Marie Lu signing at the new Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach December 1, 2011

Marie Lu and Kami Garcia
Marie Lu and Kami Garcia

Fun signing! Young author Marie Lu signed her first book Legend at the new Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach.

LEGEND takes place in a dark future, when the United States has split into two warring nations. It tells the story of a famous 15-year old boy criminal and the 15-year old girl prodigy hired to hunt him down. When their paths cross, the truth they uncover together will become legend. Legend is book one of a trilogy.

Bill and I had been meaning to check out the newly opened Redondo Beach store, so we jumped at the chance when my friend Zack Faucett, who was visiting California, invited us to meet him and his writing mentor Kami Garcia at the signing. Kami is also Marie Lu’s mentor… clearly, the ├╝ber-mentor! It won’t be long before Zack is inviting us to his first book signing. :)

Zack Faucett meets Marie Lu
Zack Faucett meets Marie Lu at Legend signing

Zack and I met on a Patrick Carman fan site years ago and stayed in touch. When Bill and I attended the Write Girl event a last year I was delighted to learn that Kami and Zack had met at a book signing in Arizona and that she was working with him to finish his first novel. (Okay, more like cracking the whip… She IS a school teacher!) Zack shared that Mr. Carman was his first writing mentor, but that he was a “terrible writer” back then. I have to laugh because Zack is whopping 18 years old now, so when he worked with Carman he was just a kid! He was also Carman’s intern and moderated one of his fan chat sites. These talented young people are major impressive and it’s awesome when experienced writers take them under their wing.

The new store has a lot of space and wow what a fancy signing area. It was amazing to finally meet Zack in person and of course it’s always fun running into Kami. She and Margaret Stohl are making a difference in the lives of young people. We heart you gyz! Zack!

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Until our next dystopian adventure…

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