Craig Silvey Meet & Greet
Hello bookworms! So today I got the opportunity to meet the author of Japser Jones – an AMAZING book, you can check out my review here – with my school! And I would just like to share with you all the experience and the things he said at the event!
My English class was invited to go to Atwell to join them in meeting the author of Jasper Jones, which is a book that has imprinted itself in my brain. The story was just amazing. Going to this event and listening to Craig Silvey answer questions and talk about his book and about writing and being an author was incredibly inspiring for me as I am moving towards the goal of being a writer and novelist.
One thing he talked about was where he got inspiration for his book and his characters within the book. He started off by saying, initially, he didn’t plan to write Jasper Jones. He was in the process of writing a different book when BANG! the name Jasper Jones popped into his head and he couldn’t get it out of his head. It was when he discovered his main character, Charlie Bucktin that he decided he was going to start writing the story. He put the two of these characters together, in the middle of the bush in a clearing and his story began to unfold in his mind. It was so awesome to know how he was inspired to write the book. It shows how simple it is to be inspired to write a story.
He also talked about what his story was mainly about. He described Jasper Jones as a novel telling a coming-of-age story. A story showing the progression of a person form living in their own self-centered bubble to becoming a person aware of the people around them and aware of how the world works and the discovery of the things that humans are capable of. Jasper Jones was a story of Charlie’s discovery of the world and of other people and his growing up process.
He also answered so many other questions and spoke about his experience in developing his inspiration in becoming and author and his writing. When he spoke about this stuff, it really captivated and inspired the writing, wanna-be-writer inside of me. He spoke of how he was an extremely passionate reader and he discovered he had a love for writing. He decided at and early age that he was going to be a writer and he wrote his first book when he was 14. It wasn’t a hit right away, but soon enough, he published his first book. He spoke of how to deal with writers block – saying that the best way to overcome it is to just keep writing, every day, adding a bit every day because every little bit that you put into a story counts. This motivated me to continue writing even when I can’t find inspiration. To just step back and start again the next day.
Overall, this whole experience was awesome. I got to take a photo with him which was absolutely awesome. He announced that he was writing a new book and I said I was going to definitely be keeping an eye out for it. I wish I had a physical copy of the book so I could have got it signed. Sadly, I have it on e-book. But it was just so awesome to meet him and hear him speak and this was definitely the highlight of the month for me (besides reading the Throne of Glass series which is my new love).