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Appearances, Questions and Vampires

The contest for an early copy of The Eternal Kiss is closed: thank you all so much for entering! It is deeply, deeply appreciated. I had so much fun seeing everyone's pictures! People with weapons! People dressed up as Mae! It was horribly difficult to choose.

The winner is: demon circles, fever fruit and talismans - drawing summoning circles at three a.m. is my new definition of hardcore.

The winner of another advance copy of The Eternal Kiss, which I obtained by probably nefarious means: Sin, fever blossoms and a demonic penguin.

Email me at sarahreesbrennan@gmail.com, you guys.

Trying to choose honourable mentions actually made me collapse under the sheer weight of awesomeness, but I admit to a particular fondness for Mae in Sydney.

This Friday I will be heading off to the UK to do a number of things, like a photoshoot (Oh God, 2859 pictures of The Distressed Wombat Face) and a debate on Ghosts, Faeries and Demons. I will naturally be arguing on the side of the demons. Evil wins again!

I will also be doing two Lexiglass events. (I made up the name, so I keep gleefully using it at every opportunity...)

The Lexiglass Event
July 11, 2009: Glasgow, Scotland, 3pm
Borders Glasgow. 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3BA
Signing and appearance with Cassandra Clare, who will be launching City of Glass in the UK

The Irish Lexiglass Event
with Cassandra Clare
July 16th 6:30 PM
40 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Then there are some plans for appearances in the US.

For a start, I will be attending Comic Con in San Diego, July 23rd to the 26th.

Events there will be as follows:

Friday, July 24 Panel

12:30-1:30 Future Fond Memories Room 3


Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy

1:30 - 2:30 Signing in the convention's autograph area.

The morning of Saturday the 25th, I will be signing in the Every Picture Tells a Story booth, exact time to be announced.

And for the rest of Comic Con, I will probably be wandering around going 'Oooh, look, a Wonder Woman costume!' and being extremely happy about the weather, so come say hey to me!

Now, I know quite a lot of writers called Sarah. It is, as I have pointed out to my mother while explaining my preference for 'Esmeralda,' a fairly common name. At this stage I believe Sarahs might be numerous enough to take over the world.

Before we do that, though, we're having a Sarah Signing in New York.

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm, Sunday August 2nd. Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Sarahs will include me, our fearless organiser Sarah MacLean (the Season), Sarah Cross (Dull Boy), Sarah Beth Durst (Ice, Into the Wild) and Sarah Ockler (Twenty Boy Summer) with more Sarahs to be announced!

Other US appearances will be in early October, and the details will be enormously awesome, but I cannot tell you them yet!

At all appearances I will have stuff like bookmarks, gel pens, cheery yet insane smiles, and little giveaways of the first chapter of The Demon's Covenant.

And since this post has been all about announcements, something for the rest of you. I would tell a story about my life, but telling stories like 'Yesterday my flatmates found me sticking Post-its ON MY OWN FACE' is too shameful. So instead...

Q: When is the sequel out and whose point of view is it told from?

A: The Demon's Covenant is out June 2nd, 2010, and it's told from Mae's point of view.

Q: And what's it about, what is this summary at the back of the UK edition?

A: Mae Crawford always thought she was in control. Now she's learned that her little brother Jamie is a magician and Nick, the boy she'd set her heart on, has an even darker secret. Mae's whole world has spun out of control, and it's only going to get worse.

When she realises that Jamie has been meeting secretly with the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, and that Gerald wants him to join the magicians, she's not sure how to stop Jamie doing just that. Calling in Nick and Alan as reinforcements only leads to a more desperate conflict because Gerald has a plan to bring Nick down - by using Alan to spring a deadly trap.

With those around her torn between divided loyalties and Mae herself torn between her feelings for two very different boys, she sees a chance to save them all - but it means approaching the mysterious and dangerous Goblin Market alone...

Q: Is Nick's psychology influenced by kids with Asperger's or autistic kids?

A: No. At least not consciously - I have worked with austistic kids and Asperger's kids, but I haven't done anything like the in-depth study I would have to, to write anything like that.

