Last night Ellen Schreiber did a signing, Q&A, and reading at Brazos Bookstore in Houston. This was not the first signing I attended for Ellen, but it was my first book signing at Brazos Bookstore. Even though Brazos is about 10 minutes from my job I managed to get lost. I know don't ask. LOL When I got there I tried to quietly sit and not disturb anyone because Ellen was already speaking. Ellen talked about how Celeste, the main character in Once in a Full Moon, is very different from Raven in Vampire Kisses. Celeste is popular unlike Raven who is goth. She does talk about how Celeste is dating but isn't with "the one" until she meets Brandon the new guy in town. Brandon and Celeste are on a collision course and change each others lives. The cover for Once in a Full Moon looks beautiful online, but it doesn't compare to seeing it in person. Simply stunning!
What we learned during Q&A:
* Ellen's first published book is titled Johnny Lightning and it was released in Belgium but has never been released in the U.S.
* Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses 8) is scheduled for release in May
* There are two more Vampire Kisses books in the works but Ellen thinks there is a potential for an 11th book.
* Vampire Kisses was originally a stand alone book.
* Once in a Full Moon is set as a trilogy so two more books are planned.
I got to ask about her fans. The last time I saw Ellen at the HarperTeen Supernatural Summer Tour her fans were so excited to see her. I would say they're devotion is up there with Twilight and Harry Potter only a little more goth. I wanted to know if any fan encounter stood out.
Ellen mentioned that at one event she met a fan who came dressed in a purple corset dress with fangs. The dress was very elaborate and the outfit was very well put together. This actually stayed with Ellen and it gave her the inspiration and helped her decide that Raven would wear the dress. So in Dance with a Vampire, Vampire Kisses Four, the dress is mentioned and on the cover except the cover is red.
I got to spend some time chatting with Ellen after the event and she was really sweet to sign bookmarks and I made 5x7 photos for her to sign. Thank you so much Ellen! I'm trying to think of the perfect giveaway for those so you will have to check back.
|Me with Ellen|
For more on Ellen visit: www.ellenschreiber.com
Brazos Book Store:
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
Open Mon-Thu 10am-7pm; Fri-Sun 10am-6pm