On a lovely evening in early May, Random House of Canada invited a group of bloggers to their offices for a small reception with authors Danielle Trussoni and Edward Rutherfurd. Greeted with delicious drinks and an assortment of cheese & crackers, delicious assortment of perogies (courtesy of Pravda Vodka House) and macarons, it was truly an ooh-la-la ambiance!
Once most of us grabbed a plate of treats, we were introduced to the guests of honour: Danielle Trussoni, author of the Angelology series and Edward Rutherfurd, author of Paris: the Novel. Danielle spoke briefly about her books, and writing about the angel mythology. She shared with us her website and other ways we could contact her via social media which was lovely. She seemed accessible to her fans and comfortable and open to chatting with bloggers for features on their sites.
With a segue from social media, Edward then came up to speak and told us that he was still trying to master Twitter – considering his novels are all so long and the micro-blogging platform only allows 140 characters at a time. With Paris coming in at over 800 pages, he dryly says that the structure is a bit different with this book because he was trying to write shorter. Edward fell in love with Paris at an early age, with friends & family living in the great city. He also fell in love in Paris in his 20’s and that was what gave him the idea for a romance story.
After the authors spoke, they proceeded to roam around the room to mingle and meet the attendees. Because Lindsey knows of my love of all things Paris, I was honoured and grateful to be introduced to Edward almost immediately after his talk up at the front. WHAT a charming gentleman! We spoke about our love of Paris, and he asked me as many questions as I was asking him! (He seemed very amused that book blogging was my hobby and that I don’t actually work in the publishing industry) Agreeing to be in touch for next year’s Paris Month, we must have stood there having a conversation for at least 10 minutes before others tried to jump in. It was at this point that the RHC team decided to set up a line to get our books signed. (Bonus: I was able to get a second one signed to give away for Paris Month 2014! only about 10 months away…)
It was so great to have such an intimate gathering where both Danielle and Edward had a chance to really sit down, sign some books and have some conversations with fans. A truly delightful evening. Huge thanks to the lovely team at Random House Canada, and to Danielle and Edward, for the great company and conversation!