Highlights from the Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken Event

What an INCREDIBLE night! These two ladies were so gracious, honest about their writing processes, and just so very personable. They made it such a truly special evening for all of us that attended.


Both of these amazing authors have talked about how difficult Windwitch and Wayfarer were for them to write, and when you can read them you can absolutely see what a labor of love they both were. The amount of detail in both of these books is astounding.

They gave us a little more detail about just how much work they put into these books during the event, and I wanted to share some little snippets with you guys, because knowing how much care and consideration went into these books truly makes me appreciate them even more. And I LOVE these books already.

  • Susan Dennard spent so much time developing the world in the Witchlanders series that she actually developed distinct linguistics for each of the different regions of her book! There are several regions in these stories, so that is beyond impressive. The level of care and detail that she puts into her world building just absolutely boggles my mind, yet it’s so obvious when you think about it, because you are so fully immersed in her world while you’re reading. Those details really bring it to life.
  • Alexandra Bracken did an INSANE amount of historical research when writing the Passenger series. She spent days just researching the types of shoes that men would have been wearing on Nicholas’s ship during that time period, not to mention all the research she did on every single location and time period included in these stories. These are details that we may not notice individually while we’re reading, but when you read the whole book, all those little details come together, and they make the story so incredibly authentic. That is something as readers that we ABSOLUTELY pick up on.


We also got some exciting hints about the projects that both Dennard and Bracken are working on next!

  • Bracken will be writing a new middle-grade series! How exciting is that?! And from the sounds of it, it’s going to be kind of creepy cool. I don’t typically read middle-grade, but I will DEFINITELY  be reading these ones.
  • Dennard is, of course, working on the third book in the Witchlanders series, which if you haven’t already heard the whole bookternet GUSHING over it, it’s called Bloodwitch! HOORAY!!!! I was SOOO hoping that would be the title of book 3, and I can’t wait for it. Also, you should check out Dennard’s Twitter feed, because she has one hella cool gif for the cover reveal.


The most amazing part of the night for me though was when I got to meet these two bookish besties, and they actually recognized me from my blog and thanked me profusely for reviewing and supporting their books and YA and general. I literally almost started crying. I mean as a book blogger what greater thanks can you possibly receive?!


Such an incredible night! Thank you to The King’s English for bringing these amazing ladies to Salt Lake City and for all you do for our book community here in Utah. Muah!!!


And check out this amazing MOUNTAIN of signed books. It’s staying on my kitchen table for at least the next week, so I can just gaze upon its glory!


There are still some stops left in the Bracken/Dennard Tour! Check the schedules below to see if they will be stopping at a city near you!

9 thoughts on “Highlights from the Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken Event

  1. Mandy says:

    Omigosh, that is amazing that they recognized you! What an awesome experience!! So glad for you, and what a fun event. 😀 I loved how you broke it down, and now I’m super pumped to read the Truthwitch series since you said how much work she put in for it. Great post! 😀

  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Thank you for sharing all those details about the labors of love! I know some people writing their own labors of love– I will mock them less for doing similar things. #PoorFriend
    I haven’t read any books by these ladies, but they are all on my TBR! I love knowing they are besties, too. That’s adorable!

    • YAandWine says:

      Seriously, listening to them talk about writing and be so honest about it was incredibly inspiring. You should have your friend check out Demnard’s website. She talks about it a lot and gives amazing writing advice.

  3. TeacherofYA says:

    I’ll be meeting her on the 22nd! I’ll share the pics too! 😍😉
    So glad you had an awesome time, and you got to meet Bracken, and I won’t be seeing her there…Elise Kova will be there. So I can’t wait to fill you in! Great post!

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