Marie Lu’s Book Launch for Prodigy

Last Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, YA Author MARIE LU had her book launch for PRODIGY, the second book in her LEGEND SERIES.

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Mysterious Galaxy looked ready for a party when I arrived.

food set up

Tables were laden with tons of food for Marie’s guests, and the chairs were already filled with friends and fans alike.


Marie Lu’s wonderful book launch feast



Fans and friends waiting for Marie Lu

After her introduction by the bookstore’s manager, Marie greeted her guests and began the question and answer right away.

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Q: Was your writing process different for LEGEND and PRODIGY?

With LEGEND being the first book, Marie says there was more room to breathe. She’s a pantser by nature, and she wrote LEGEND by the seat of her pants. PRODIGY was more stressful because of the deadlines. Her usual pantser method would not work with PRODIGY and she had to learn how to do outlines.


Q: Do you have a soundtrack while you write?

Marie usually listens to soundtracks while she writes. She doesn’t like to listen to music with lyrics, as the words tend to distract her. Instead, she listens to Epic Soundtracks like Two Steps From Hell. She likes the sound of rain, so sometimes she listens to for 8 hours at a time. For PRODIGY, she found herself listening to a lot of Trans music.

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Q: What’s the latest update on LEGEND the movie?

CBS already has the script done, and is now in the process of looking for a director. Once they find one, they can finally begin the casting process.


Q: Do you feel a sense of relief whenever you finish writing a book?

Marie says in writing, there are hills of relief but never true relief. There are moments when she feels doubt, and thinks, “I can never write another book again. Everyone will know I’m a fraud.” Then she realizes all writers feel this way and it’s totally normal, so she keeps on going until she finishes a draft. Then it starts all over again.
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Q: What other YA books would you recommend?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass, Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.


Q: What is the most stressful part of writing a book?

Deadlines. Fear of failure. Sometimes Marie will see a shiny new idea which will tempt her to cheat on her current book, but she has to ignore it and keep on working.

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Q: How do you inspire yourself to keep going?

Sometimes Marie will go to a café with a fellow writer and just write silently together. She says it might look awkward from a distance, but they’re actually pretty comfortable. Marie also does word sprints with fellow author friends, where they check in with each other about how many words they’ve written within the day. It encourages her to write a lot because it would be pretty embarrassing to not have written anything at all.


Q: Did you go to school to learn how to write?

Marie took up Political Science and Biology in college, but unfortunately never used those degrees. She does use the knowledge she’s learned in the books she’s written, however. She says writing was always intuitive for her, and something she’s always done.


Q: What’s next after the LEGEND series?

Marie says she loves fantasy and her next series will probably be High Fantasy series.


After the Q & A, Marie began signing her books.

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Marie Lu signing copies of PRODIGY

I was happy to wait my turn to get my books signed. I’ve been to many of Marie’s events, so she recognized me right away. I was so thrilled that one of my favorite authors greeted me like an old friend. She even gave me a hug!

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With YA Author Marie Lu

I was so happy to see Marie again, and had an awesome time at her book launch.

To top it all off, I saw an amazing sight as I was driving home. I’d never seen the moon that big before, and I took it as a sign of my impending good forture. :)

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Largest moon I’d ever seen

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14 Responses to “Marie Lu’s Book Launch for Prodigy”

  1. Brinda says:

    I loved seeing the pics and hearing about Marie Lu’s process. I can see that deadlines would be the most stressful part. I’ve read Legend and look forward to this next book.

  2. This looks like it was such a fun event! It’s comforting to know that even published authors feel doubt. And wow, I absolutely love that picture of the moon! (I’m a bit moon-obsessed, haha!)

  3. “I can never write a book again” – I know that feeling.
    Wow, what a spread of food!

  4. Nas says:

    I loved reading about Marie Lu’s processes and all the photos are lovely!


  5. mooderino says:

    Looks like it was an awesome book launch. Nice grub too!

  6. Sia McKye says:

    Wow, nice spread of food and looks like a nice crowd. Interesting person behind the stories, too. That’s always a draw. Glad you shared it with us. Oh, and I LOVED the moon that night. Amazing.


  7. ML Swift says:

    Very Cool. I can’t wait until my first one…taking pointers. This seemed fantastic.

  8. Elisa says:

    Thanks for making me feel like I was there! I have Legend on Mt TBR but haven’t tackled it yet…soooooon :)

  9. Jay Noel says:

    Now that’s a party!

    I’m a reformed pantster….it’s not easy changing your ways. Hats off to Ms. Lu.

  10. Southpaw says:

    How hard it must have been to shift from pantserdome to plotterville!

  11. What a great launch, thanks for taking us on the journey!

  12. Sounds like a great launch! And very interesting to see the transition from pantser to outliner. I love how you broke down the Q and A into little bits of insight into Marie Lu’s life that would intrigue any fellow writer! :)

  13. Carina Olsen says:

    Ah! Thank you so much for sharing 😀 Love the pics and the Q&A. <3 Marie is just amazing. Sigh. I'm jealous. Wish I could have been there :) Thank you for sharing 😀
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

  14. Akoss says:

    Awww!!! You got a hug! You got a hug! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing and please never stop. I enjoy these posts. :)

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