One of my favorite things to do as a lover of books is going to book signings. I love the opportunity of meeting some of my favorite authors and being part of the Q/A that often follows at the end of the introductory and moderator questions. If you’re like me, you often shy away from asking questions that a) are filled with spoilers or b) advice for aspiring writers.
Today, I am here to share with you my dream panel of authors/characters and the questions I’d ask them without the anxiousness that comes from speaking in a crowded room.
Jasmine de los Santos from Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
I just finished this lovely read last night and if you’ve read it, you’d know how Jasmine is a strong authentic character who fights in the face of adversity. Jasmine gives us a realistic insight on what it means to be an undocumented teen immigrant in America. She deals with the stereotypes of what it means to be undocumented, college dreams crumbling, and dating. Jasmine handles all of these obstacles with grace. Above all, Jasmine is an excellent student and I want to know how she does it!
Question: What are some of your favorite study tips for success?
Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Oh, Will. My lovely, tormented, sweet boy. Even as the years have passed, you are my all-time fictional boyfriend. If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s books, I highly recommend them. Will is the epitome of brooding, sarcasm, loyalty, and selflessly. He spent years pushing everyone he loves away because he believed it was the only way to keep them out of harms way. My heart still hurts with all that he had to go through. The two people who offered light in his life were Jem and Tessa, which leads me to…
Question: Do you remember the exact moment you fell in love with Tessa?
Aria and Perry from the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi
This series is one of my favorite dystopians to-date! The main conflict is man vs. nature rather than rebelling against a society. Aria and Perry challenge one another and realize that what they believe of their world (dwellers vs. savages) isn’t always true. The romance between the pair is definitely swoon-worthy, too! Lastly, the friendship they have with Roar, respectively, is #squadgoals
Question: In one word, describe what it meant finding the Still Blue.
Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray, and Richelle Mead: Vampire Talk!
All these ladies wrote some series ass-kicking female heroines who are vampires and/or fought against them. Some of my questions would delve into their vampire world, respectively, and if they had a female pop culture icon as a model for their heroine. Most of all, I want to know…
Question: Which is your favorite vampire novel and did it inspire your
own vampire story?
Libba Bray: Strong Heroines
The Gemma Doyle trilogy is severely underrated in YA, but it is one of my favorite urban fantasies in existence. It rivals my love for Cassandra Clare’s writing. Bray writes a multitude of strong heroines in coming-of-age novels. Her female characters flourish and find out who they are and what they can do to change their fate. Love isn’t a central plot device in this series, which makes it that much more empowering.
Question: Who was your favorite character to write?
J.K Rowling: Unforgettable Characters
My dream author/character panel would not be complete without the mention of J.K. Rowling. The Golden Trio is the kind of friendship I admire; through thick and thin. If you are like me, you’ve probably grown up with Harry and company, wished you’d have received a Hogwarts letter, and secretly desire to be a witch/wizard. Even if you didn’t grow up with Harry, Hermoine, and Ron – their story is widely known all around the world and it is one that fills you with childhood nostalgia.
Question: If you could rewrite one character’s story
cough Snape’s cough
who would you choose?
Thank you all so much for joining me on this adventure! One day I would love to be a moderator if I can get over my fear of public speaking! I would like to give special thanks to Eventbrite for inspiring this post idea. Eventbrite is one of the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. If you ever need to plan your own bookish conference or find one near you – it is definitely worth checking out!
Who is in your dream bookish panel?
I choose you! Yes, really! If you decide to write your own dream bookish panel post, make sure to leave me a link in the comments below! I’d love to check it out!
With love always,