This past Wednesday July 16, Kylie and I headed to Anderson’s for the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast! This featured 8 authors who are made of awesome. The event was a lot of fun but how can you not have fun when you have a room full of YA authors and readers? One of my favorite parts of these events is running into the same people. Of course Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide was there and friends from Twitter including: @BookProbs (my book fairy), Sylvia aka @SylvyGrace, Sarah aka @EscapingSarah and so many more! I usually take notes but this time Kylie recorded AND TRANSCRIBED the whole evening. Seriously Kylie rocks guys (don’t tell her I said that). Read how awesome these authors were and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!
Bethany Crandell: Hi I’m Bethany. I’m from San Diego and I’m enjoying the weather I brought with me. I hope you all enjoy it cause this is what I’m used to everyday. So this is Summer on the Short Bus, and for those of you who don’t know it’s a very politically incorrect story about a 17 year old girl who learns a life lesson while at a summer camp for disabled teens. It’s potentially offensive but it’s very honest and it’s a lot of fun and I think it’s a really fun story.
Lindsay Cummings: Your cover is super cute, so that’s a plus. It’s like a satin.
Bethany: It’s made out of kitten paws.
(laughter and awes)
Lindsay: I’m Lindsay Cummings. I’m 23, this is my book baby The Murder Complex. It is a story set in the future Florida Everglades set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate, and every time it gets dark tons of people are murdered and no ones know why or who’s behind it. Cue creepy music.
A.G. Howard: My book is Unhinged, I guess this is the one that I’m doing tonight. Have any of you read Splintered?
A.G.: Yeah! I’ll give a quick go-over of what it’s about. It’s the great-great-great-granddaughter of Alice finds out that Wonderland is real and it’s actually really really creepy. She falls down in the rabbit hole and she meets Rabid White, instead of the white rabbit, and everyone’s topsy turvey turned on their heads and she meets this fella right here (points to Unhinged cover) who is more Morpheus; he is her guy or possibly he might be an evil doer, we don’t know. And the second book is where Wonderland starts seeping into the real world and trying to pull her back in. So obviously you know she gets out eventually in the first one, spoiler alert sorry!
Lynne Matson: My name’s Lynne Matson and I’m the author of Nil. It is a story about teens who are trapped on this island and they have a year to escape or they die. It’s told from the point of view from a guy named Thad who is a Canadian snow-boarder and he’s been on Nil for over 9 months; so he’s got only a little less than 3 to go, and it’s also told from the view point of the girl Charley who is a new comer. So you get the veteran, the newcomer, and you get a little swoony romance and you get a ticking clock and some creepy creepy animals.
Whitney Miller: Hi guys! I’m so excited to see all of you this is amazing. So I’m Whitney Miller, I’m the author of The Violet Hour. This is my debut novel and I’m gonna continue the creeptastic sort of streak we have going here. My book is about the daughter of a sinister cult leader and she is harboring a dangerous secret which is that she hears a voice in her head that commands her to kill and shows her visions of a blood soaked alternate reality. While she’s on a trip the visions start to come true. So she has to figure out how to stop it or let all of her family and friends die around her. Which is not a great option.
Amy Lynden Rolland: I’m Amy, or A. Lynden Rolland and I’m going to continue on with the creeptastic factor. My book Of Unbreakable Things is about dead people. My main character is dead on page 1. She has just died and finds herself face-to-face with her third grade teacher and she’s kinda like “what are you doing here? are you dead too? what’s going on?” and she enters this mental after world. You have mind, body and spirit and you take away body you still have mind and spirit, so it’s a mental world and the mind can do some pretty psychedelic things when it doesn’t have the barrier of the body around it holding it back. Not everyone is good spirited just because they’re spirits. So there’s a lot of evil minds out there in this world as well so it’s creepy but it’s pretty good. A little scary at some points in the end. But ya know.
Philip Siegel: So I’m Philip Siegel and I just wanted to point out how blonde this half of the table is. I’m a little jealous. So my book is The Break Up Artist and it’s about a girl who runs a business breaking up couples at her school. So think ‘Mean Girls’ or ‘Easy A’, that tone. So she’s hired to break up the most popular couple in their school. The Jay-Z and Beyonce of their school. So she has to go under cover and infiltrate the popular click. Do some espionage and sabotage until, you know, she busts this couple apart. But she may learn some things along the way. and unlike these other books nobody dies in the end (laughs). Or in the beginning!
