What: Talk and Book Signing
Who: Becca Fitzpatrick
Where: Crawley Library
When: 24th October 2011
Why: To promote Silence, the third instalment in the Hush Hush Series: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.
The evening began with Becca regaling us with some of the events that have shaped her early writing career.
Despite being a prolific and dedicated journal keeper as a teen Becca stated that she didn’t consider a career in writing until her husband bought her a creative writing experience for her 24 birthday. She joked that had her husband chosen differently she would be standing in front of us discussing Japanese cookery!
It was while set the task of writing a scene for her class that Becca recalled a humiliating experience from her school years. Having allowed her mind to wander in a reproductive biology class, teen Becca was abruptly called upon by her biology teacher to describe, in front of her class mates, the characteristics she looked for in a boyfriend. Having written this scene, which some of you will recognise well, Becca found herself writing another scene and another.
Becca has a wonderfully warm personality and a self depreciating humor. Providing the audience with the benefit of her experience as well as her blushes. Becca discussed her road to publication and her writing process, including her initial naive attempts to get published with an unfinished debut manuscript and recieving just shy of 100 rejection letters for Hush Hush.
In response to my question if, the as yet untitled, Hush Hush #4 was likely to break hearts Becca simply stated that her readers will recognise, from her work to date, that she is a bit of a happily ever after kind of girl and Patch and Nora definitely won’t be blown up leaving Marcie to rule the world 😉
Following on from the awesomeness of Hush Hush, Becca has plans to write a stand alone, paranormal free, contemporary YA thriller (rest assured there will be romance!).
Verdict: This ticketed event, while well attended, managed to retain an intimate laid back feel, promoting a relaxed environment for Becca to share her experiences and facilitate questions from the audience. I would definitely attend another Becca Fitzpatrick event and I look forward to Becca’s future works.