Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up, and she’s certainly not your typical adult now. Her favorite colors are black and black. She believes it’s quite possible that vampires are running our world’s governments. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two children.
Ms. Brewer is the author of the Vladimir Tod series. The first book in the series is Eighth Grade Bites, which VOYA called “highly recommended,” and continues with Ninth Grade Slays, Tenth Grade Bleeds, and Eleventh Grade Burns. Make sure to get the Vlad Tod discussion guide, which covers the first three books in the series.
Visit Heather and learn more about the Vlad Tod series at www.heatherbrewer.com.
If you are interested in having Heather make an appearance at your school, library, or conference, please use the online request form or email the Author Appearance Coordinator at authorvisits[at]us.penguingroup.com with possible dates, your organization, location, details about the day, and your contact information.
Author Appearance Q&A with Heather Brewer:
What is a typical appearance like with you? What do you do differently with audiences of varying sizes, ages, and interests?
For school and library visits, I usually begin by telling the Minions (I refer to my fans as my Minions, because after all, who wants fans when you can have a Minion Horde?) a bit about who I am, how I came to writing, and how they can follow in my footsteps, if they want. I normally read an excerpt from the latest book and then answer questions. After which comes my favorite part: the signing. I've signed everything from washcloths to foreheads, from iPods to sneakers. You name it, and I've probably scribbled my name on it. It's become a quest for some Minions to bring things that I haven't signed. (Between you and me, they're running out of options) I spend a lot of time with each Minion, as I know they're looking for more than a signature - they're looking for a connection.
What makes your author appearances unique?
My main focus is creating and maintaining a personal relationship with my Minions. Many have described my approach as "rock star" and "quirky". I'm not your ordinary author and though I will spend time explaining how Minions can get my job, my focus is primarily on what brought me to this part of my life and why they are important to me.
Do you enjoy making appearances for adult audiences? What do you do when presenting to adults?
I haven't done many of these, but have been spoiled by speaking to librarians, who really know how to entertain a visiting author. I generally focus on reaching teens, and reaching reluctant readers.
What can schools and libraries do to ensure a successful appearance?
The absolute best thing they can do is to generate enthusiasm prior to the event. Read from the books, have projects based on the books, have a countdown to my arrivalall of these things will help make the event a fangtastic success. If the Minions are excited beforehand, they'll be full of questions for me to answer, which certainly helps. Also, please allow a ridiculous amount of time for signing. If you think 15 minutes is enough...you're wrong.
Do you enjoy traveling to other parts of the country for appearances?
I love to travel! It's very exciting to visit different parts of the country. Besides, I'd go anywhere for my Minions.
Do you ever make appearances at more than one school in an area? Could schools and libraries from one area join together to bring you to their institution?
This is definitely something that I've done before, and as long as the schools/libraries are too far apart, I certainly don't have a problem with it.
What do you hope your audience will come away with from your presentation?
If nothing else, I hope that they will walk away knowing that if no one else understands them and what they're facing as a tween or teen, Auntie Heather gets it. I want them to know that they are not alone in the world, that they are part of something special. They are a proud member of the Minion Horde.
What was your most memorable appearance experience?
My most memorable experience so far has been this boy who asked me if people ever followed me home from my events. When I said no, he replied, in a rather creepy voice, "Well, how do you know, with all of those cars on the road?" Needless to say, I watched my rearview mirror all the way home that day, thankful that he wasn't old enough to drive. (Hey, you said "memorable", not "pleasant")
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