Paula Stokes: So I’m Paula Stokes, I also write as Fiona Paul, The Secret of the Eternal Rose series. I don’t have the US one, but here’s the Australian one which I’m going to be giving away. This is my first contemporary book The Art of Lainey and it’s kind of happiness in book form. It’s the story of a popular soccer player who has everything going right in the world and then her perfect boyfriend dumps her in the worst way ever and she kind of starts to fall apart because she’s been dating him for 2 years and she’s relied on him and it’s almost like part of her identity is wrapped up in him. So she is very competitive and she decides she’s going to try and win him back, and her and her friend end up using strategies from The Art of War; which is like this old Chinese strategy manual and the way they interpret it is debatably correct at times but it results in like a story that’s really funny and really romantic and has a really hot boy in it. Preferred for the summer time, warm weather, which I’m assuming we’re gonna get at some point. So yeah, check it out.
Question: Why the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast and who thought it up?
Paula: I guess Phil and I should take that. So it was originally Phil and I… actually several of us all blog at the YA valentines- it’s a 2014 author group, and so Phil and I both have… no one dies in our books, similar in the sense that their both fun and contemporary. How could we promote them, and at the time I was living in St. Louis and Phil’s from Chicago so we were like “oh we could do some events together” and then it just kind of spiraled outward. I went on a Reckless Reads tour as Fiona Paul and they were like “here’s the west coast tour, here’s the east coast tour” and I was like “What about the middle?” People read there! So we picked out a map and were like “What cities should we go to”, and obviously Anderson’s is awesome so it was one of our first picks. We spotted on a map how much we could possibly do in a car without wanting to kill each other. Then Lindsay is our co-blogger too, and she was game for like the whole trip so like the 3 of us from Minnesota, and we kind of veered away from the river and went with Texas cause Texas is also awesome, from what I’ve heard. So That’s pretty much how it is. I kind of had the idea expecting Phil to be like “that’s a terrible idea” but instead he was like “Let’s do it!’
Phil: And I will say when we were plotting we didn’t have the idea for mighty Mississippi, we were plotting and like “what’s this big river right through everything!”
Lindsay: And then I waited til like the end when they had it all planned out and I was like “Hey so can I go with you?”
Paula: And we were like “Obviously, your book is awesome and you will bring in the young people.” So she’s our ringer.
Question: As you experienced more in life has anything made you want to change the plot or outcome of your books? Or do you stay loyal to your plot and wouldn’t change a thing?
Paula: Doesn’t everyone have at least one thing they would want to change?
A.G.: Not change, but I think there’s something that I would do different. I was actually talking to my girls today, my posse, and I would change the way I describe – for those of you who have read it you know I’m very descriptive in everything, but I think I really didn’t go and describe like Morpheus’s wings like really clearly. A lot of people are asking me “what does he look like” because so many of my fans are amazing and talented and they love to draw “how do I draw his wings? What does he look like?” and I’m just like *GASP* I didn’t tell you?! So that’s probably the one thing, and I have like the pat answer I give out now so that everybody knows, so if they ask me I can tell you what I think they should look like… but it’s kinda cool cause one of the girls was saying she kinda likes to imagine it herself. So she liked that I left it to her imagination.
Amy: I have one. There’s a lot of stories I feel right now that have come out this year about the living interacting with the dead, and my story isn’t like that. There’s only one character in the book that’s actually alive and I’m getting a lot of tweets and a lot of emails that say “I really love this character, why isn’t she in the book more?” And I’m like “hahaha she’s more in the sequel” but I’m thinking maybe I should’ve put in the book- well then maybe I shouldn’t have put her in the first one. Never mind! Withdraw answer.
Amy: So if you like her, buy the second book when it comes out. She’s really snarky and sarcastic and in a book like this I feel like you need that sort of comic relief. So she supplies that.
Phil: Something small I might change is that, I tried my best but when you write YA you want it to be current but not so dependent on pop culture, you know you want to transcend so you want to use timeless references. So I tried as best I can, but there’s one scene in the book where Becca, the main character, is talking with someone and they’re talking about the current heart throb and I couldn’t think of anyone like who is popular now, so I wrote Leonardo DeCaprio because when I was 16 it was during ‘Titanic’ and everyone was obsessed with him, and then I was re-reading the book and was like “do teenagers like Leonardo DeCaprio?” I mean I saw ‘Wolf of Wallstreet’ and he was kinda, like, flabby in that.
