On September 22, 2012, YA Author Gretchen McNeil launched her newest book, TEN.
Not one to miss out on local book signings and a chance to support awesome authors, I made time to attend.
After being introduced by Mysterious Galaxy’s bookstore manager, Gretchen kickstarted her launch by telling us a little bit about herself.
Gretchen has had training in Opera, and currently sings with the L.A. based Cirque Berserk circus troupe. We got to hear a sample of her powerful soprano when she played her book trailer for us.
Gretchen and the Audience watching the Book Trailer for TEN
Gretchen described the story in three amazing lines, before reading an excerpt from it.
Gretchen reading an excerpt from TEN
Gretchen absolutely killed that reading. This comes as no surprise, since she actually does voice overs (She’s the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys).
Gretchen explained that TEN was a homage to her favorite Author Agatha Christie, and inspired by the latter’s book AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Although the basic setup of the books are similar, the stories in themselves are very different.
The audience listening in rapt attention
Gretchen talked about the challenges of having to constantly ratchet up the tension. She grew up reading gothic works by authors like Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, and her love for scary stories has certainly helped her maintain the creepy vibe and the suspense in each scene.
She admitted to being a huge fan of Christopher Pike’s novels. REMEMBER ME, being one of her all time favorites. Gretchen said that she was reeling for days, when she received an email from The Man himself. She thought it was some kind of trick at first, since the email addy was an old one–way back from when AOL was first starting out. When she opened the email however, she got the surprise of her life: Christopher Pike had read her novel and had agreed to write a blurb for her book.
YA Author Gretchen McNeil
Gretchen opened the floor to questions. One of the audience members asked if she was working on a new story. Gretchen said she was working on 3:59, a sci fi horror novel about parallel dimension. She pitched it as Sliding Doors meets Event Horizon.
I’ll definitely be on the look out for that book!
After the Q & A, Gretchen gave away some goody bags, and signed copies of her books.We were also treated to some yummy rolls and delicious TEN inspired – Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Gretchen’s TEN inspired giveaways
While waiting in line I got to chat with a fellow blogger, whose name I instantly recognized from her Twitter account. (Yes, I’m talking about you Senator!) We had fun talking about our blogs, exchanging book recommendations and authors we adored.
When my turn came, I congratulated Gretchen on her latest book and posed for a picture. (Thanks, Lena for taking my picture!)
Myself with YA Author Gretchen McNeil, photo by Lena Chen
It was another successful book launch. I enjoyed celebrating Gretchen and her newest book, and also loved that I got to randomly meet a fellow book lover and blogger in person.
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