Cincinnati Q&A

Silly Bella, Cocoa, and I just got back from the book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, OH.  There were probably – and I’m guessing – over 1,000 people there.  I will tell all the fun stories in a Forks-cast once Pel has gone to her book signing, too.  I also have tons and tons of amazing t-shirt pictures to share with you that we have to upload first.  So look for those in a day or two.  But I thought you’d like to know some of what Stephenie shared with us in her Q&A.  This is not a word for word transcript, mind you.  These were notes that I hurriedly jotted down as she was talking.  So please, if she corrects anything here, take HER word for it and not mine.  But this will give you the general gist of the information.

 

Q: How has your faith influenced you?

A: I find that it doesn’t really come down to good vrs evil in day to day life.  It’s more like good vrs good, and really that’s more interesting.

 

Q: We know about most of the Cullen’s track record for how many humans they have killed, but how many have Alice and Esme killed?

A: I don’t know for sure.  Only Rosalie and Carlisle have good track records.  Everyone else has made lots of mistakes.  It’s like if you were told you could never ever have food again.  You would slip up when you smell something good.  Well, they all have slipped up many times.

 

Q: What did Aro see in Alice’s mind at the end of New Moon?

A: Aro saw everything that Alice has ever seen in all of her visions.  So he saw that Alice foresaw Bella becoming a vampire, and that is why he let them go.  But he also saw all of her other visions, too.

 

Q: Where does Placebo’s music fit in the storyline for Eclispe?

A: They usually fit Edward’s mood.  I heard their music a lot while Edward was fighting Victoria.

 

Q: How does Bella’s lullaby sound?

A: I don’t have the exact music, but if ever they make the movie, I would love to have Mathew Bellamy compose the piece.

 

Q: Do you ever get writers block?

A: No, not really.  I wrote all three of these books back to back.  New Moon and Eclipse were written out before Twilight was even published.  The thing that really slows me down though now that I am back to writing is things like this – book signings and interviews.  I love doing them, but I get distracted from writing.  So when this tour is over I will get right back to book four so I can hopefully get it out in time. 

 

Q: How do the vampires find their mate?  Do they imprint like the werewolves?

A: No, they fall in love the way we do, but once they fall in love, they don’t fall out of love. 

 

Q: There was a question about Bella’s engagement ring that we couldn’t hear, but I know what she said as an answer… to whatever the question was.

A: I did some research on weddings at the turn of the century and they didn’t have engagement rings like we have today.  So Edward’s mother wore a very different kind of ring.  It has lots of stones  all together, not at all like today’s traditional engagement rings.

 

Q: What is Jasper’s middle name?

A: I don’t know.  There are some things that I just haven’t decided on.  I like to leave myself open sometimes so that I don’t always write myself out of various possibilities. 

 

Q: What does the ribbon mean on the cover of Eclipse?

A: I’ve read lots of theories, but for me what it symbolizes is Bella trying to break away from her life and it isn’t a clean tear.  She thinks it will be an easy break, and it just isn’t.

 

Q: Was the tent scene in chapter 22 a dream?  Was Bella dreaming that conversation?

A: No, that was very real.  And that was a fun chapter to write.  It’s one of my favorite chapters. 

 

Q:  Did you plan on the lunar theme to your book titles?

A: Twilight was an accident.  Twilight had several titles that no one could agree on.  So my agent and I made a list of words we liked and Twilight was on that list.  We called it that for a while with the intention of changing it, but the name stuck.  Then New Moon and Eclipse fell right into place and made total sense.  Breaking Dawn was harder to name, but I think that is the closest I can come to the felling that I want to imply.

 

Q: What is your inspiration?

A: Lots of things inspire me, but mostly other books inspire me – reading.  I like Shakespeare, Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen. 

 

Q: How did Edward learn to play the piano?

A: Edward could play the piano when he was human.  Then when he became a vampire he could play it a whole lot better.

 

Q: Was the charm Edward gave Bella a diamond?

A: Yes.  And I’ve read some things on-line about Edward manipulating and lying to Bella about that.  Edward never said that it was a crystal.  Bella just assumed it was a crystal.  But it really was a diamond.

 

Q: Did Bella really hear Edward’s voice in New Moon or was that a hallucination?

A: That was all a hallucination.  If Edward had been anywhere near Bella, he would never have let Victoria get close to her. 

 

Q: Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

A: I’d rather be a human.  But I suppose being a werewolf would be the easiest.  You wouldn’t have to give up as much.  When you are a vampire, things are pretty much over.

 

Comments

  1. HI!!!
    Tonight was so much fun! I loved meeting you, Alphie! I hope you enjoy your blue purse and scarf! I made Stephenie a pink purse and scarf so you guys could match. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cocoa, I felt bad that I didn’t even say hi to you! Right after I walked away I knew it was you. ๐Ÿ™
    I love you guys!!! *hug*

  2. Fanastic effort!! I would love to know more Q’s&A’s from Stephenie and it is so addictive. I would love to hear a little hints about Breaking Dawn. ;0) Aussielee

  3. Was this a huge bookstore you went to? I mean, 1,000 people is a lot and I’m already worrying if I get a good view of Stephenie when the time comes for the Candian booksigning.