Bethany: Talking about that, [Summer on] The Short Bus has a lot of very… the lead guy is a doppelganger for Zac Efron, and that has come back to bite me so many times. People are like “Oh she’s got a crush on Zac Efron” and I don’t have a crush on Zac Efron! And in editing my editor pointed out that kids might not get like a ‘Brady Bunch’ reference for example, and I was like, okay. I remember being in a checkout line in Target and I asked the girl checking me out “You know who Pearl Jam is right? If I were to refer to them?” and she was like “whaaaaat?’ It’s hard though because you do want to tie it into relevant stuff…
A.G.: But they say write what you know!
Bethany: Write what you know – Brady Bunch and Zac Efron
Lindsay: Writing what we know, just know that I am not a murder!
A.G.: And I’ve never been to Wonderland, maybe…
Paula: One thing I would probably go back and change, and there’s not much, I love the book. But I wanted the main character to be clueless on purpose because I wanted her to gradually figure it out through the whole book. So she starts out like – she hears about all the wrong stuff. She hears that she’s popular, and that she’s a good athlete, and that her boyfriends hot. She kind of loses her confidence after he dumps her and over the course of the book she realizes that all that stuff isn’t totally important. But I guess there are so many people that don’t like her! So I guess instead of making her so obsessed with her boyfriend because he’s cute and popular I could have made it more like she really really loved him and that’s what destroyed things for her. Everybody really really likes the other guy in the book, Micah, so I should’ve put him in more, but #shamelessplug, there’s a 100 page novella from Micah’s point of view! 99% Micah and just a dash of Lainey for fun.
Whitney: I’d spend some more time inside the cult. Because I’m super fascinated with cults and I’m thinking of starting my own cult. So I was thinking this could be the first meeting, I’m just throwing that out there
Bethany: Here’s some kool-aid
Whitney: But we’ll see more of it in the sequel.
Question: Did you guys have any say on the making of the book covers?
Lindsay: Okay there was a few tears shed. I saw the first one and she looked like a prostitute. I was like “No she kills people… not the other thing.” So they were very kind at Harper Collins, they changed the girl. The second one was literally identical to me, and I didn’t know if I wanted to promote myself. I know I look good, but not really.. and then they come up with this one and I was really happy with it. But I know some people that have not been happy with theirs so I felt really blessed.
Bethany: Lynne and I was just discussing this in the car…
Lynne: I was actually gonna see if I could pull up my old cover, but it’s surprising how little you get to say in your cover. You get a consultation and it’s not really your choice, but this is not Nil‘s first cover. The first time I had an experience similar to Lindsay’s, it said Nil in white blanch letters, and you can still see the tally marks here, and it had the island palms trees but it was turquoise and orange and it had silhouettes of people like seven of them and their faces were blurred out it was just a silhouette, and there are two really cool things about it. The ticking time clock works and the island feel, but the silhouettes look like none of my characters and first one that came out there was a girl and she’s standing there and I called her stripper girl. She was standing in stilettos. When the kids arrive on Nil they are naked. They are not wearing Jimmy Choo’s. So they subtract stripper girl and then they put in this tough girl. I approved tough girl, but at tat point I was like I wouldn’t have gone with it, but I would have embraced it. But then they went in this direction and I was so much happier because one I didn’t like the fact that none of them – like if I was the reader after I finished I would go back to the front and try to match the `every silhouette with a character. That’s what I would do. And I would be annoyed that the two main characters were not in the picture. There was one that maybe could’ve been, but they were off to the side. So the thing about this that I love is that in Nil the biggest antagonist is the island itself. It’s creepy it’s mysterious, it gets in people’s heads, it messes with them. And of course you need to either escape or you die so I think this highlighted that.