I did read a lot of reading on psychology, but my basic intentions were: Nick as a thoughtful look inside the head of a particular kind of hero, which struck me as an essentially very troubled but hopefully still compelling place to be, and Nick as a kind of feral child - a nonhuman child raised by humans, as opposed to a human child raised by animals.

Also there's the fact that Nick is a demon, and equating any psychological disorder to actually, literally being demonic would be very, very problematic.

That said, I have no control over my subconscious, and everyone reads books a different way, so your mileage may vary!

Q: Is Jamie gay?

A: JAMIE: "I thought they were just dreams, strange dreams of someone beautiful outside my window, asking to be let in."
MAE: "A succubus. Or an incubus, that's the word for the men, isn't it?"
p. 23

Nick rolled his eyes, reached over, and took the knife, tucking it into the waistband of his jeans. He saw Jamie's eyes wander to the flash of skin and didn't make an issue out of it; a lot of people liked to look at Nick. p. 130

There are other such moments, and also most of the characters in the book are either teenagers or demons who have to-do lists on which sexy times feature prominently so all things are fluid, but the answer is basically: yeah.

Q: So Anzu and Jamie...?

A: Given that Anzu's the Obsidian Circle's go-to demon, and the one with the nasty sense of humour (which yes, demons do have) I was thinking yes, but it isn't explicit in the text.

If you have other questions, pray ask them and I will answer them! I will add to this post as I go.


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Jul. 6th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Since you brought it up...I'm not known for being very, uh, empathetic, so I'm reading along going, "Oh wow, I really identify with this guy," and then to find out that particular trait was supposed to be a clue he wasn't actually human? Awk-ward.
Jul. 6th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. I am happy to hear some people empathised with Nick! After all, naturally I love him, and want other people to connect with him. And like I said, a lot of him is based on thinking through characters like Rochester and Heathcliff, who are certainly human!
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Jul. 6th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
D: D: D: I can't make it to any of those events! (I'm in Cumbria, and can't drive.) *covets bookmarks and first chapters, oh god I hate where I live so much right now.)*
I keep saying this, but. Jamie, ♥.
Jul. 6th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Alas! But yay Jamie. ;)
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
why is the cover model so pretty? is that what you think nick actually looks like (with maybe a little less lipgloss)?

on a slightly-less-shallow note, why does nick not remember being a demon? (if it's a spoiler for the other books, by all means don't tell, but i'm interested if there's a specific reason for it.)
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Nick's meant to be very very good-looking: my idea of him is somewhere in between the US and UK depictions of Nick. I like UK Nick's air of menace and fall of hair, and I like that US Nick's handsomeness distracts one, and then abruptly contrasts to, the black demon's eyes.

My thought is that you're very confined by the brain you're in: which would be why demons steer clear of animals and children. And then there's just immersion - Nick wouldn't be used to being in any brain for very long at all. Brain not able to hold the knowledge, new information put there as it developed, shock and then immersion in a new culture were my thoughts.
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Jamie! *draws hearts*

I must admit to shipping Jamie with Nick... and Gerald... and Alan... almost everyone, really (with the notable exception of Mae). Sorry, Jamie; I didn't mean to turn you into the town bicycle.
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Dude I did the SAME THING! Yay for turning innocent(ish) characters into OTP tramps
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Should be back by then: good timing!
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Officially ridiculously excited for August 2nd now! I think you're correct about the Sarah business. There have always been at least two in my class alone, and this was back when we only had around twenty students in my class.
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Look forward to seeing you there. ;)
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Also there's the fact that Nick is a demon, and equating any psychological disorder to actually, literally being demonic would be very, very problematic.

It never even occurred to me to think of him as austistic! I mean, not that I'm an expert, but he didn't strike me as seeming like he had a disorder so much as...well, why care about anybody but Alan, really? What reason had he been given for that? Other people are trouble! (If anything, Alan's the one with the disorder, what with all that helping of strangers! Sometimes it's like a complex!) ;-)
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Me neither, other than during the week I read so many articles on psychology I was thinking of eeeverything.

I think Alan does have something a bit like a complex - bit like survivor's guilt, but more like demon-brother's-guilt: If I am very very nice otherwise, and rescue kittens from trees, surely I will win enough karmic points to keep the man-eating shark in the neighbourhood swimming pool! And knowing at the same time you can't win enough karmic points for that. (Not to say he's not also naturally kind and helpful and rather too desirous of being liked in any case.)
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I just found out about the Glasgow event (in fact, I have one of the leaflets about it sitting on my desk as I type this), and since I live less than 2 hours away by bus I will most probably be there! YAY!

