Gretchen McNeil’s Book Launch: TEN

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.

Ten teens.

Three days.

One Killer.

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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10 Responses to “Gretchen McNeil’s Book Launch: TEN”

  1. mooderino says:

    I feel it’s a bit unfair to have a professional actor read your book (even if it’s the author). Maybe I could hire someone to do that for me. Oh wait, first I have to finish writing my book.

    Great post.

    Moody Writing

  2. Shelly says:

    She sounds like a really cool person who has a great grip on marketing herself.

    Nice post, nut!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  3. I like the sound of 3:59!

  4. Talli Roland says:

    Wow! Aren’t you lucky! It looks like a fabulous launch.

  5. Senator says:

    Ahhhh what a glorious day that was! It was so lovely meeting you there too. I’m insanely praying that Gretchen will be able to do the audiobook of Ten at some point. She kicks major butt!

  6. Akoss says:

    It’s such a pleasure to see Gretchen in a non-YARebels environment. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  7. Mary says:

    Looks like you had an awesome time. I tagged you on my blog today. 😀

  8. Ten sounds intriguing and as usual, you look like you had a great time at the function.

  9. She sounds like she did her research! I’ll have to check out Ten.

  10. Jess says:

    Ten sounds like a great read! I love hearing about the author’s enthusiasm. I am always a fan of writers who embrace the spooky! Love, love, love the creative goodie bags! Thanks so much for sharing this : ) ~ Jess

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