Today I had the pleasure of going to see Kelley Armstrong at a local Chapters. Kelley is touring for her latest YA release, The Calling, which was just released from Doubleday Canada (HarperTeen in the States). It's always nice when she does events around here because she's a local author, and she went to high school here in London (Chloe from her Darkest Powers trilogy has the last name Saunders, which is the high school she attended here).
Because 'The Calling' is a 2nd book in a trilogy Kelley wasn't able to read from it without giving spoilers from 'The Gathering', but she did do a Q&A session. Kelley ended up talking a lot about character development, and mentioned one thing that I thought was really cool. She said that you really need to know your character completely even though you only end up putting about 10% of that information into a book. She takes online personality quizzes from the POV of her character and if she can't answer all those questions easily then she doesn't know the character well enough.
I went to the signing with my Mom who totally scoped us out some front row seats, which meant we were the 2nd people to go up and get our books signed. As always Kelley had some great swag available for people to take, so I grabbed some buttons and bookmarks, and got my Darkness Rising books signed.
I also grabbed a picture with Kelley (in which I look mildly awkward, but whatever, I figured I would share anyway, since I kind of forgot to take any other pics).
All in all a very awesome time! Kelley is so nice and down to earth, and I definitely recommend you go to see her if she does an event near you.