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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!
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)
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