One of my favorite things about attending author events is that I get to step into the mind of the writer, even if it may be in snippets. I get to peak into a world behind the world that I read about. I get to find out the inspiration, the process, the time, and the sweat that goes into the stories that I love. Erik Larson was no exception! For example, in a span of a couple of hours, I learned that Larson finds the research and writing the easy part of his job. The difficult part is the "idea hunt" -- what to write about next. I also discovered through an hilarious story that his own daughter called him out on national television, challenging him to share if he "makes this stuff up." (For those who are curious . . . he does not! And, his daughter almost found herself stranded hundreds of miles from home!) And, I walked away with my favorite quote of the night . . . "If I give someone nightmares, I declare that a victory." As morbid as this sounds, this is my kind of author!
|Erik Larson speaking to a packed crowd.|
What have been some of your favorite author events? What makes them your favorite?