Back in 2014, after finishing Red Rising and falling head over heels in love with it, I desperately checked Pierce Brown’s website to see if his upcoming book tour would include a stop in Toronto. Sadly, at the time, it did not, and though I was slightly heartbroken, I held out hope that he would eventually make his way to Canada as the series started to gain more attention. Apparently all my finger crossing and positive thinking worked, because fast forward two years later, and I found myself standing in line waiting to get my books signed!
After getting the afternoon off work (thanks to an awesome co-worker covering my evening shift), my brother and I decided to walk over to Indigo from his house around 3:30 to scope out the area a bit. When we arrived, they hadn’t even begun to set up for the signing yet, so while I browsed through the store, my brother curled himself up in a chair to read as much of Morning Star as he could before the event started. An hour later, as I made my way back downstairs, I was completely bewildered to discover that a line up had already started to form for people who were waiting to get seats! My brother and I quickly joined the growing line, and were lucky enough to be one of the few people who actually got to sit down!
Pierce Brown was an amazing speaker! Even my brother (who isn’t much of a reader and has never been to a book signing before in his life) was really impressed! From explaining his writing process, to providing tips to other writers, and discussing the inspiration behind some of his characters, I really wish I had brought a pen and notebook to write down some of the advice he was giving, because it was really good!
One tidbit of information that he shared, which I found interesting, is that the ideas for a lot of his characters develop through listening to music. This is something I’ve noticed about my own writing process, so I thought it was neat to hear that someone else wrote that way too! Apparently when writing scenes about Darrow he likes to listen to Johnny Cash’s song Hurt covered by Nine Inch Nails, Mustang’s song is Meet Virginia by Train, and Sevro is straight up Notorious B.I.G. This little detail really gives some more insight into each of Pierce Brown’s characters, and I’d love to find out what Victra, Ragnar, and Roque’s songs are!
When it came time for the actual signing, I was horribly nervous. As I’ve said before, authors are my rockstars, so getting to meet one of my all-time favourite writers made me feel shy and awkward. Luckily he was really easy to talk to, and the tension was completely broken when my brother asked if he could take a picture for me. I was in the middle of shaking Pierce’s hand, so as we both turned to smile we realized that we were still awkwardly holding hands for the photo. Pierce decided to totally ham it up for the camera, and pretended instead that he was about to kiss my hand. I can honestly say its the best picture I’ve ever had taken with an author before!
Overall, it was a great event, and I would definitely recommend making the effort to get out to one of Pierce Brown’s signings if you have the chance (either on this tour or any of his future ones!). Thanks to Random House Canada and Indigo for hosting a fabulous night!