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What You Up To, Rees Brennan?

Well, currently I am doing my final edits on Demon's Lexicon 3, otherwise known as The Demon's Desperate Quest For A Title. This round of edits is fairly light (Demon's Covenant got two very very in-depth rounds of edits, but I ascribe that to Ally Carter's great truth, The Second Book Always Kills You) but it is a little strange to be writing the end of the story for these characters. I've never written any characters for so much time, and never loved any so much: I hope everyone will think I give them a good ending!

But more on that, and the new things I'm writing, sometime closer to when you can see them! Now I shall tell you about all the times when you can see me.

Because I love travel and I consider it the best fun in the world to meet people who will talk to me about books, mine or otherwise, I love events. Pretty much my idea of the perfect life would be half events. (And half living in a castle in the sunshine writing with all my friends living in the castle with me. I don't ask for much...)

So, my adventures start in Ireland, very near to where I grew up, with the Mountains to Sea Book Festival.

Look at all those fabulous authors! What a wondrous literary weekend! What in the world am I doing there?

I have no idea, but I am thrilled to have been asked, and this is what I will be doing.

SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

Monster Mountains to Sea Children's Author Lunch
Royal St George Yacht Club
12:00 PM - 3:30PM

Me and sixteen other authors are going to talk about our books, our favourite books that aren't ours, and there will be prizes and also (if I know me, and sadly I do) Embarrassing Stories.

SUNDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

4.30 Stage Appearance with Celine Kiernan, fabulous author of The Poison Throne
in the Dun Laoghaire Town Hall.

Event bookings can be made here.

And then directly after that Mountains by the Seapalooza of literary loveliness, I go to do my part in the scintillating Smart Chicks tour, of which I have spoken before.

These are the Smart Chicks events I will be part of, in a variety of locations (I am especially excited for Mississippi. I have never been properly down South before):

September 15th, 7PM. The Refuge (13150 Memorial Dr). Hosted by BLUE WILLOW, Houston, TX
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Margaret Stohl & Cassandra Clare

September 16th, 6 PM. Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Gluckstadt). Hosted by LEMURIA BOOKS, Jackson, MS
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Jessica Verday & Sarah Rees Brennan

September 17th, 2010 7PM @ Scottsdale Civic Library Auditorium, hosted by POISONED PEN Phoenix, AZ
Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Kimberly Derting

And finally on October 7th to the 10th, I will be part of the Sirens conference focusing on adventurous women characters and awesome women authors, in Vail, Colorado.

I will be doing one panel about feminism, and one panel about the Golden Age of YA, and afternoon tea signings! And much more importantly, Holly Black, Marie Brennan, Ellen Kushner, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Delia Sherman, Sherwood Smith, Janni Lee Simner, Mette Ivie Harrison, Samantha Henderson, Rachel Manija Brown, and Terri Windling will all be there. Plus editors and other squillions of exciting people. So it looks like lots of fun, and I will be needing someone to sit with at the panel for female friendships in fantasy.

And later today, I am using Skype to talk with a book club! Wish me luck on not spoiling them for the third book...

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tommyrotter
Aug. 18th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
I hope all of these things go well! If only central Ohio was a premier YA Book talk venue of choice...
sarahtales
Aug. 18th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
The Smart Chicks will be in Dayton on the 23rd! I don't know if that is central, but I know you would have a good time!
elle_winters
Aug. 18th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh I can't wait for the next one :-) Re-read Demon's Cov this summer and recommended it to a friend-who loved it. (Her favorite character is Alan-and she wants someone to love him) *hint* *hint*

You're always welcome back to the Oswego East "were" Wolves!! :-)
sarahtales
Aug. 18th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you for recommending it! People always either seem to be Team Alan Needs Love or Team Alan Needs To Be Thrown Off the Lifeboat: maybe in book three, both these things will happen!

Holly and I had a lovely time when we went...
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zhilbar
Aug. 18th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I might be able to make the Phoenix visit.

