So last week I went to a signing for Kristen Simmons' ARTICLE FIVE. Unlike my last signing, I couldn't take any pictures (dead phone), but I did get to have a friend with me this time, so that was cool.
Things I learned:
--Kristen started writing seriously in college after having written for fun all her life.
--She wrote, revised, queried, and received rejections for 7 years.
--She moved to Louisville, wrote A5, and got an agent with that.
"Doors will slam in your face over and over, but one day a door will open for you."
--She likes writing dystopian because it is a genre that mirrors the journey of many teens as they try to figure out what part of authority is good.
--Much of Kristen is in her characters.
--The writing of A5 included time researching and planning, 8-12 weeks for drafting, and years of revising.
--She went through nine rounds of revision, including those with her agent and editor.
--Her inspiration for writing dystopian comes from movies and literature about survival and life after the apocalypse.
--She really liked the idea of scrambling for basic needs while standing for one's beliefs.
She was also a total sweetheart afterward when I referenced a story she'd told about a friend who'd had a very smooth journey to an agent before nearly immediately selling and told her about my own (pretty easy) journey. (Hey, I was still in OMG AGENTED mode; I had trouble not shouting it from the balcony.)
Doesn't she just look like the sweetest woman ever, though? That's what I thought.
Anyway, it was an awesome signing, and I'm so glad she came through Lexington :)
Have you read ARTICLE FIVE? What did you think?