On a hot Friday afternoon, Razorbill had a group of bloggers and book lovers over to their office for a luncheon with authors Emily Pohl-Weary and Jessica Spotswood. Greeted with sandwiches and pop, the guests all gathered around the boardroom table to enjoy their lunch and chat books before being introduced to the two guests of honour.
Vikki, in her new role over at Penguin, led the discussion with some great topics to chat about. She remarked that both authors’ books have strong feminist roles. Emily had thought: what would a girl monster look like? Why, “in a popular novel”, would 2 male monsters like a weak female? (which garnered some knowing chuckles around the room). Jessica said it was vital to write the female characters that way. She was surrounded by strong women in her family life. It was important that her main character had more going on than just the boy.
It was evident with her answers that Emily has a profound love for music. She writes with music, her character is in a band. Jessica? Created a “story bible” to help keep everything straight & consistent. As a fellow super organized person, I absolutely appreciate the detail and effort that goes into creating that kind of a reference! When asked why the two authors write Young Adult, Emily said she’s always trying to rewrite her high school years while Jessica is fascinated by this time in their life… when they’re growing into who they will be. On world building, Jessica invented her historical fiction take in her Born Wicked series. As if lives weren’t already tough in the 1800’s, she makes them even worse!
After a brief Q&A from the attendees, we were able to get our books signed and finish up lunch before heading on our way with a great Penguin tote bag with some posters, book swag and bound manuscript of The Bone Season, a highly anticipated release in the Fall!
Thanks to Razorbill, Penguin, Jessica & Emily for hosting a great lunch!