Jamie = ♥
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yay, I will look forward to seeing you there. ;)
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
That incubus that haunted Jamie, was that Anzu?
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, such is my thought. ;)
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Reading the book, I kept having flashbacks to my Cultural Anthropology class where we discussed the anthropological study of language and how vocabulary can actually shape your perception of the world. In fact I made my sister listen to me discuss this for quite a while. I remember being particularly thrilled when Jamie used the word empathy for the first time and after that Nick seemed to clue into the fact that "empathy" was what Jamie was doing. One minute it's confusing, and the next it's definable. My poor sister. She has to put up with a lot.
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad that scene worked for you: it was meant to be a snapshot into what Alan had been doing, and thus how other humans can expand the world of words. ;)

And I would have very much liked to take that Cultural Anthropology class!
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Lexiglass is a wonderful word.
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I was looking at The Demon's Lexicon on Amazon(.co.uk) and found The Demon's Lexicon Book 2... which is apparently published by Simon & Schuster Australia...
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
*cries* Why aren't you doing Cassie's London signing with her on the 13th? I'd go to Glasgow to see you both, but train tickets cost 120 pounds or so, which I definitely cannot afford...

I finally bought and finished TDL the other day, though, and I love all the characters. (Well, maybe not Black Arthur...) But I especially love Jamie - his sense of humour is perfect :)
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well, Cassie will be sick of me if I hang around all the time... I might have another commitment, but I might also be there. In a supportive role, but I will certainly sign stuff if asked. ;)

I am very pleased you like the characters, and I am always startled but much pleased by Jamie's popularity.
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Jul. 6th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I am going to be in New York while you are! I will be there! I am sorry in advance for any hyperventilating and/or wild flailing!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Hooray, I shall look forward to seeing you!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oh! I already had plans to be in NYC that weekend!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm going to miss the Sarahs signing by two days! Are you going to be around NYC much thereafter? There are, I'm sure, adventures to be had (and if I'm remembering correctly, I think we're supposed to duel at dawn)...
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh my God Jen, I leave August 4th! This is unacceptable! Would you be around to duel at dawn then? Later when we see to our wounds, we could have mimosas...
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
seananmcguire (the lady who wrote the zombie boyfriend song) will also be there - her first book comes out in Sept. You two should totally fight crime meet up.
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I am entertained by all of your flashy icons, especially the ones that include singing. Just thought I'd say.

Parker P
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Jul. 6th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I can but hope you'll make it to the West Coast! Particularly the Pacific Northwest. There are very nice bookstores here, y'know! Like Powell's Bookstore in Portland, which is the size of a city block and has four floors. And you can get lost in it very easily! Even if you carry a compass. -cough- Seattle has nice ones too! Little ones with resident kitties, and large ones with coffeeshops in them...

Anyway! I personally know more than FIFTEEN Sarahs just in my ordinary life, and that's without the ones I know online. I'm related to a few of them. My family is big on family names! Also I went to an all-girl's high school, which did not help matters.

I'm looking forward immensely to the next book, and I'm so glad that the "Is It June Yet?" shirts will still be valid! I may have to find a Sharpie to replace "Lexicon" with "Covenant", however...
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
The West Coast is where I'll be in October, and Seattle has been mentioned, but nothing is definite yet. ;)

And the series is called the Demon's Lexicon series, so it is all good!
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Jul. 6th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yay! See you there, then. ;)
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
New York, yay!
I'm so excited about a signing in New York. Calendars marked! Is this the type of event where I would have to show up early to line up in order to get a chance to meet you and get the book signed or will everyone who shows up during the allotted time get the chance?

Also, I somehow missed the Anzu/Jamie thing...where?

