If you are lucky enough to be in Las Vegas this week, make sure you check out the RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers Convention! I attended a few years ago when it was here in Los Angeles and I had a lot of fun. This year, it's at the Rio Hotel & Casino (3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103) from April 12-17. Teen Day is Saturday the 16th! Keep reading for an exclusive interview with The Casquette Girls author Alys Arden. Thanks to RT for sharing information about this great event.
The Young Adult lineup includes
Kami Garcia • Tamora Pierce • Mary E. Pearson • Kody Keplinger • Julie Kagawa • Gretchen McNeil • Cindy Pon • Ellen Hopkins • Colleen Houck • Richelle Mead • Jodi Meadows • Lauren Oliver • Julie Murphy • Andrea Cremer • Christina Lauren • Kimberley Griffiths Little • Sophie Jordan • Cynthia Hand • Kresley Cole • Kiera Cass • Kimberly Derting • Rae Carson • Jennifer L. Armentrout, a.k.a. J. Lynn • Victoria Aveyard • Marie Rutkoski • Renée Ahdieh • Cecelia Ahern • Morgan Rhodes • Elizabeth Briggs • Alexandra Bracken
and many more! Click the buttons below for more info.
Make sure you check out the Teen Day Party at the end of Saturday's panels (6-7:30 PM at Brasilia 4). It was my favorite part of the last RT Convention I attended because you really get to rub elbows (well, not literally, unless the room is really really small!) with your favorite authors. You also get a really cool tote bag (the first 500 teens have dibs, then everyone else can have a bag full of books and swag! :) Ahem, one of the swag things may have been made by me. If you guess what (and comment below with your guess by 4/19) I'll mail you a prize!
Interview with Alys Arden
What inspired you to write The Casquette Girls?
I’ve always been fascinated with the myths and legends of the French Quarter, so this book takes three of them and twists them together. But the real inspiration is the resilience of New Orleanians after storms.
Were the monsters and the magic always there or did they arrive in New Orleans with the storm?
Monsters and magic have been a part of New Orleans since before New Orleans has been New Orleans. In The Casquette Girls, everything is so strange looking post-storm when Adele and her father get back in town after the mandatory evacuation, it takes her a while to realize that weird things are actually happening in town. So the monsters and magic have always been there, but they don’t enter Adele’s life until after the Storm hits. (Or so she thinks).
What's up next for you?
I’m working on the sequel, The Romeo Catchers, which is due out this winter! The sequel will introduce three more New Orleans legends and a whole additional set of spooky characters. :)
Why do you enjoy coming to RT/what are you looking forward to at RT?
I love coming to RT because it has such a great mix of content! I like to go YA events, but also Paranormal/Fantasy/Horror, and of course a little Romance. RT has events for it all. I love getting to meet readers, but also see so many of my writing friends that I typically only see online!
What's your favorite romance story?
My all-time favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream because it’s a fantastical whirlwind and you’re never quite sure what is real and what is imagination.
Find lots of other info about the Book Fair and Booklovers Convention at www.rtconvention.com. If you go, I know you will have a ton of fun!