Rick Yancey Author Event Recap & Giveaway

Last Tuesday, I went to an event at Books of Wonder with Rick Yancey to celebrate the paperback release of The 5th Wave. I'd be lying if I said this was not one of the most fun author events I have ever been to. Seriously, Rick Yancey is absolutely hilarious. He stood behind the table wielding that microphone making the crowd laugh for well over an hour while he welcomed questions. His stories were fabulous and his charisma was absolutely contagious and the questions were literally never-ending. Just, gah, everyone needs to take a lesson or two in public speaking from this entertaining master pictured to the left.

Brief note...sorry that this picture is a little dark, but the lighting wasn't the greatest and there's only so much you can do on a cell phone. :(

However, I really want to share some of what I learned with you guys! Without further ado...

~*~On The Movie~*~

Filming just wrapped last month and though he won't get to see the script for many more months because authors always hate the Director's Cut (his words, seriously), he's happy with what he has seen. He has had a solid two interactions with Chloe Grace Moretz and definitely fanboyed on the inside each time. 

His favorite scene that he saw shot was the scene where Cassie is hiding under the car and has to decide to if she wants to run and potentially die or stay under the car and probably die since she's wounded and the shooter is most likely still out there. That car? Well, it's a big block of wood. Chloe was laying under a big block of wood with a huge square tunnel cut out in it so the camera could stare directly down at her face. Of course special effects would make it like the cool inside of the car, but the minor emotions displayed on her face at this time blew his mind. This scene filmed on an airport tarmac in Atlanta was the first scene he saw shot and, guys, seeing his excitement made me literally freak out inside.

For him, this experience is "like stumbling into a dream you have had and there it is in real life." I can totally see that.

Favorite fun fact ever: the dead bodies in the film are actually mannequins. Rick Yancey desperately wanted a cameo in his own film, but they refused to give him one despite his amazing dead body imitation abilities.

~*~On The Book~*~

Rick is currently writing book three and all anyone wants to know is who gets with who? I mean, the world is ending and everything is blowing up and WE JUST NEED TO KNOW WHO ENDS UP WITH WHO. 

Aside from that...these are some of my favorite questions and answers from the night.

1. Are any characters based on people you know?
They sneak their way in, especially his son who is preparing to enter college. He actually channeled Cassie's personality form his wife, Sandy, who he would run to often with amazingly snarky quotes only to realize he took them from her when she said them weeks prior.

2. Where did the idea for The 5th Wave come from?
Fear of aliens and personal bankruptcy, of course! ;) He always wanted to write science fiction so he took an alien invasion theme and made it about us instead of them. Because we never actually see the aliens, the series is all the more unique.

3. Why does he write YA?
His career as a young adult novelist actually started from failure. He wrote an adult novel with a male protagonist and it wouldn't sell, and now he's here.

4. Do you have any writing rituals?
His rituals build on each other the longer he writes. In the beginning he had absolutely none, but now he has to be writing on his patio with a fire going even though it's hot in Florida (because he compares them to the fires of creation). He also has to drink a certain amount of coffee and listen to a certain kind of music. No more writing in the car!

5. Where would he go if the world was ending?
If the world was ending, Rick Yancey would go to Disney instead of staying in his house because they would stay open right until the end and probably attempt to negotiate with the aliens. I mean...let's be honest. ;)

6. If he lived in his world, when would he die?
The author would die in the first wave...stuck in an elevator with much bigger people for days with one bottle of water and no food. (This literally made me die!) If he needs a quicker death then he would probably be at Disney on a roller coaster when the power goes out so he dangles and dangles and dangles then falls out and dies.

7. Favorite thing about being an author?
He is very thankful to be where he is today and even at the event at Books of Wonder. In his eyes, the coolest part of writing a story is the ability to entertain yourself since you're your own first audience and having people react in a way where they share in that joy brought on by an entertaining story. The joy of reading can unite people and make them all care for something. Because of this he does care for his readers. An example is that he makes it incredibly clear which perspective you are currently reading after feedback from the beginning of book one.

8. What's so interesting about writing for him?
It's really interesting to him to write young characters like Sammy because you don't want to bore readers with simple sentences, but little kids experience before they can process, so it's challenging to get inside their head sometimes.

