Last week I was very excited to go to an afternoon tea organised by HarperCollins to meet some of their authors - Robin Jarvis, Will Hill & Maureen Johnson - and to find out about some of their latest & upcoming books. We arrived at Les Deux Salons a little early so spent some time at the bar downstairs chatting with Robin & Will while Sarah was getting the room ready for us and then it was time to get started. I had asked Sarah & Rosi if it would be OK to bring some of my childhood books with me for Robin to sign (I was a massive fan of his Whitby Witches, Deptford Mice & Deptford Histories trilogies when I was younger and still had my original copies) so was very excited when I found out I was sitting next to him for afternoon tea! Hopefully I didn't come across as too much of a fan girl and embarrass myself lol.
We were well and truly spoiled with a feast of cakes and sandwiches!
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When asked about the inspiration for the story Maureen told us that she was on a historical tour and the guide told them that practically every building they visited was haunted. She was annoyed because it was supposed to be a historical tour not a ghost tour and she thought that the so called ghosts they kept mentioning were rubbish - just cold spots, doors closing by themselves and spooky feelings. It got her thinking about what would happen if there were more proactive ghosts. Maureen also told us that she has come up with the name of the sequel which she is currently working on, after a quick check with her editor Rachel (who hadn't heard the title before either!) she confirmed that it will be called The Madness Underneath and it will be released sometime in 2012.
After lots of book chat and we had all stuffed ourselves full of cake it was time to get our books signed. I already have signed copies of Department 19 and The Name of the Star but I was very excited to get my books signed by Robin - I'd brought him 10 books to sign for me so that kept him busy for a little while lol. He even drew a picture in one of them for me!
The copies of the Whitby Witches, Deptford Mice & Deptford Histories trilogies that Robin signed for me
The picture Robin drew inside my copy of The Alchymist's Cat
We were given a fab goodie bag from HarperCollins containing several books (Muse by Rebecca Lim, Slide by Jill Hathaway and Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda), a presentation of their upcoming Winter 2011 & Spring 2012 titles (watch out for a spotlight of some of these titles coming later this week) and a fab memory stick containing some exclusive sneak previews and snippets. I've not had a time to look at the memory stick yet but as soon as I do I'll try and get some of the content posted on the blog to share with you all.
After the event had finished several of us bloggers got to hang around in the bar with Will, Robin, Sarah, Rosi & Rachel. We had a few drinks, got loads of book recommendations and discussed everything from Will's ipad to comic books. I love being allowed to let my inner geek out at events lol.
I'd like to say a massive thanks to HarperCollins for a fab event and to all the authors who helped make it even more special. I had an amazing time & can't wait to read all the books we were talking about!
Who was there?
Sarah, Rosi & Rachel - HarperCollins
Maureen Johnson - Website
Will Hill - Website
Alice - The Reader Room
Casey - Dark Readers
Darren - The Book Zone For Boys
Dwayne & Hannah - Girls Without a Bookshelf
Jesse - Books 4 Teens
Kirsty - The Overflowing Library
Liz & Mark - My Favourite Books
Ronke - The Musings of Ondo Lady
Sammee - I Want To Read That
Stacey - The Pretty Books
Viv - Serendipity Reviews