Breathless Reads Tour brings authors to DHS

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Lucy Phipps-Kaye

(Pictured from left) Lu, Spotswood, Cremer, and Revis all agree that their books all have one thing in common; kissing and killing.

Four authors held a panel in Decatur’s performing arts center on February 21st, to support  and talk about their recently published books. The event was part of the Breathless Reads Tour, which sends chosen authors around the US to meet teens and students. Each book was published in the last year.

The majority of students attending the panel were from literature and language class. The panel consisted of questions about the novels that the authors took turns answering.

Marie Lu is the author of Legend, a story of a war between the Republic and the Colonies. The main characters June and Day are thrown together in a storm of events in the nations military demands regarding their lives.

A dream influenced Jessica Spotswood’s novel, Born Wicked. The story tells of three sisters and their lives as witches. In her dream that inspired the novel, the sisters were fighting over a magical locket that their dead mother had given to them. Spotswood spoke about how her book was influenced strongly by her own connection to her sisters.

“I’m the oldest of three sisters, so I drew a lot on our relationships. My youngest sister is eight years younger than me, so I found a motherly role with her. I found that my main character drew a lot on these characteristics with her sisters.”

Nightshade is a trilogy written by Andrea Cremer that has been praised by the LA Times and Publishers Weekly. The book involves a half-girl half-wolf who discovers that there is more than just the pack. The LA Times calls the novel, “a historical fiction—with a pop culture twist.”

Beth Revis brings the genre of sci-fi to her book A Million Suns, which is the sequel to her first novel Across the Universe. The story takes place in a space-ship that holds two main characters, Amy and Elder, who take turns narrating the book and their desperation to get off the ship. As a former teacher, Revis talked about incorporating some of her previous students into seemingly-comical events in her book, such as killing off one “class clown.”

After the prepared portion of the panel, students were given a chance to ask questions themselves. Many students were interested in the process of writing and influences that helped the authors.

Later that day the authors spoke again at the local bookstore Little Shop of Stories about their novels.