Oh, hey, Sarah. I wanted to ask. Have you ever read Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss? I think you'd like it quite a bit.
sarahtales
Aug. 18th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
That would be lovely!

I've read it, and I liked it, though the hero and heroine didn't really do it for me. My favourite was the faery servant!
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Since I unfortunately live nowhere near Ireland nor the southern/western US, can I ask the (probably stupid and/or irrelevant) question I would ask if I was attending? How do you pronounce Liannan's name?
sarahtales
Aug. 18th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Lee-annan, emphasis on the first syllable: it's pretty phonetic. Said the same way as 'leannan sidhe' in Irish, if that is helpful in any way! (And the question was not stupid at all! I'm happy you're interested!)
daisy_chan
Aug. 18th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Still no touring in New England. My heart weaps.
bredalot
Aug. 18th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
COME TO NEW ENGLAND. It is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Or, dude, even New York - I can't believe you haven't done anything in New York.

On a side note (heh), I recently lent Lexicon to a friend who was all, "I'm not really interested in this, but Breda likes it, so I'll read it," and then the next time I saw her (after not seeing her for two weeks), the first thing she said to me was, "THAT WAS AWESOME. Do you think ALL sociopaths are demons?" And then we spent a very enjoyable half hour talking very loudly, very enthusiastically, and over each other about the book (scaring our coworkers in the process). What I mean to say is, we love it.
sarahtales
Aug. 19th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
I did an event in New York last summer: it was very lovely! I love New York, and I love New England, too: I shall be in Massachusetts in the between Smart Chicks and Sirens time. Just haven't been asked to do an event there! Hopefully someday, and then I shall meet the New Englander folk I should very much like to meet! ;)

Also - thank you for recommending, and also, yay. Nothing better than talking with your friends about books you both like. I forcibly converted the Durham Lass to books so I could do this, and it makes me very happy to think of people doing it with my books!
amanuensis1
Aug. 19th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I think all us fans should make our most entertaining suggestions for a title, just to make you giggle. Mine is The Demon's Breakfast.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Mine is
The Smoking Hot Demons
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redzolah
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
The Demon's Redemption (if Nick IS actually redeemed)? The Demon's Decision? Hmm. Titles are hard.

It's funny what you say about the second book killing you. I breezed right through mine (thinking, 'Ha, I've got this writing lark down now! Watch me go!') and then my third book reached right into my skull, whipped my brain out and replaced it with mashed potato. *Instant* mashed potato. The sight of gravy still makes me scream...
branquignole
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
You're always so far away, which makes me sad. :( But yay for TDL 3! I'm so excited!
mcgooglykins
Aug. 19th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Mostly, living in Australia is fine, except when awesome things like that book festival happen elsewhere and only some sort of magical time machine can get you there. *sigh*


How do you pronounce Dun Laoghaire? Irish always trips me up.
sarahtales
Aug. 19th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Dun Leary, basically.

I should very much like to visit Australia one day!
lovetheboys
Aug. 19th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh my freaking gods you're going to be at Sirens too!?

This is awesome!

I think this needs more exclamation points: !!!!
thewritingblog
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Yes, the second article obviously kills you too... my second article needs a lot of changes... dammit.
khasael
Aug. 20th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
You're going to be at Sirens (and so will Malinda Lo)??

*schemes ways to save up the $180 conference registration fee, including begging her boss for overtime hours*
seamstresschild
Aug. 22nd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
If your Mississippi date weren't the day before a preplanned trip, I would drive across two states to be there. Best of luck with it all, and be blessed in your endeavors. We Southerners don't bite. Much.

Also, I came across this on a friend's blog (also a Sarah), and I thought you might take an interest: http://sisterstwiceremoved.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-to-be-badass-by-professor-nick.html

Please pardon the linking, but I think you'll understand why.

wave_catcher
Aug. 22nd, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Oh wow, good luck! And WOW: "Celine Kiernan, fabulous author of The Poison Throne" - I've read her two books and loved them (had to specially order the second)! The Irish are the talent, I says. Have an awesome time and wish I could stalk you all there.
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