Ready to hear about some valg bunnies?
I just realized that I never sat down and made a blog post about going to Sarah J. Maas’s Kingdom of Ash Tour(October 23), and as it was one of the most significant events in my literary journey, I’m going a couple of weeks back in time to tell you guys about it.
I flew to New York with one of my friends who is also a survivor of Maas destruction. I feel slightly guilty about saying this, because I know she was really nervous on the plane ride, but I love flying. There’s something about going faster, and faster, and faster, until you leave the ground and are flying through the air, that gets me, every single time.
In NY, we stayed with an aunt of mine who lives there and who, as an artist has a schedule flexible enough that she was able to shuttle us around for a day. On the morning of the 23rd, before the tour, she took us to MoMA, and to a bookstore where we both had to exercise enormous amounts of restraint not to immediately grab KOA and begin reading before the tour even started.
But now to the event…
- Elizabeth Evans read chapter 12 from KOA, and when she said Rowan’s name, she had to stop and wait for everyone to stop cheering and dying of happiness.
- Throne of Glass started as a story on FictionPress called Queen of Glass.
- Sarah was on the stage and realized that she couldn’t really talk about KOA, since it had only come out that morning: “Nobody could have read 1000 pages yet.” People raise their hands. “No you didn’t. You skimmed it.”
- She kept trying to keep from crying because she was afraid her fake eyelashes would slide down her cheeks. The audience assured her that they would not care if she had shown up without makeup.
- She’s thirty-two now, and she started writing Thorne of Glass when she was only sixteen, so KOA marked the end of a huge journey in her life. Now she’s beginning another with her baby son, Taran.
- We saw Taran, who was adorable, and Josh, her husband.
- She was asked about her favorite scene and embarked on a journey to tell us about every beautiful scene in the entire series.
- Sarah cackles like Manon when she laughs, and I love that.
- She wrote Rowaelin fanfiction for her books, even before Rowan had entered the series.
- Was asked who she would want with her on a desert island(I wrote these down as I remembered them afterwards, the wording isn’t perfect):
- “Not Rowan, because he would be nice and everything, but he’d look at me and really intimidate me, and the whole time would be thinking, “Yeah, this one’s an indoor cat.”
- “Not Aelin, because she would get mad, and I would cry, and then she would feel bad, and we would just live on the island being unproductive.”
- “Not Manon, because Manon’s not a cannibal, but once the coconuts run out she would start thinking of me less as a human and more as a walking steak.”
- “Not Chaol, because he would obsessively build a raft until he could escape from the crazy woman.”
- Then she picked the obvious choice, Dorian.
- Mentioned there being Killer Valg Bunnies in the last book, nobody was sure if she was serious or not.
- Talked about how she had the ending in her mind for a long time, and the whole time as she wrote KOA, she was begging Aelin to let her go there, and she did.
- She needed there to be toilets in her book, and since it’s her world, she can do whatever she wants.
- Sarah thought that there should have been an everlasting roll of toilet paper in LOTR.
- “So we’ve heard Crescent City is going to be an adult novel. Does that mean we can expect more smut?” Sarah pauses for a moment after hearing this question, and then says in a duh voice, “Yes.”
- One of her favorite moments is when Manon and Aelin were comparing the names of their swords and Manon was like, “Well my sword has a better name,”(She said this in a snooty teenager yet strangely Manon-like voice.)
- Her editor said that Heir of Fire was too big, since it was so large compared to the first two books. Sarah’s response: “Well look at Harry Potter.” Her editor wanted to cut out “this Manon character,” but Sarah wasn’t letting that happen.
- The glue they bought to bind the books could only hold 1000 pages, but the book was 1008 pages, so when people opened the book, pages would come fluttering out. Designers had to use bible pages and edit the space at the beginning of each chapter to fit it all into 992.
- She talked about Aelin and how she wants to inspire us to be strong, and I can’t remember how exactly she said it, but the way she worded it made me cry, it was so beautiful.
- I got a KOA tour bag, a beautiful poster of Aelin, an Amulet of Orynth pin, and Amulet of Orynth tattoos. I also wrote a letter to Sarah and signed her copy of KOA.
I know this post was really late, but I hope you enjoyed it, because sitting in the same room as Sarah and listening to her speak felt like a dream to me. I didn’t get to meet her, but I will one day, and this was still one of the best days of my life.
Have you ever seen or met Sarah? Do you like her books?