What We Learned At The THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT Release Party

I admit it: I have yet to read Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light). I’ve been drooling over their covers for ages now, but haven’t gotten around to actually buying them–until last night. When I heard that One More Page Books was hosting a release party for the final installment, and that both authors (one of whom is from Australia) would be there, I couldn’t resist. Here are some of the highlights:

On How They Met And Started Writing Together

“It was an online role playing chat room… There are levels of nerdiness. And this was before geekery was cool.” (Meagan Spooner)

“Like in kindergarten: You meet someone and you dig them and then you’re like, ‘We’re friends now.'” (Amie Kaufman)

“We like space. And we like shipwrecks.” (Spooner)

“Then you end up with a Weekend at Bernie’s taxidermy situation.” (Spooner)

On Their Characters

“Gideon’s this glorious jerk.” (Kaufman)

“Gideon is Iron Man because technology and sass.” (Kaufman)

“Dog tags are hot.” (Kaufman)

On Upcoming Projects

“Our next one is Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider in space.” (Spooner)

On One Another

“Meg would not thrive in the wild. She’s an indoor pet.” (Kaufman)–This was followed by an anecdote in which a koala urinated on Spooner’s tent when she and Kaufman went camping together.

“When someone says, ‘You can live in my house rent-free so you can live your dream,’ you damn well live your dream!” (Spooner)

On Writing

“With us, there really are no stupid ideas.” (Spooner)

“Less sass, lady.” (Kaufman, on writing characters unlike herself)

“We know what readers think they want, and we know what readers need.” (Spooner)

“Write what you know to be true. Write from your emotional experience.” (Kaufman)

“Joss Whedon… has this great balance between humor and destroying your heart.” (Spooner)

On The Walking Dead

“Who’s mowing all the lawns?!” (Spooner)


Left to Right: Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman, and Me!

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