On Thursday October 29, 2009 Third Place Books of Lake Forest Park (north east outskirts of the Emerald City) hosted P.C. and Kristin Cast co-authors of the House of Night series.
The venue (Third Place Books) was perfect. The authors? Well…
When they were first introduced and brought to the stage, I was surprised to see how different they look from their flap jacket photo. (But I’m one to talk. My facebook and twitter pic is five years old. It’s a picture I truly like of myself, but if you were to see me today, well, you might not know it was the same person…)
As they began to talk, a thought came to me. The book signing circuit must be extremely exhausting. Kristin seemed bored. Maybe she was tired? Had they just flown into Seattle that day? Would they be departing that night for their next city? The back and forth banter between the two seemed scripted. I have to admit, this was the first writing duo I had gone to see, and maybe that is the best way to do it, come up with a little act if you will.
P.C. cracked me up, touching on a variety of unrelated subjects (several of which proved that P.C. definitely did not stand for Politically Correct). She made me smile all the same.
Maybe if there was a bigger crowd, their enthusiasm might have been higher. I didn’t count the attendees, nor did I do a count of available seats, but probably as much as 1/3 of the seats were empty. And the actual attendees? There was hardly what looked like a Young Adult in the bunch. I mean it was a bunch of middle aged women like myself. I was relieved to learn that there were others living vicariously through YA Fiction. Just. Like. Me.
When it came time for the actual book signing portion of the evening, things improved. They took time to talk to each individual who came forward with a book (or books) to be signed. Kristin had the autographing down to an art. She could look at you and respond to your questions, while she signed her name. Impressive.
Don’t get me wrong. If they come to town again for the next book release I’ll definitely go. (I learned they had a twelve book deal for this particular series - so that means six more) I just hope they have a bit more energy, and maybe some new material.
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