Now for the fun stuff:
The festival started off with the authors being introduced with a Battle of Wits quiz. Each author had to choose between two characters they thought would win a battle of wits. Hardest questions: Sherlock or James Bond and Gandolf or Merlin. I think I have decided Sherlock and Gandolf.
|Look at all the tiny authors|
|That's a sleeping yak during Simone's keynote speech|
I loved listening to the authors discuss their books, writing styles, world-building and more.
For example, Mary Lindsey on how she comes up with new writing ideas: "[Writers] take it to the next What If and then another What If."
And Cory Oakes on realistic yet creative world-building: "There is a huge difference between the world in your head and the world that ends up on the page." Because authors will have books worth of world-builing material that will never make it on the page.
And some great advice from Rosemary Clement-Moore: "Sometimes you have to take the time for ice cream or you won't have any friends when you're done with your book."
But one of my favorite quotes from the day has to be: "They took a lot of details of the penetration out." From the lovely Simone Elkeles on the editing of Perfect Chemistry. Ahem.
I brought two books with me to have signed: Ruin series by Simone Elkeles bind-up and Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. I also got a poster of the Fuentes brothers in the Perfect Chemistry trilogy by Simone Elkeles.
|Apparently my phone's camera quality stinks. But look! Cute boys!|
YAK Fest was a lot of fun. The panels were interesting, the authors were friendly and funny, and I got to spend the day with great friends. I can't wait to see what authors will be at next year's! To learn more about YAK Fest, you can HERE.