Today I’m honored to be hosting the author of Monument 14 on the Fierce Reads book tour. Please welcome Emmy Laybourne! She’s going to tell us about her real life book tour. I’m sure it’s exciting and tiring and I know I was looking forward to getting an inside look at how it’s going for her.
Be sure to check out some of the fun info at the end of the post as well.
Greetings from the air! I’m typing this en route to Chicago, IL from Houston, TX! So far on the Fierce Reads tour, we’ve had over 10 events, stopping in California at La Verne, San Diego, San Francisco, Corte Madera and Petaluma; in Washington at Lake Forest Park, Seattle and Bellingham; In Utah at Salt Lake City and Provo and in Texas in Houston!
If you’ve missed my reports on life on an author tour, you might want to read them – I discussed the early days on http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2012/06/monument-14-blog-tour-guest-post-and.html and then I reported in on the middle section of the tour at http://withabook.blogspot.com/.
Now I’m in the home stretch. I won’t lie – I’m getting a little, erm, exhausted! But no complaints from me – I love being on tour. That said, here are a few concluding thoughts on life on the road…
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING ON TOUR
I swear, I’m not kissing up — it’s the readers. I look out at our audiences and I get so much from seeing the faces of my readers. The idea of having a fan base was completely abstract to me, as a debut author. After all, the only fans of my writing so far have been my friends and family who read the book because they love me!
Connecting with people I’ve never met before who’ve read my book and loved it?! It’s a breathtaking feeling. I feel grateful to my book – like Monument 14 is a friend of mine who has introduced me to all his new friends and they like me just because I’m a friend of M14’s!
MY LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING ON TOUR
Those late nights. I know, that’s lame of me — even writing it seems dorky! I mean, I used to be out in the comedy clubs until all hours! But back when I was doing improv and sketch comedy I didn’t have to be up at 5 am to catch a flight to Pensacola!
Do I look a little tired in this photo, mayhaps?
THE MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT BEING ON TOUR
The fellowship of the Fierce Reads gals! We started out as perfect strangers, thrown together by Macmillan and bound to have a two week adventure with each other, whether we liked it or not, but we’re ending up as friends, people who have bonded fully and completely and will go forward supporting each other.
In my opinion, what brought us together were the moments of good news! For example, early on in the tour, while we were riding in a van headed to an event near Seattle, Leigh found out that her book was going to be reviewed in the New York TImes and burst into tears! We pressed her to tell us what had happened and she gave us the news. Somehow it snapped us all out of competition with each other and into camaraderie. We toasted Shadow and Bone with champagne that night and it felt wonderful. It was the moment when Leigh stopped being an author on the same tour as me, and became a friend with whom I felt privileged to share a triumphant moment.
Look, here we’re being FIERCE!
I’ll wrap up this post for now and take a nap to prepare myself for the evening’s event! Those 6 am flights are catching up with me!
To conclude my entire series on being an author on tour, I’ll say that it’s a privilege and an honor to get to go on a book tour. It’s not at all easy – it’s taxing on the mind and the body. But it’s a chance to take an adventure! And how often do we get to go on adventures?!
I’ll end with my favorite quote of all time, from Dag Hammerskjold, former Secretary-General of the UN:
To all that has been: Thanks!
To all that will be: Yes!
About Emmy: (snagged from Goodreads)
Emmy Laybourne’s first novel, Monument 14, will be published by Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, in June 2012. The sequel, Monument 14: Sky On Fire, is expected to be released in the summer of 2013.
Emmy began her writing career as a playwright. The first play she wrote and performed was called, The Miss Alphabet City Beauty Pageant and Spelling Bee. The New York Post said it, “restores faith in our country’s comedic future.” The Daily News called it, “hilariously clever.”
Her next play, Smorgas-Bourne, landed Emmy a starring role in the Paramount feature film, Superstar, opposite WIll Ferrel and Molly Shannon.
As an actress, Emmy went on to have featured roles in the films “Nancy Drew,” “The In-Laws,” and “Lucky Numbers.” She was a season regular on the NBC sitcom “DAG,” and performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1. She has improvised with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago City Limits and the Heartless Floozies.
Emmy has performed original comedy material throughout LA and New York, including the song she sang with her brother, Sam, “We Can’t Make Love Because We’re Related.”
In addition to writing YA novels, Emmy is currently a Lyricist in the prestigious BMI Musical Theater Writer’s Advanced Workshop, writing a musical called “The Midnight Princess” with composer Paul Libman.
Be sure to go check out the Dress Your Marines in White is a short story prequel that gives you a look at what happened inside Norad. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer!
If you haven’t read Monument 14 yet you’ll be happy to know it is already out. It was released 5 June 2012. You can also see my review of Monument 14.
For those of you who love when books have a book trailer you’ll be happy to know that Monument 14 is ready for you. You can watch the book trailer Here.
One lucky reader will win a copy of Monument 14! All you have to do is comment to enter.
Tell me why you want to win, or where you wish the Fierce Reads tour was going. Tell me anything to enter to win. Be sure the email you comment with is one you’ll check in case you win.