9. My favorite piece of parting wisdom: Books are organic. You work in a garden and nothing is set in stone so it changes as you go. Writing is not a formula, but a process that you're working through constantly.

10. Fact that made me squirm: the last bit of his survival food would most likely be sardines because he eats them once a week. (EEEWWWWW!!!!!!)

~*~Giveaway~*~
This giveaway is provided by the amazing publisher, Penguin. It is for one (1) paperback of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. You must be 13 years or older to enter and this is for US citizens only. The winner has 48 hours to respond before I pick a new one.

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May the odds be ever in your favor. (:
Thank you to Penguin for providing this giveaway prize! 

24 comments:

  1. I don't think I've seen an author say they have so many writing rituals! Most are like "music to fit the mood of the book, maybe coffee" but no, he has everything down to the tiniest detail. I also always find it funny when authors talk about their first novel not working - the power of YA!

    I would also die in the first wave because I am a total wimp.

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    1. I just think it's funny that he used to have none and now he has a ton. The fire going despite him living in Florida is absolutely hilarious to me. I suppose it comes in handy at night? Strokes the fires of creation! haha

      I would die in the first wave. Not as interestingly as him, I'd probably just be walking and boom. I die.

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  2. I love that Cassie's personality is inspired by his wife and his "amazingly snarky quotes" for Cassie are actually from his wife! I want to meet this lady!

    Oh, and that I love that he would go to Disney if the world was ending and aliens were invading. Perfect spot!

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    1. Right? He was telling us that story and I thought it was hilarious because he would be so proud of himself and she would just be like "I said that weeks ago." It's his subconscious including her in the story. haha

      Disney would seriously fight the aliens though. That's the best part.

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  3. This is an awesome recap, Lili! I remember being blown away by The 5th Wave when I read it... I can't wait for the movie! I love that he said he'd go to Disneyland at the end of the world... I mean, happiest place on earth, right? Can't go wrong there!! XD

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  4. I'm so jealous. I would love to attend some kind of author event. I'm so excited for the movie. I can't believe they wouldn't let Rick have a cameo. What?! I bet his amazing ability to be a dead body is awesome. Sorry we won't get to see that. :( Thank you so much for the giveaway. I'd love to own my very own copy of this awesome book.

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    1. Haha I think nearly anyone can be a kickass dead body, if you ask me.

      Good luck! (:

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  5. I didn't know that this was being made into a movie! I'm definitely going to have to read this series now :) thanks for sharing!

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  6. Wish I could have made it!!! It sounds like you had an awesome time. *Looks angrily at painting*

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    1. bahahahaha the class is fun though, so there's that?

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  7. Great recap!! I had so much fun at the event and it was so awesome seeing Yancey speak. I'm beyond pumped for the movie.

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  8. Aww, I'm sad that they didn't give Rick a cameo. D:
    And it's interesting to learn that the dead bodies in the film are actually mannequins. If I ever watch the movie, I'll be looking VERY closely at the dead bodies.

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    1. Right? Cameos are amazing!

      I am going to be examining them super closely, too, don't worry haha

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  9. I loved learning about his writing rituals, especially the fire. Thanks for posting this - I love reading about book events as I've never went to one before.

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    1. You should definitely get to one if there ever is one in your general area! The drive is typically worth it!

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  10. Just how funny and charismatic he is! That is funny about the YA book introduction and the sardines! Thank you so much for sharing! This was great and sounded like a great event!

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    1. the sardine thing thoroughly grossed me out haha

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  11. *snorts* This is great! Aliens and Disney :D As much as I lover roller coasters, I don't think I'd want to die by falling out of one after hanging upside down for a while. Granted, you'd probably pass out before falling, so at least you wouldn't experience your death. Cool that Chloe is in the movie, too! I've loved the last couple of movies I've seen with her in them (If I Stay and Laggies) :)

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    1. Bahaha your reasoning about the roller coaster death is kind of great.

      Yeah, she is the lead! Her career is really taking off...Even Rick said that she seems very focused on her career despite being 18 years old.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. This is so cool! I would love to meet one of my favorite authors and get to hear about what they think of things, such as the movie adaptation. I would have loved to hear him explain the stuff he saw in the filming of the movie based on his book. That was probably my favorite part because it's so fascinating. (:

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    1. It was definitely really cool in person!

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