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England And Me

This week I have spent touring around England - visiting schools in London, Bath and Yorkshire. I also had a most excellent launch party in London, where I met squillions of fabulous people and was given lovely presents. I started eating my cookies on the train ride home.

SUSAN: You are not eating cookies given to you by strangers!
SARAH: I am not. I am eating cookies given to me by awesome people. There was a forcefield around my event, you see. It meant only awesome people were allowed in.
SUSAN: ...
SARAH: If you don't believe me, explain why the whole place was filled with awesome people?

Ladies and gentlemen, she could not.

Which is not to say that I did not suffer from my usual round of terrible embarrassment.

There was a giant poster of The Demon's Lexicon cover in the window, which all admired. Then it was suggested that I should have my picture taken with it.

Then it was suggested that perhaps I should give Nick a kiss.

No, I said. Absolutely not. I would feel VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. I totally refuse.

So of course...

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I thought that school visits were going to be rather terrifying, but they turned out to be great fun! I talked to classes full of most awesome students about books and movies and defeating evil overlords, and I threw sweets at them and read out bits from my book and told them all the terrible stories I have about myself.

... Okay, I did almost take a girl's eye out with a packet of fruit pastilles, but apart from that. In one school there was even a girl who read this journal, which felt like having a friend there.

Naturally, my rashness got me into trouble again.

BOYS: Will you sign a postcard?
SARAH: I will sign anything and anyone!
BOYS: In that case... will you sign my chest?
SARAH: No. Absolutely not. I would feel VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. I totally refuse.

So of course I did. I hope the police are not coming for me.

Since I am still not all that coherent, I do have goodies for you elsewhere.

Pictures of Attractive People, or Inspirations and Influences of The Demon's Lexicon

Playlist for The Demon's Lexicon

I am still terrified as to how the book is going to do, and whether people will like it, and whether I will do a Good Job as An Author, but I had a brilliant time on my English tour. So - thank you, England!

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dumortierite
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oooh, goodies!
Also, fruit pastilles. Delicious.
And you, I am fully confident, will do a Good Job as An Author. You already are. :)
celtic_elk
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Feeling musically lame now, as the only song I recognized from your playlist was the Danny Elfman tune. I do love that song though. It's the only really good thing to come from Wanted, IMHO.

And just to let you know, your book has been spotted on the shelves at the *original* Borders Books in downtown Ann Arbor, MI! For whatever that's worth. =)
drcjsnider
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad everything is going well for you! It sounds like a most awesome experience so far.
yaycoffee
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
When will you be coming to America? And, more importantly... will you make it to Texas?
sarahtales
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
July and October, and... I am not sure. ;)
buymeaclue
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I love that Ben Lee song. That whole disc. Fabulous.
thilia
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
You are definitely doing a Great Job as A Fantastic Author :D I read the book a couple of days ago and I'm in love ♥
sarkysnarky
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
It was so nice to meet you in London!

...and, and really? You told them ALL the stories you have about yourself? Because, well, there are enough on here that make me think you must have spent several days at each school or talked extremely quickly :)
littlered2
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
As someone who provided some of the cookies, I do hope they didn't poison you! (I assume my friend Eleanor, who gave them to me to pass them on, is not the poisoning type, but you never know.) And it was lovely meeting you, and you didn't appear to be embarrassing yourself at all! I felt like i was acting like a useless gibbering fangirl (I had thought-provoking questions and comments which I planned to bring up, but managed to completely forget them all due to being Somewhat Overwhelmed.)
hanelissar
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
You are not doing a Good Job as an Author. You are doing a WONDERFUL Job as an Author and have brought us all much joy! :D And soon will take over the world with your awesome. I mean, how many authors will actually sign the chests of small children? That is a sign of Greatness.

Thank you so much for the launch on Monday - it was such a fantastic and wonderful evening and I met so many incredible people and YOU! And you were even lovelier and sunnier and more gorgeous than I had anticipated and I was very sad I could not stay for Hellboy. :( I am also afraid to report that I am not at all sorry we made you kiss Nick. Several times.

And I also feel very culturally rounded now as I knew four whole songs from your playlist. :)
amberdulen
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I WANT TO GIVE NICK A KISS.