    And thank you for sharing the Q&A. You must be really good and fast at note jotting, I’m probably no where near.
    =P

  4. nikki beland says

    I meet Stephenie in Mequon Wisconsin. Alot of similar ?s came up. But that besides the point. She was one of the nicest people I have ever meet and had no problem taking to me and my friend for while. She is awesome. I hope that she never stops writing. She gave me back my faith in books, and that was not a easy thing to do.

  5. “New Moon and Eclipse were written out before Twilight was even published. ”

    I thought SM didn’t even know that there was going to be a sequel to Twilight…which is why she didn’t know that Jacob was going to have a significant part in New Moon when writing Twilight. I can swear she said this in one of her interviews.

    Some one back me up on this!

  6. i hope she gets breaking Dawn out soon!!!!! then she can do Midnight Sun *Whooo!!!* love the Q and A’s thing…awesome to get a peek into stephenie’s mind every once and a while!!!!

  7. oh yay!! good Q&A!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ they had good questions… apart from the NM ‘hearing voices’ part, the rest i liked!! XDD

  8. Thanks for sharing the Q&A’s. Can’t wait to see the pictures too!

  9. I was there last night and I’m sorry I didn’t bump into anyone, or at least I didn’t know I did. They handed out line letters and I was a “Q”. Last I heard they got through about “T.” Thats 20 letters times 30 people, so by my math that’s 600 people. There were also staff, Stephenie’s folks and the poor people who wandered in, not knowing there was a Twilight signing that night.

    My favorite question didn’t get posted on the front page. Someone asked if she felt true love was a matter of fate or choice. Stephenie answered that she felt in real life it was about choice, but that she was facinated about the idea of fate or a single soulmate. She said it was fun to write about and she did admit to having a close friend who felt she’d found her soulmate. Stephenie commented they were great together, but she still felt in most cases, it’s about choice.

    I asked her if she ever had trouble going from her writing back to her real life. She answered “YES!” She told me that when she was deep in writing mode that it was even depressing to remember that Edward and Jacob aren’t real people and she had to go make dinner. So glad it’s not just me!

  10. They actually got all the way through “Z”. And your not counting all the parents. It was ALOT of people.

    About Stephenie’s writing of the books. Keep in mind that she said before Twilight was “published” she had them written. And Written no where near means finished. There are months between when Twilight was finished and through the editing process and when it was finially published. So yes she had written the books BOEFORE Twilight was published. That doesn’t mean they didn’t need editing, but they were atleast down on paper…er…computer.

    It was great to see you all and see all the great T-shirts. Good job on those designs girls! But I have to say the most fun was being Alphie’s handler! She is a star in her own right.

    ~Cocoa

  11. I love the Q&A. That just made my day! ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. WOW! 1000 people! Wow. So Fun!
    Thanks a million for this Q&A! So great to read !!! Yay!
    Upload photos!

    Thanks Alphie!!!

  13. I was there last night with the “Edward is my anti-drug” shirt. It was awesome and really crowded. It was nice to meet so many people! What was funny was I knew it was Alphie who took a pic of my shirt but I never said “I know who you are!” ๐Ÿ™

    Overall I have to say

    Gas money: around 100 dollars
    Begging your father to take you: annoying
    Putting up with Bengal fanatics traffic: horrid

    Doing all of this to see your favorite author: priceless ^^

  14. I was there last night with the “Edward is my anti-drug” shirt. It was awesome and really crowded. It was nice to meet so many people! What was funny was I knew it was Alphie who took a pic of my shirt but I never said “I know who you are!” ๐Ÿ™

    Overall I have to say

    Gas money: around 100 dollars
    Begging your father to take you: annoying
    Putting up with Bengal fanatics traffic: horrid

    Doing all of this to see your favorite author: priceless ^^

    I think I will be forever in debt to my dad XD

  15. hey, i was there too and it was so much fun. I went last year to the signing at Joseph-Beth and it was amazing how big the crowd was compared to last year…i didn’t expect there to be over 1000 people. It was so much fun!!

  16. I can’t get enough of the Q and A’s. I was not able to attend the one here… just the book signing (which was STILL FANTASTIC!!! I even gave Stephenie a pendant I made which i hope she likes) But next time around I will be at the Q and A for sure. She is pretty much my favorite person ever right now.

  17. Awesome, awseome, awesome….

    I loved the Q & A. Some many questions I wanted to ask since I read ‘Eclipse’.

    Like in the tent. Was it real or not? I’m have been wondering about the one for awhile now. THANK YOU!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    And all the other questions were great as well…..

