Gush, Gush: Lisa McMann & Becca Fitzpatrick

If you know me in Real Life, or from GoodReads for that matter, you may already know that I love these authors and their work. If you are a YA reader and have met me for even two minutes, or slowed down slightly in your progress towards the ladies' restroom at my store, I have probably gushed about them and handed you one or more of their books.

Imagine my excitement when Alybee, our super-woman educator friend invited Roxy & me (yes, I used that correctly! Roxy and I are the objects of the verb invited) to meet Lisa McMann & Becca Fitzpatrick at Mrs. Nelson's in La Verne. Aly even scored us prime seating (I like the back row--no worrying about embarrassing clothing gaps when you sit) and right in the center.

Lisa & Becca

Becca & Alethea

Becca & Aly (it's ok, they're posing for Aly's camera)

Roxy & Lisa
Alethea & Lisa

Lisa signing Aly's books--who's that in the background? Could it be...?

We had a great time listening to them read and talk. They answered questions for us after telling us a bit about their cover stories.

Becca's Cover Story: She got to help choose her cover--practically unheard of for a debut author! She got to pick the model, the pose--and a bookstore somewhere, shown the preliminary cover art, insisted that they flip the photo upside-down. Turn your copy of Hush, Hush upside down to view what it would have looked like. I for one am glad they changed it--the gorgeous cover art is one of the first things that sold me on this book. If you think about it, as Becca pointed out, Patch is actually falling up.

Lisa's Cover Story: Her publishers called and asked her to look out for a chair to use as the cover art for Gone. The hotel that she was staying at, at the time, was filled with all kinds of chairs, so she snapped a few photos with her cellphone. A few weeks later they sent her an email with the cover art as an attachment--and there was her photo! Slightly manipulated to fit the rest of the covers in the series, but otherwise her shot, so in addition to Author, she now has a Photographer credit. Check the back flap of the book!

More highlights plus the trailers for Hush, Hush, and Wake, below the cut.

All right, you made it this far--now for the hot stuff!

Lisa's Claim to Fame: She doesn't stop at being the author of the Dream Catcher series--no! She is also one of the tiny group of people Neil Gaiman follows on Twitter. Apparently his daughter, Maddy, read and loved her books. (The girl has great taste!)

(For another geeky claim to fame on a Scale of 1 to Neil Gaiman, click here.)

Lisa read to us from her upcoming paranormal, The Unwanted, due out next year. It's a dystopian fantasy about a place where strength and intelligence are rewarded, and creativity is punished--with death. We held our breaths as she read from the manuscript; it sounded creepy and exciting!

Becca and Lisa also plugged Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White as the most exciting new YA releases. Lisa also raved about Robin Brande--at least, I hope I'm remembering that correctly! She said to write it down, but I didn't want to disturb the people around me by rummaging around for a piece of paper.

If you still haven't read Hush, Hush, here's a trailer to tempt you:

One warning: Twilight-haters, don't bother--go read something else you might enjoy more. Like this:

By the way, if you ever wondered where you could find possibly the best selection of Juvenile Literature in all of Southern California, look no further than Mrs. Nelson's. I had to stop myself from freaking out, running wild, snapping pictures and yanking books off the shelf. (You know, because I want to be able to go there without being immediately escorted off the premises.)

As it was, I couldn't help but treat myself to a copy of How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford.

And or Valentine's Day, some Link L♥ve before I go crochet a dragon (no, that's not a euphemism for something):

Lisa McMann: Website - Facebook - Twitter
Becca Fitzpatrick: Website - Twitter
Alybee: Blog - Twitter
Khyrinthia: Blog - Twitter
Rachel Hawkins: Website - Twitter
Jackson Pearce: Website - Twitter
Kiersten White: Website - Twitter
Robin Brande: Website - Twitter
Natalie Standiford: Website - Twitter