Seriously, the book was good, and in the middle there was the dancing scene and it suddenly got extremely hot. Uh, I mean extremely well-written and literary. Y....eah.
anywherebeyond
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
OMG you did it again!? Even after I told you my Betty Crocker Brownie story!? Madness!
rj_anderson
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I was delighted about that picture of you smooching Nick, because it makes you look like a faery with Grand Ambitions. :D

And I know you will do splendidly! I am still tapping my foot impatiently while I wait for my bookstore to deliver DL...
mr_mercutio
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else, I am 105% sure that you are going to do fantastically as a super-awesome author. :D

(Pst. Come to Canada. We Canadians are lovely people who would adore the chance to come get our books signed and ask you to kiss posters in our windows. Just sayin' :P)
canadianevil
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
This we would, this we would. And we're extremely charming and bake nice cookies and have really good candy.
sunset_friday
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
you were in yorkshire? which schools?
lobelia321
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
For some reason, that picture is strangely suggestive.

And now that I've read the book, where do I feedback you?? Just in any old post or are you collecting them in one specific place???

I finished it yesterday and it's still rummaging round in my brain...

Also, I'd like to do a free-for-all feedback and a feedback that takes misty contexts into consideration but do not want to be indiscreet in public so can I feedback you privately somehow?
sarahtales
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Well, email me at sarahreesbrennan@gmail.com anytime, or spoilery comments are all over here (http://sarahtales.livejournal.com/146703.html).
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lemonsquid
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
You! Madam! Are brilliant!
lemonsquid
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, and stop eating poisoned?cookies from England and come to California! We have many schools full of awesome kids and bookstores full of crazy american fans! :)
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dreaming_elise
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Sarah,

My 15 year old step daughter is visiting us this week. She's not even 50 pages in to TDL and she LOVES Nick.

You are the next big thing!
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
*beams* I am so happy to get the YA perspective - you're a total petal for telling me, thank you!
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maeritrae
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
You were in Yorkshire and YOU DIDN'T TELL ME?

*sadface*
adamei
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
DL inspirations were very interesting. And Ed Westwick is very foxy indeed...

Why on earth was there no cool writers talking about cool stuff in my school? I feel deprived.
vom_marlowe
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I read the book, well, OK, I listened to the audio book because I have no time to read anymore, and I really liked it. I haven't just thoroughly enjoyed a rousing tale in a long, long time. Plus, you handled a lot of things really well.

One thing I especially loved (EXTRA ESPECIALLY) was that Alan had that lame leg, because I have a lame leg that gives me trouble. Alan was neither super-sweet disabled guy nor was he helpless. He was a scholar who kicked ass and happened to have a bad leg. AWESOME. And I adored that he used a gun to compensate.

I did a review on my journal a bit ago, pimping the story out, and I think I may have convinced a few folks to give it a try.
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I sneaked a peek at your review and though I fear it's bad form to comment on them, I do wish to thank you very much. ;) I'm so pleased you enjoyed! Specially that you liked the audio book, as they are tricky but I am rather proud of mine.

I use my icon of Alan being kickass with his gun in your honour!
imagines
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
and whether people will like it

OOH, OOH! *jumps* LET ME ANSWER THAT ONE. One of my friends sneakily bought it for me and shipped it to me entirely without my knowledge, and when I opened the package and realised what she had done, I SCREAMED. See, I've had a rather awful couple of weeks involving having to spend money I couldn't afford to spend, and I've been DYING to have your book and I just couldn't see myself affording it until at least next month.

But now I have it in my hands, and it is BEAUTIFUL, and I am reading it, and I am having the worst trouble managing to put it down when I have to go do something productive. (Like, say, eat a meal.) Sarah, it is your writing! And it's in a book! I can see your way with words just glowing off the page, that exuberant hilarious joy in making up characters and doing terrible things to them. And once in awhile, very nice things. But mostly terrible. ;)

So I want to thank you for writing a book that would come to me at exactly the time I most needed cheering-up. It's completely fabulous. Please come to America so I can fangirl you properly? I promise not to be too tongue-tied.
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willowgreen
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I am still terrified as to how the book is going to do, and whether people will like it, and whether I will do a Good Job as An Author, but I had a brilliant time on my English tour.

Well, I will just tell you that I got a free copy of the book via the Amazon Vine program, and I finished it last night, and -- wow! I was really not expecting that. Also, I love it that the POV character is really, really not a nice guy.

However, I think the English cover is much cooler than the American one, which makes Nick look exactly like Tom Welling from Smallville.

Are you doing an American tour too?
sarahtales
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
I am, yes. ;) In October. And I am very glad you liked the book!
altogetherisi
Jun. 12th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
There was a forcefield around my event, you see. It meant only awesome people were allowed in.

YES I WAS AWESOME ENOUGH TO GET IN. SCORE. And it really was incredibly fun, so thank you and congratulations!
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