    I can’t wait ’til Stephenie comes to Utah one of these days….I’ll be so exicted! *cross fingers*

    Thanks Stephenie and everyone!! You’re the best!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. I filmed the Q&A session with Stephenie Meyer, and her responses are audible, though some of the questions aren’t. (Though normally she restated them anyways) Is there a place that I could give the link once I upload it to youtube? I’m sure some people would like to see it.

  19. PM me the link.

  20. Wow! That’s so cool! I wish she could come to Oklahoma…or even the northern part of Texas for that matter…

    I feel alone down here in Southeast Oklahoma. I need a Hug!!!

  21. I’m going to try to film the Q/A session at the PA signing. I’m really excited. One day! Yesss!

  22. I was there last night in Cinnci.. I wish I know all ya’ll from the Lexicon were there or I woulda said hi to you guys! ๐Ÿ™
    Seeing and meeting Stephenie was AMAZING! dream come true!! But I think meeting Stephenie just reinforced that Edward and Jacob so aren’t real and just figments of Mrs. Meyer’s Imagination :(.. lol

  23. readingispassion says

    Fantastic, i love interviews with Stephenie, when the questions aren’t always the same..these were good ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Alphie,

    Just so you know, I’m the crazy fangirl you ran into. Sorry for the overly excitedness. I guess I was making up for what I didn’t do to Stephenie (I actually just stood there and stared at her like an idiot). In any case, I just wanted to thank you for being such a good sport about it all. You guys rock.

    By the way, I actually recognized your face from Lexicon pictures, but I wasn’t sure – then I heard your voice and I was like “THAT’S HER!” Just so you don’t think I have super hearing or something.

    The next time we meet, I promise I won’t go totally fangirl. I’ll talk to you like a normal person. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Oops – sorry for posting twice. I didn’t realize you had seen my post. (Seriously, though. I’ll actually be halfway normal next time. Honestly.)

  26. It was so much fun! I hope you post the pic of me and my friends! So much fun was had, but my only regret was not getting to talk to you more! Maybe next time!

    Jessica

  27. Having that dream has gOt tO be the best thing thats “ever” happened tO yOu! This bOOk is sOOO addictive. When I gO tO read a bOOk thats nOt edward related I get insanly bOred. I dO have gOOd suggestiOn fOr Bella (lOve her character shes tO funny.)i think Micheal Tracktenburg frOm ice princess wOuld make a great Bella but then again she mOst likley wOuldnt be terrible in gym.(hehe) Every time I see ice princess I think wOw she wOuld make a great Bella.

    =)
    Brianna

  28. The Question in Cncinnati about the Engagement ring had another part to it about if Jacob Imprinted on Bella. He did not and the exact question was what does it look like was it a big stone or lots of little stones.

  29. It sucks to be in OKLAHOMA. I wish Stephenie would come somewhere close to me. ๐Ÿ™

  30. Ah that so MUCH FUN!!!! xD I loved it, I’m so going back next year. Me and my friends were basically freaking out the whole time, we were the Frostbitten girls btw ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, the crazy ones trying to find the other one in the crowd, haha!

    I feel very silly for not recognizing you guys from the Lexicon, otherwise I would’ve gone ‘I. Heart. That. Site. My heroes who have so generously compiled all the lovely facts into a neat website.’ But still, it was so great to meet Stephenie and see all the t-shirts, and the guy fans! There were more than I expected, I even saw a guy wearing an Offical Member of the I Love Alice Cullen Club!

    So fun, going to be there next year!

  31. Hi!
    Ok. I have a question for anyone who may have an answer.. ok this is going to be embarrasing… Let me start by saying I did NOT come up with this Question. My mother did. We went to one of the many book signings. This was my first one and i was so thrilled! my mom didn’t get it but she still came. As Stephiene entered the room and everyone freaked out my mom leaned over to me and whispered something that made me do a double take.

    “Is she pregnet?”

    I told her no at the time but my sister took pictures and my mom is convinced that she is. She keeps asking me if anyone here has heard anything. So, please.. to make the insanity stop. Does anyone know if she is pregnet or not?

    sorry to pass on the insanity.

  32. Thank you for posting the Q&A!!! You guys are so awesome!!! I love living vicariously through everyone who’s had a chance to go to a signing. ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. I contacted the book store for their estimated attendance #. It was infact over 1000 people. They estimate 1,200 were in attendance.

  34. Like the Q&A!
    my favorite question was the one pertaining to New Moon about Alices visions..I was always curious about that…so it was good to learn that!

  35. Edward Enchanting says

    The Q&A questions were okay….
    but i do have to say the question about new moon and alice’s visions were by far the best!!! Ever since I read New Moon, I always have wondered what Aro saw…so it was really great to actually get an answer! That is a quetion I havent heard before & and I have looked on alot of sites..So a BIG THANK YOU!!!

  36. Hi, I discovered a song that I think would be absolutely perfrect for the twilight movie!!! It is called I can’t live(if living is without you), by Harry Nilsson, and sung by Mariah Carey, too. It would be perfect for the time when Bella and Edward were apart for so long! Seriously, you have to listen to it! It can’t get any more perfect!
    -Eva