Almost two years ago I attended my first high tea event at the Better Read Than Dead bookstore in Newtown. The tea was for the three Moriarty sisters: Jaclyn, Nicola, and Liane. It was really wonderful and the lovely staff that run it were kind enough to arrange some vegan food for me.
Yesterday I attended another high tea, this time a launch for Jaclyn's latest book, A Tangle of Gold. It's a brilliant conclusion to The Colours of Madeleine series.
I've already done nails for AToG, but I decided to do a more wearble version of that manicure for the event:
Also in attendance was Justine Larbalestier, she conducted the clever and insightful interview with Jaci. The event was fun, humorous, entertaining, and I know would-be authors in the audience were inspired by the conversation.
Some comments I tweeted:
- Jaclyn Moriarty got the idea for The Colours of Madeleine series from a notebook, coloured pencils, and some pictures she drew
- Jaclyn decided the monsters in her series would be colours. She obsessed over her colour research
- Named the kingdom Cello, then decided she had to learn to play the cello
- Her plan for the series was 200 pages long
- The Moriarty sisters read each other's work and give lots of praise, as well as critiquing
- What's Jaclyn working on now? About 5 different things including adult fic, YA, a time travel book, and a biography
- Annnnnd a new Ashbury/Brookfield book!!!!!!
- The Ashbury/Brookfield series was inspired by a decade of letter writing between Jaci and a school friend
Once again the staff provided food for me, something I appreciate so much - thanks, girls!
I had my copy of A Tangle of Gold signed, and since I already own all of Jaci's books, I purchased another Aussie YA new release, The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard.
The upstairs area at Better Read Than Dead is a great little venue for the high teas, and I recommend you keep an eye on their events page to see if one of your favourite authors will be there in the future.