Last night was the CINDER event for author Marissa Meyer at The King’s English bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her first announcement to the crowd was the Cinder just hit the NYT bestsellers list at number 10. Congrats Marissa!
She then told us a little bit about the history behind the story which stems from her fascination with the anime series Sailor Moon. Marissa wrote fan fiction based on Sailor Moon for ten years before launching into her Cinder series which she wrote partially in one month during NanoWrimo. Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles is set in futuristic Beijing, China. In this world, Asia is all one country also inhabited by Lunas which look like humans. Book two, Scarlet, will be set in France, book three, titled Cress in the Sahara Desert and book four, Winter, in the Lunars. The Lunar Chronicles are all going to be based on fairy tales. Cinder– Cinderella, Scarlet-Little Red Riding Hood, Cress-Rapunzel, and Winter-Snow White.
After Q&A Marissa signed books for us and others in attendance. Spotted at the event were Brodi Ashton, author of Everneath, Bree Despain author of The Dark Divine Series, writers Valynne E. Maetani, The Luckiest Clover and Helen Kiaya Pemberton, Jessica from Books: A True Story and Carrie from Stalking the Bookshelves.
I posted my full photo album with descriptions on the Facebook pages for Heather Gardner Photography, Fire and Ice, on smug mug and twitter.
And if by chance you missed the event last night…no worries you can head to Provo Library tonight at 7 PM for another chance to see Marissa Meyer!
We are giving away an author signed CINDER postcard to one of our readers. Simply comment below to enter. Open internationally. Ends January 26, 2012.