Jul. 6th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: New York, yay!
Oh no, everyone who comes will be welcomed with open arms and I will sign everything. Probably some of the other Sarahs' books. I am very sign-happy. ;)

Jamie's marked by a demon who visits him in his dreams before the start of the book, as in page 23, and some people wondered if it was Anzu.
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Jul. 6th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yay, Comic Con! I'll sneak away from selling pretty things to the madding crowd to make it to your panel. You, Torchwood and The Middleman. Don't tell me I don't have my priorities down. (Not that I'd complain if you stopped by the booth too. I promise to only fangirl as much as I do when the Squishable folks drop by.)
Jul. 6th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, Books of Wonder, I love that shop so! And now it will be overrun with wonderful Sarahs! Yeah, I'll definitely be there, and that'll be a good excuse for me to finally buy Dull Boy.

And really? People had to ask about Jamie? That's sweet, in a naive kind of way. Like all the girls who ship Ryan/Kelsi from HSM. Of course, if DL came out when I was in the YA target group, I probably wouldn't have even picked up on it, much less thought to ask about it, so at least they're not as naive as I was.

Also there's the fact that Nick is a demon, and equating any psychological disorder to actually, literally being demonic would be very, very problematic.

Ha, yeah, a little. I didn't make that equation in my head, but I did so love watching Nick's brain work. Odd as it might sound, Nick helps me better see the humanity in the likes of Heathcliff and Rochester than any English class or avid fangirl ever did. Yet another reason why you are truly awesome. ^_^
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I still cant believe you are coming to Glasgow the day AFTER I go on hols :(

hopefully next signing :D
Jul. 6th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I was wondering a few things about Sin and her family, actually. I hope you don't mind!

Was Sin partly raised by Merris, or was Merris' taking in of the Davies family something recent? I'm just asking because the book mentioned that Sin had a younger sister and a baby brother, but if the baby brother is more toddler than kid, then the murder of Sin's mother couldn't have been that long ago...? Speaking of which, does the Davies family live in the Mezentuis house? Do they know what goes on? Is Sin's unofficial tap to become the next leader of the market mean she'd also be in line for taking over the House?

Last thing, I promise- Is there something else between Sin and Alan that Nick doesn't know about? Their interaction was short, but I got weird vibes from it anyway. Is the tension between them really because of what Nick thinks, that it's Alan's limp that puts off the dancers?

That's an awful lot of questions, now that I look back on it. Sorry about that. ^_^ Your book made me very curious about the characters who live in it and I can't wait to read more from you in the future!

Edited at 2009-07-06 08:59 pm (UTC)
Jul. 6th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Merris hasn't even taken in the Davies family: she watches over them, but they've never cohabited. Sin's mother died a year before the story starts, and Lydie and Toby's father (Sin has a different father) left shortly before that. The Davies family divide their time between living in accommodation that Merris arranges, and in a travelling community with other Goblin Market people.

Sin in relation to Mezentius House is a slight spoiler, so I will leave those questions for now. ;)

Sin and Alan have a personality conflict as well, but the issue of the limp is important to the dancers.

And I am terribly pleased you're interested in Sin, as she narrates book three in the current plan!
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Jul. 6th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
On the Asperger's/autism thing--as someone with AS, I didn't read Nick as autistic at all--I read him as "functional borderline sociopath" more than anything. The "rules don't apply to me" mindset, plus his very real difficulty with empathy, reminded me of an interesting book I read about a year ago called The Sociopath Next Door. Things that read strongly "not autistic" to me include the fact that Nick's good at analyzing social dynamics within his school (easily picking up on which "bad boys" to hang out with and how to insert himself into their groups quickly, for one thing) and a total lack of a strong interest in pretty much anything but Alan--most high-functioning autistic people pick up an obsession of some kind and acquire a pretty big database of information on that as long as they're interested.

I thought his character was brilliantly done, by the way, and found him very interesting. And he was definitely easy for me to identify with in a lot of ways--not understanding why Alan thinks the way he does, for one thing--but also alien.
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
The "functional borderline sociopath" feels more accurate to me too. Shortly after reading DL, I read As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann--another brilliantly written novel with a curiously slanted narrator's perspective. Frankly, I'd feel safer around Nick than around AMLS's Jacob, who seems to have slipped far beyond borderline.

And yet, both novels have me rooting for their protagonists, almost despite myself--in Nick's case, for hm not to slip past redemption, and in Jacob's case, for a way for him to struggle his way back into redeemability.
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