Thursday, July 7, 2011

Author Sighting: Ridley Pearson

This post is an addition to my recently
revived feature, Literary Locals.
One night after a hard day's work, I managed to sneak away from the house to help ease the tension of the day. This release was actually a trip to the library for another night with an author . . . Ridley Pearson!  Years ago, I had read one of Pearson's adult novels, Probable Cause.  I remembered enjoying the book, but don't remember much more than that.  (I also discovered as I was preparing this post and perusing Pearson's website that he was also the author of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, the book behind the made-for-tv movie, Rose Red.  Who knew?!?  I loved that book and even own a copy of both the book AND movie!)  I also have been wanting to read his Starcatchers series that he co-authors with Dave Barry.  I think that I may even have a copy of the first book in this series buried in my TBR pile!  Needless to say, after rambling about my limited exposure to his work, I knew that I wanted to attend his event and learn more about his latest series, Kingdom Keepers!

When I walked into one of the local libraries, I didn't know what I was going to expect.  I thought that considering the audience, that I may be one of the oldest in attendance.  I even felt a bit guilty because he was on his tour promoting the fourth book in the Kingdom Keepers series, and I had not even read the first one!  My hesitancy did not last long, however!  I walked into a packed room filled with men and women of all ages.  I saw very excited young ones, patiently waiting for Pearson to begin his chat.  And, I saw a large number of adults holding copies of his adult novels for signing.  I was immediately put at ease and sat back to enjoy the presentation.

The presentation was nothing like I had imagined!  He brought out a slide show and shared his unique research for his latest project ... the opportunity to tour Disney theme parks and studios exclusively!  I'm talking being able to ride the rides when no one else is around ... Being a VIP and skipping to the head of a long line during a park's during open hours ... Being able to tour the parks behind the scenes and get to know some of the secrets and little known facts.  What better "research" can you ask for?!?

Pearson had an energy and passion that I have rarely seen at events before.  I can't even put my finger on what made it so special to me.  He was entertaining and just plain funny!  It was just what I needed after a hard day at the office and I can guarantee that I have every intention of attending his next event in my area for the release of the fifth book in the Starcatchers series.  

I will leave you with one of my most memorable moments from the event ... Pearson was asked by a young member of the audience what tips he would recommend for an aspiring writer.  He spoke for a bit about how some authors pump out the books and others simply write one page a day.  Writing may come easier to some than to others.  The important thing is simply to write EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I am now trying to personally live by this advice, so Mr. Pearson . . . Thank you for the inspiration!


  1. Oh, I would stand in a long line to see Ridley Pearson. I've read several of the Peter and the Starcatchers series.

    I've heard other authors give this same advice-write every day!-and somehow I still struggle with it.

    Glad you enjoyed his talk!

  2. Your report on his presentation makes me want to read his books. Does that same energy and humour come across in his writing?

  3. Peaceful Reader ... I can't wait to read Peter and the Starcatchers! I've heard such great things about them! I think the writing every day advice is wonderful, but I also think it is something you have to work at. I am getting there. I now write at least 4 of the 7 days. I'm taking baby steps!

    The Book Chook ... It's been so long since I've read any of his books, but I will definitely keep you posted for when I do finally pick them up! :)


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