Marie Lu Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy

Marie Lu will be signing for fans in Redondo Beach, CA at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore on Saturday, December 7!

Marie told our very own TFGeekGirl that she will be signing the bookstore’s stock of CHAMPION, so those who cannot attend the event should still be able to get a signed copy! Call (310) 542-6000 to order or inquire!

Video: Goodreads’ Interview with Marie Lu

Want to get to know author Marie Lu a little better? Check out this interview Goodreads conducted with her, where she discusses Champion, writing romantic scenes, and more!

Exclusive YALL Fest Interview with Marie Lu

Our very own Ellie attended YALL Fest last week and was lucky enough to discuss CHAMPION with Marie Lu!

Why did Marie choose build her world the way she did? What inspired the ending? What happened to the characters we all know and love after the epilogue? We asked it all!

Please note that the majority of the questions contain SPOILERS. The spoiler-free questions are above the cut and the spoilers are hiding under the cut. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Now that your final book in the trilogy is out, how do you feel about it being out there and being finished with it?

Marie Lu:
It feels really weird! I always compare it to how parents must feel when they send their kids off to college because on one end you’re really relieved, like “Oh thank God, they got out of the house and they’re off to do their own thing!” And at the same time, you’re sad because they’re out of the house and now it’s like an empty nest. I feel a little bit like that. I feel like my characters are not mine anymore and they’ve gone off to live in the real world. Wherever that is! (laughs) Wherever characters go off after stories end. And I feel like they’re not with me anymore and they’re off somewhere. They kind of belong to the public now. It’s kind of a weird, wistful feeling.

What have you learned about the whole writing process throughout the series and would you change anything if you could start over?

ML:
I’ve learned that writing changes over time, especially for someone like me who’s a pants-er. And I realize that characters change too. When I first started writing June, i didn’t identify with her at all so I had a lot of trouble getting into her head. She’s smarter than me and it’s really hard to write a character that’s smarter than yourself, so I would have to stop constantly to do research about her chapters. Towards the end of it, I kind of realized that I had been writing about myself all along. Not that I have her genius analytical side or intelligence, but that she kind of reacts to situations the same way that I do. We deal with grief and stress and panic the same way. I began putting bits and pieces of that into her and I didn’t realize until the last book when I really started to connect. At the end of it, I think June is my favorite person out of everybody because I really understood and sympathized with her. So it was like evolution for me too.

What it one thing you want readers to take away from this series?

ML: I’d like them to take away that even if you live in a very dark place, you have the potential to change that and that you can come out of it and be okay. I think that was something I really wanted Day to experience because he, more than anybody, came from a place of such hopelessness and he was so poor, but he managed to come out of that. I get a lot of reader emails from people who struggle with real life issues and I want them to know that you can make it out of anything like that.
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PRODIGY in Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinals

Prodigy made it through the Opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards. Now it’s on to the semifinals!

New books have been added into the mix to shake up the Semifinal round, so make sure Prodigy continues its strong showing by voting here!

Goodreads Choice Awards: Help PRODIGY Be Champion

Oh, you know you love our little play on words!

We’ve been so caught up in all the CHAMPION glory that almost forgot to mention that PRODIGY is up for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy!

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CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Currently, the Goodreads Choice Awards are in Round One of voting, but this round ends TONIGHT! So spread the word to all your follow legend lovers and do it quick!

Marie Lu’s Playlist for CHAMPION

Marie Lu posted on her Tumblr her playlist of songs during the drafting and revising of Champion.  I’ve gathered them up for you to listen to here.

She by Abney Park

We Are Pilots by Shiny Toy Guns

Soldiers by Drowning Pool

Mad World cover by Gary Jules

Those Without Fear by Audiomachine

Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Miserables

Illuminati by Audiomachine

I Can’t Make You Love Me cover by Bon Iver

Dragon Rider by Two Steps from Hell

Last Agni-Kai from Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Boy Who Trapped the Sun by Cooper Down

Imagine by John Lennon

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Promise by Thomas Bergerson

You can read about why she chose these songs here.

LEGEND Author Marie Lu On Tour for CHAMPION

marie-lu-champion-booktourMarie Lu is currently on tour for the third and final book of the Legend series, Champion.  She’s already hit Connecticut and Florida, and here’s the list of where she’ll be the rest of the tour.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 PM
    Signing at Provo Library, 550 N. University Ave, Provo, UT 84601
  • Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 PM
    Signing at Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 PM
    Signing at Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Meet her at one of these stops to get your Legend book(s) signed!  And if you’ve finished Champion, then I hope you can give her a big thanks and a hug for a successful end to a wonderful story.