Cinder came to her in a half-dream. She had a clear vision of a cyborg Cinderella running down a staircase in a poofy ballgown and losing her entire foot instead of her shoe. The idea was so exciting, it woke her up.

4. She has an uncle Bob who is obsessed with Star Trek. And I don't mean he really really likes it. I mean he built a replica of the bridge in his attic. This is going somewhere, I promise.

5. She wrote the original draft of Cinder, Scarlet, and part of Cress (the third book in the series) for a local NaNoWriMo contest. The contest promised the writer of the longest entry a walk-on part on Star Trek! Her reasoning was if I win this, I'll be the coolest person in my family. *cue raucous laughter*

6. Captain Thorne is her favorite character in the series. He first appears in Scarlet, and she based him on Han Solo and Malcolm Reynolds.

7. When she feels like her drafts are getting too twee, she watches Firefly to remind her of the gritty futuristic setting she's after.

8. She wrote 150,011 words for the NaNoWriMo contest, but she did not win the walk-on Star Trek role.

9. Before her agent started shopping her books around to publishers, the agent warned her that rejection is part of the business, and not to take it personally. That was on a Friday. By the following Monday, she had her first publishing offer. Marissa Meyer is a literary Cinderella story.

10. Earlier this week, she inked a deal with her publisher for two more books. The official announcement hasn't been made yet! But she did say that one of them is a standalone novel, currently titled Heartless. (Cue excited dancing from me!)

Is your interest piqued yet? *grin*
Okay, I'm going to stop gushing and start reading Scarlet
What are you reading?


  1. i have had that on my want to read list for a little while, i need to see if they have it at the nashville library!

    1. Woo-hoo! They have 3 copies of the audio, and 9 copies of the book. You're going to love it. I hope.

  2. I really wanna read this now. I love the concept. I may check that out soon.


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