A.G.: I had a say in pretty much all of mine. The first one, the girl, when they sent it to me, I mean how could you argue with these? In the first one it’s her, and when they first came to us in a mock, and this is interesting to me because what I thought is you’re going to get your book published, there’s going to be someone in house, an artist, who’s going to do all the artwork for everyone’s book. But what they do, a lot of them do, is they actually go out and get freelance artists and they look for a mood or they look for some kind of an aura about that artist’s work that makes them think of your book. So what you have is a designer in house that has read the whole book, who knows what they have in mind and then they go out and find an artist and they work together as a team. So when we first got her she was like garden of Eden. She was so clean and she looked so innocent and she just looked like Eve in the garden of Eden so I said “rough her up, she’s been through some stuff, show it” and I also got to say put a key on her neck, and I didn’t have to do a lot on this one cause it was so good from the beginning. Then this one (Unhinged) I had a little input on it because I didn’t like they way he looked in the beginning because he looked a little too much like – and let me know if you can still see it, and some people have told me online a little bit – Edward Cullen. Believe me he looked os much more like him before I was like “oh no no no!” Cause they’re not even close to the same person. They’re not anything a like. And I just wanted us to be two separate things. she has her thing and I have mine and I didn’t want anyone crossing wires there. So I had a lot of input on him and I actually have a graphic art program that I will use and I will send back to them this is what you need to do. Add the eye thing, make his eyes a little wider, pluck his eyebrows, and you know they did everything I asked it was just a back and forth a lot. For the third one they had terrible models the first time around for Jeb’s character who was like boy band. slick hair, and like he was 30 years old, and I was like “what the heck! this guy’s a teen” so there was a ton of back and forth, but yeah there was a whole bunch of stuff we had to change. Then they got the right model and I loved him right off the bat. He was like an artist and he looked like a skater guy; just a normal guy, and that’s what I wanted for him.
Phil: I love this cover. I feel very grateful. So with Harlequin they had asked “What kind of stuff do you want in your cover? We’ll try to do the best that we can.” So I had two main things is that I didn’t want any pink, and I wanted it to be illustrated. And I told them about the cover Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. I don’t know if you guys have read it, but the cover is like the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen I was like “I want that” and then they delivered this and it was beyond my wildest expectations and I just loved the little detailing of it, and what surprised me too that I didn’t even notice until people pointed it out to me is that the girl on the cover, she’s like a normal sized girl, ya know like on so many covers the girl is like stick thin, but she’s just a normal looking girl and she looks great. That was just an unexpected surprise and I love that there’s people who latched onto that.
Bethany: I said “I want a gigantic green thong”
Bethany: The first cover they came out with for Short Bus looked like a trail guide for hiking with a disabled person at Yosemite, it was terrible. It looked like a grocery bag, brown, and it kinda looked beat up like that, and you know the image of the disabled person on the handicapped parking, all the characters where like in that format and there was a little bus next to it and the main character was off to the side with these gigantic pig-tails and it was terrible. I called my agent and dropped a gigantic f-bomb. I didn’t know what I wanted, but that was not it. It was terribly upsetting, my publisher called back and they certainly wanted us to be happy. They had come up with this idea, it’s from a scene in the book – a pivotal moment – and they had said “well we tried that but it didn’t work so we came up with this.” I took some sharpies out of my drawer and I drew this picture, scanned it and sent it in and I said “This is what I had in my mind. What I was imagining in my mind” and they were like “We wanna use that!” So they had their in house designer re-create it, and the intention is to have it look sort of crafty and hand drawn, but I promise a professional did it; if you saw the one I came up with… it’s very bad.
Question: Who was your favorite character to write?
Amy: actually, beside the girl who’s actually alive because she’s pretty funny, is a character that was the least like me. His name’s Jonas, and he kind of tries to throw a wrench in the mix. Because there’s Alex and Jason and some are like “Is that a love triangle with Jonas” and NO it’s just a straight line and Jonas is just a jerk who tries to mess up that line and it’s a little jagged but it is not a triangle. He just wants to beat out his brothers at something for once in his life, and there’s Chase who’s the love interest for my main character and he’s one of those four brothers. So he’s just sarcastic and mean and when they were little he would kick the main character in the shins and he locked her in a trunk once, and he’s just awful, but there’s something to him and it goes a lot deeper than the surface so he was a lot of fun to write. His dialogue wasn’t something that I would typically say or do so it was nice to see that side of myself so he’s my personal favorite.
Paula: Following on that, my favorite character to write was the one who was most like me. That is actually Micah’s little sister Trinity in the book. She’s super nice and she’s kind of artistic and she does her own thing and wears what she wants and doesn’t really care about what other people think and when I thought about it I think I kind of made my own Luna Lovegood; she’ll also just tell you things and she’s kind of wise like an old soul and she can see things other older people can’t see. So she’s kinda like a little guide to Micah and Lainey when they get off course.
