YA Wednesdays (and about 99 other fans) spent last night with Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan at the Orange County Public Library. We drove over from Tampa, a one hour road trip, and snacked before the main event.

I-4 road trip
I-4 road trip

First they read from their respective novels (Carry On by Rowell and Another Day by Levithan) and then they generously took questions from the audience before happily signing books for what seemed like hours, until the entire line was satisfied.

A reading by the authors
A reading by the authors

So, what did we learn?  Well, here are a few things:

1. David is a pantser and Rainbow is a semi-plotter.  Apparently, there are two types of writers, those that write by the seat of their pants (pantsers) and those that plan/plot/outline their books before writing (plotters).
2. David has ideas that sit in the “idea waiting room” before releasing them out into the world.
3. Rainbow is a control freak.
4. Rainbow said that Carry On was the first book she ever wrote in third person present tense.
5. Don’t talk about books (or collaborations , for that matter ) before they are done. As expressed by other authors we’ve seen both expressed that books can be talked to death before they’re ever finished.
6. David is an editor by day and novelist by night.
7. Rainbow worked as a columnist for a newspaper and creative director for an ad agency before becoming an author.
8. David would be a 5th grade teacher if he hadn’t become a writer.
9. Both had differing opinions on NaNoWriMo–David didn’t think it was feasible to have anyone write a novel in one month, Rainbow (who’s Fangirl is a product of NaNoWriMo) is an advocate for a program that she thinks helps get novels off the ground.
10. Will they ever collaborate? Probably not, but maybe.

We <3 Rainbow Rowell
We ❤ Rainbow Rowell
David Levithan was gracious enough to pose with us
David Levithan was gracious enough to pose with us
A Gift for Rainbow
A Gift for Rainbow

We had such a great time and can’t wait for them to visit The Sunshine State again.  This is a great beginning to Book Club week, where we will discuss Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.

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