YA Panel with Alexandra Bracken, Melinda Salisbury, Eliza Wass. Chaired by Laure Eve

Alexandra Bracken is a New York Times bestselling author, Eliza Wass is an American author who grew up in a strict religious bubble, and Melinda Salisbury is a young adult fantasy author. The

I had been up since 5:30am, worked until 2pm and then went home changed, had a nap and off I went again to this event I stumbled on. I had not read or really heard of any of the panelists before but had seen some buzz around ‘Passenger’ the novel from Alexandra Bracken.

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Laure Eve, an author herself, was the host of the evening.  With such a broad range of personalities and backgrounds it meant the panel was quite lively and insightful.   “do you ever self-censor whilst writing?”  was interesting for someone like Wass who came from a strict religious upbringing, so her whole life centred around censorship to an extent.

I think this was a very interesting question particularly when there were a few moments of mispronounced words/stumbles which became a running joke and i think at a YA event it’s important to remember an audience in this case as some were quite young, and had parents accompanying them, and self censor to an extent.

Another question I found helpful was:  “What do you wish someone had told you at the start of your career?” There is a lot more to writing a novel, then writing everyday. The editing and marketing take a huge amount of time up. Alex Bracken was only in London for 2 days on her book tour.

and then the lights went out- there was awkward talk as we waited for them to come back on

The signing line was intense. A few girls had the entire back catalogue of Alex Brackens books, so the the signing would take over an hour. I picked up Passenger and was able to have a chat to Bracken, who was a bit thrown by my accent, about moving countries and attending events to meet people.

Disclaimer: Featured photos are saved from internet sources and are not the product of my own skills. All workshops/events are paid for by me and all reviews are mine from my own notes, opinions and experiences.

 

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