Phil: For me my favorite character to write was Becca’s best friend Val. She’s just like this spunky like funny fast talking friend kinda like, have you ever seen the show Awkward? Tamara! Like that. It was just so much fun to write, and especially writing Becca and Val and that best friend interplay. There are some scenes between them that are like verbatim for me and my friends. One scene val asks Becca, cause she’s interested in a guy, she’s like “what’s my percentage chance with him” and she’s like “I don’t know like 50?” she’s like “That’s it?!” and like I’ve literally had that with my friends like several times over.
Lindsay: My book is in split point of view, so it’s Meadow who is the kick-a girl who kills everyone, and then Zephyr who kills people too but feels bad about it. But it’s kind of like asking your parents to pick their favorite child, but my mom naturally would say she likes my older sister more, but I like them both the same, because they’re like so different, but they’re my babies and I can’t just pick one ya know?Okay well then I like Talan. She’s like the funny character who’s kind of an idiot air head and I’ll be sitting there by myself and I’ll write a joke and say “haha that’s funny”
Bethany: I would say Claire, she is 16 years old, has down syndrome, and has no filter. She’s just a riot because she’s as genuine as any person you’ll ever meet and I think she’d be fun to sit on a bench with and people watch. She might say something inappropriate but it’s not because her hearts in the wrong place, but she’s just going to share it. Claire is just a ball.
A.G.: Mine is Morpheus. He was inspired by two of my favorite heroes from my favorite teen movies. One was labyrinth; Gareth and then the other as (unknown 😦 mic didn’t pick up) and they were just some how woven into Morpheus in my brain and he just came alive. He’s such a challenge and I think that’s why he’s my favorite to write, and he’s the one that takes the story in other directions. I don’t even know where he’s gonna go and I’m like’ should I follow him?’ but I usually follow him and it turns out really good and is gonna be a twist. Plus he talks in a British accent and you can’t beat that.
Whitney: Mine was the best friend Dora, well obviously since it’s a horror book it’s supposed to be grim and scary and creepy, but every time she bursts onto the page it’s all like striped socks and eye brows and funny jokes and moments of levity. It’s the same thing where I’m laughing out loud at my jokes.
Question: Do any of your friends or family read your drafts and if they do what do you do based on their feedback?
Lindsay: My husband, is not a reader, and one time I made the mistake of making him read my book. On like page 2 he was like “Let me give you some advice now” so that’s never happened again.If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend don’t let them read your stuff cause then you’re just going to get in a fight over it and you’re gonna hate them for a while and then you’ll try to kill them in your book.
A.G.: personally I have a lot of my friends, who are even here, their my critic partners too, and they read my stuff and offer great advice but I always listen to my gut and that’s what they expect me to do, they offer me advice and then I listen to my gut and go with what I feel is right and it’s the same thing with my editor. A lot of authors think, okay so I signed with an editor i have to do everything single thing they say and they can rip up my book and I can’t do a thing. If you can offer solid arguments, just like with the covers, solid arguments for why this is gonna work or why it’s not in there. you’re the author, you know. so if you can offer good comments on why then they will listen to you most of the times. and try to compromise on some of the things you don’t mind giving in so that they feel like they’re contributing too so that way everyone’s happy. But yeah my husband never reads my work, well he reads them when it’s done. He always reads my books when they are done. Finished copies in his hand.
Amy: The thing about Of Unbreakable Things, I didn’t write it with the intent to publish it. I was a high school English teacher and I went on maternity leave and I went from multitasking to having 10,000 things to do during the day to all of a sudden holding this screaming baby and he would scream if I turned on the light to read a book in the middle of the night he would scream if I turned on the tv so I spent so much time staring at the wall. I was not in the right mind-set because I started writing about dead people. Once he slept through a stretch of about 6 hours I just typing and typing. The original story was 800 pages because I just wrote it to get it out of my head so of course I wouldn’t let anybody read that, but when my best friend said “what have you been doing all this time?” – my husband didn’t care he was like “just hold the baby” but my best friend was like “I wanna read it” so she read it. She doesn’t like YA, she doesn’t like fantasy, she doesn’t like paranormal so for her to like my YA-fantasy/paranormal it was pretty good. So we cut it down to 400 pages and we went to the university of Google to figure out what to do with it started researching agents and went from there. So now yes, I have people read it and critique it because I am never doing that again; cutting down a book from 800 pages and having to do years of editing like I did with this one.
