I’ve been an avid reader since grade school (and accelerated reader!) but, I’ve always been drawn to books about mythology (greek/roman), and just about anything in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
I guess that makes me a bigger nerd that you already thought by reading this blog? Oh well, regardless, it’s about time I come clean on the fact anyway.
After reading The Night Circus last fall, a friend of mine suggested I check out one of her favorite books, A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. After downloading it on my Kindle, I was hooked.
So when I found out that Deborah would be in NYC on July 18th for a book signing of the 2nd novel in the trilogy, Shadow of Night, we made it an event.
There were a few things that struck me about Deborah – it is very clear that she is a Professor – in how she addresses a crowd (and even the way she posts status updates on Facebook.) She’s clearly used to dealing with students.
During the discussion, Deborah gave some background regarding the characters and how the idea for the trilogy came to be. She brought up that Diana Bishop, the main female character, was inspired by her female students at USC, and how they seemed to fear coming into their future and their “power” as women.
After waiting in line to get a copy of the book signed, I was trying to figure out what I would say to the author when I met her - And we talked for a few minutes about Upstate NY (one of the locations in the books) and she told me that I seemed like a great student :)