Sunday, February 8, 2009

Here's A Quickie

...with Patricia Briggs.

Does that sound dirty? OK, I sort of meant it to, but it's just a tease. I did see Patricia Briggs, but nothing untoward happened, heh. Although the reading she did had its moments. I wanted to brag post that I got to see the author of all those fantastic Mercy Thompson books live in person last week. I have proof:

I picked up my very own copy of Bone Crossed, but I haven't started it yet. (I really MUST do something about this ridiculous TBR pile.)

You won't be surprised to hear from me that Ms. Briggs was a very charming storyteller -- likely you already knew that. Most authors are, but public speaking is a different kind of storytelling than hammering out text on a screen or notepad.

I haven't been hanging around on Brigg's message board (though I might check it out, it sounds fun) but apparently there's quite the saga about whether or not silver bullets can be cast. Verdict: yes, but it's a huge PITA, per Briggs and her husband (I wanted to ask what purity/ alloy they were using but I thought that might be a little obnoxious). Anyway, she had one of their hand-cast bullets on a necklace which she passed around -- it was gorgeous. And so appropriate for a teller of werewolf tales!

One of the audience asked if the convenience stores nicknamed "Stop & Rob" referred to the outrageous prices of things at convenience stores, or their propensity for getting robbed -- Briggs said the latter, and then told a wonderful story about a friend of hers and how chain mail really does work.

There was a little lull in the Q&A, so I asked which of her secondary characters she'd most like to have a beer with -- with no hesitation, she responded "Warren," and talked a little bit about her inspiration for the Warren and Kyle couple. Wouldn't it be cool to get a novella about those guys?

If you get a chance to see her in person, I strongly recommend it. And go early, it's such a hoot to chat with other fans (there were celebrity appearances by other local authors, making trouble in the back row, including Mark Henry and Christine Warren. Don't you wish you were me?!)

So you can definitely look for a review from me before too long-- I promise!


wcvamp said...

You are so lucky, I just picked these books up last week and love them. OMG, not sure who to like more Adam or Sam....Can not wait to read your review on bone crossed, I am going to be getting to be getting the last 2 books... is she going to be doing anymore mercy books?

Nicola O. said...

I think so -- she said she's having fun with the series.

Mercy does have an embarrassment of riches, doesn't she? Hard to make a wrong choice there....

Jackie (Literary Escapism) said...

Now I'm really jealous. She's in Ann Arbor tonight and I was going to go, but I can't anymore. My cousin is already there and has told me she's getting a book signed for me for my birthday (so yea!), but it's not the same.

That's awesome that she is so awesome live too.

Mandi said...

I love this series. Bone Crossed does not disappoint. wcvamp - definitely more books..the next Mercy book is going to be called Silver Borne :)

Shannon said...


Can't wait to read your review!

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Hi i would like to know when I should be recieving the books in the mail? I dont know if I should wait for the post man to come?

Nicola O. said...

Hi IHBG -- check your email!

Mandi -- "Silver Borne" ? OOO. Love.

Jackie & Shannon -- nyah, nyah! ;-) I'm gonna go see Kim Harrison in March, too.


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