*Hint--for those of you hoping to win Hush Hush, there's a chance for an extra contest entry*
Okay, so, a few weeks ago, I posted this picture when I talked about meeting the fabulous Lisa McMann:
And now it's time to talk about the lovely lady sitting next to her--the amazing Becca Fitzpatrick.
Author of this book:
Like Lisa, Becca started her presentation with her cover story. She was actually the one who picked the model (she said she only had about ten minutes to scan through the headshots, so she was really worried at first because it had been such a rushed decision). She was also the one who picked the shot they ended up using. BUT--the shot was actually supposed to look like this:
Apparently some people felt that it looked better flipped the way we're all used to seeing it, and at first Becca was really unsure of the change, because to her it looked like he was falling UP, not down. But it did grow on her, and she decided that if anyone asked she'd just say he was struck by lightning. :)
Another interesting tidbit--the poor model had to spend two hours in make-up and SIX HOURS on a trampoline doing backflips, and apparently told her it was one of the toughest workouts he'd ever done--which says a lot, cause, well, the guy looks pretty stinking buff. *scrolls up to ogle Patch* *sighs*
Becca's also a girl after my own heart--she does A LOT of revision. I think we've all heard her talk about how many years she put into Hush Hush--so I won't repeat it--but I did find it very interesting to hear that she still revises heavily. She told us that there wasn't a single scene in the first draft of Crescendo that hasn't been re-written. So...I guess there's hope for us heavy revisers out there--though I'm not sure any of them are as bad as me, *coughs*
One last tidbit--that you may have already heard, but that's too cute not to share--is that she started writing because her husband paid for her to take a writing class as her 24th birthday present. And apparently he'd been torn between the writing class and a Japanese cooking class. So if you've ever read the dedication and wondered why it says: "And to Justin. Thanks for not choosing the Japanese cooking class--love you" now you know. Which I think is absolutely adorable.
Okay, that pretty much covers her whole presentation, but I do want to add that she was definitely one of the nicest, sweetest, friendliest writers I've met, so if you have a chance to meet her--go do it, you WON'T be disappointed. And if you're hoping to win Hush Hush and would like an extra entry, leave me a comment on this post (make sure you include the name you entered the contest under) and I'll be sure to add it to the entries.
Happy Friday Everyone!