Phil: Before I came to writing I did screen writing, and I remember I wrote a script about kids who were in a cult and they escaped but the cult was a part of a conspiracy and I worked hard on it I was very proud of it and I showed it to my parents and they read it and said “Why did you have to use the “S-H” word?” That was the only thing they got out of it. And they’re really supportive of my writing, but I learned that they aren’t the best critics. So when they read this my Mom of course said “Is this based on me?”
Phil: There’s little things. Like the dad in the book has a drawer full of expired coupons, that’s my dad. And I remember my dad read this, and my dad never reads unless it’s the wall street journal, and I was like :yeah okay, you’ll read it sure” then he calls me one day and he’s like “Raccoon mask Raccoon mask” I was like”What are you talking about are you having a stroke?” He’s like “That was so funny, raccoon mas” and I was like “What are you talking about?” and he’s like “Your main character, you said that she wears a raccoon mask” because she helps people through a Skype but she has to be in a disguise, and I was like “Oh does that mean you like it?” and he’s like “Yeah it’s do funny that she wore a raccoon mask” So they’re supportive.
Paula: I always have my mom read my books, because I don’t know if anyone has the Galley of the ARC of The Art of Lainey, but before the book gets to the galley I’ve read it like 25 times my editors read it like 3 times the copy editor has read it, a proof reader has read it, a managing production editor has read it. My mom picks up the ARC and there’s a typo in the second sentence, and there is! It says “all I see is coming is Jason” and I was like *sigh* So yeah now all the ARCs go to my mom and she’ll find typos and she’ll also be like “well I just thought this sentence was little bit weird” but she’s a great copy editor. She’s like the last line of defense now.
Lynne: I actually have my husband read all my books first. He’ll be like “Well, ya know, I don’t think a guy would say this.” Or he’ll come up with something and be like “Would she really do this?” and I’m like “Yes she would!” So I found out that after every time he reads it I feel like I get my backbone. I find myself arguing every little comment he makes. But then he’ll make a few comments and be like “but I really loved it”
Lindsay: I let my Grandma, my little white haired sweet Grandma, borrow The Murder Complex, and she gave it back to me. Before she finished it. She’s like “it was too much for me” after like 3 pages (laughs)
Question: If you could take one character from your books and bring them to life for a day who would it be and what would you do?
A.G.: I think we’ve established Morpheus. We’d fly, but I wouldn’t look cause I’m scared of heights.
Lindsay: Meadow kind of is me, like I made me into that book and into her, so here I am! I would go to a book signing with her…
Phil: I would pick my main character Becca, I think she’s cool and not because I wrote her. I think we’d have a really good time.
Paula: I would choose Micah because he’s super hot. He is a baker and I worked in a restaurant for like 6 years and we could bake food and it would be awesome.
Amy: I would choose Chase I guess. He’s the love interest and he’s so kind-hearted and he’s just absolutely perfect, and that was one of the critiques I had from my editor was that he was too perfect. I had to through some flaws in there because he’s the most sweet character, but he does shelter Alex.
Whitney: I’d bring my main character Harlow for the day. We’d probably braid each others hair and I’d tell her to stop acting so crazy. We’d go to the mall, have a Cinnabon.
Lynne: I feel like Lindsay earlier where you can’t pick between your kids. I’d love hanging out with Charley, but Thad’s a hot Canadian snowboarder. I don’t know, it’d be tough.
Bethany: I’d have to pick Quinn. He looks just like Zac Efron.
Question: If you were to choose one of your characters and they had to survive in any other book who would you choose and what would they to do to survive?
Bethany: Cricket can go into any of the murdering books, just to see what they do to her. She deserves whatever she gets.
Lindsay: I think it’d be funny to put Meadow in like Lainey or something. She’d be like “what is coffee? What am I supposed to do with this crap? Can I just kill the coffee person?”
Paula: They could play soccer and yeah… it’d get ugly.
A.G.: That’s exactly why I wrote my second book in the real world because I wanted to see how Morpheus would act, the Wonderlanders would act, so that’s a really good question.
Lindsay: I think people from Nil would totally be able to make it in this book.
Lynn: I was gonna say I could stick Charley and Thad in there, but then they would be annoyed. They’d be like “Didn’t I just do this?”
Amy: And then once they die you can put all the dead people in here.