Event Recap & GIVEAWAY: The Beauty of Darkness Tour with Mary E. Pearson & Veronica Rossi

#BeautyOfDarkness | August 3rd, 2016 

Mary E. Pearson completes her best selling trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, with national tour.

Veronica Rossi opened up the discussion with Mary by asking the question on everyone's mind: How does it feel to finally complete the trilogy? Sharing that she felt she might not finish after being stuck many times through the story, Mary opened up that the story went how she planned it all along. Veronica shared that she misses her characters and has been pondering writing a book about Roar. The audience emphatically agreed. 
One of the most fascinating parts of the Remnant Chronicles is the world the books are set in. Mary often builds her worlds while out on walks and heeds closely to one piece of advice she was given. "You have to give your characters air to breathe and a floor to walk on." Veronica agreed, walking the audience through how world building creates tone and atmosphere for the story. Both agreed that using the five senses helps the reader see the world through a character's eyes. 


Mary and Veronica have slightly different writing styles, with Mary being a panster and Veronica being a planner. Mary knows the general direction of her story while Veronica feels writing with a plan is important. Oh, and for all of you out there, Mary doesn't see the story in A Kiss of Deception as a twist! We over here at Tales of the Ravenous Reader have to disagree. ;) 

On character development and voice, Veronica shared that characters in her books are not based on people she knows in real life because she couldn't be impartial. Mary asks herself what the character wants and needs - what's their motivation - as she develops the characters. This is especially helpful with the villains in a story as it helps the writer to better understand them. 

Both Mary and Veronica spoke about being artists before they were writers. "I quit my job to be a writer," Mary shared, while also talking about the fear of failure that comes with being a writer. Both have "drawer books" that helped shape their future releases. For Mary, a few rejection letters quickly helped her realize that while her character developed was fantastic, she needed support in developing a plot. 

In case you're wondering, Mary knew who Lia would end up with once she got to know her. These two readers were happy with the ending so thanks, Mary! 


Before you go, dear readers...We have the most EPIC (ha, see what I did there?) giveaway for you to participate in. One lucky winner will win signed copies of all three books plus some awesome swag from the tour. Best of luck! 

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29 comments:

  1. Uhh.....The Remnant Chronicles is my favorite fantasy trilogy. Now, if you had asked which was my favorite fantasy series of all time I would say The Wrath and the Dawn duology because it's beyond perfect!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. It sounds like this is the perfect giveaway for you ;). Thanks for sharing your favs!

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  2. I've only read the first book in this series and I'm dying to read the next two! My favourite series of all time would have to be Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

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    1. My personal fav is the second one so BEST OF LUCK in winning!

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  3. I enjoyed the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

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  4. I love The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. Under the Never Sky is another favorite series.

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    1. Oooo I've never heard of the Darkest Powers trilogy! Gotta add that to the TBR

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  5. My favorite fantasy series is a toss up between the Remnant Chronicles and the Book of Ivy duology

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  6. Favorite fantasy trilogy? That one's hard! It's a tie between the Remnant Chronicles and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare!

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    1. I've heard that The Infernal Devices is good. I need to check it out!

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  7. I only have a few that are actually trilogies. The Remnant Chronicles, Obvs, but I also LOVE Jay Kristoff's Lotus War trilogy and Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone.
    I only mentioned ones that I've read and are completed. Otherwise I'll never finish.

    Thanks for the chance! :)

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    1. The covers for Smoke and Bone are soooo gorgeous!

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  8. So far my favorite fantasy trilogy that I have read has been the Grisha Trilogy.

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    1. Yeah, everyone seems into the Grisha world! Good choice.

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  9. How boring am I...Lord of the Rings. I cheat by saying that because my all time series fave is The Dark Tower but that is 7 or 8 books depending on how you count! ;)

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    1. Soooo not boring! Like OG status with your pick!

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  10. The Talon series by Julie Kagawa.

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  11. That's tough because almost every trilogy I start becomes a SERIES - ugh lol. I really liked Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Thanks!

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    1. Are you looking forward to her upcoming release? It's middle grade so I am cautiously intrigued!

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  12. I loved the Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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    1. I've heard good things about this one!

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  13. A book about Roar would be amazing! So many favorite fantasy books- Throne of Glass is one of them! Thanks for the fun recap and the amazing giveaway!

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    1. I know Nancy is anxiously awaiting the release of the new Throne of Glass book!

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  14. Thanks for the recap! I'm so bummed Mary didn't come to my neck of the woods. I love her series along with the winner's curse! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hopefully she will come visit with her next book!

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