I have never felt more like a proper blogger until I received that invitation to the most exclusive bloggers only event. Sitting with other known bloggers, YouTubers and bookaholics I had the strong feeling of: “This is where I belong”.
In anticipation for Lili Wilkinson’s new book After The Lights Go Out, the lovely ladies from The YA Room hosted the most amazing brunch for Melbourne bloggers and YouTubers. Pictured above are all the beautiful people who attended, minus Tracy, who took the photo and Lily who was holding the book. You might recognise some of these lovely faces from their YouTube channels, blogs, or other bookish events!
After we ate, Sarah and Alex asked Lili a few questions regarding her new novel After The Lights Go Out, and we discussed what would be more preferable: a deadly virus or zombie apocalypse?
Lili told us that ATLGO is inspired by extreme survivalists, and a sexist apocalyptic novel she had read (which was obviously written by a man). She wanted to challenge that notion of men being the ones to survive in an apocalypse and wrote this book to show how a small town, mainly populated by women can band together to survive a disastrous world event.
She did admit that there was some bending of the rules of physics in this novel, though nothing too crazy and in her research, for the novel, she learnt many things, like how to build a radio from things around your house and a crystal.
IF YOU LIKE AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT!
Lili recommended us the following apocalyptic books that are similar to ATLGO: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills, Parable of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler + This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers.
LILI WILKINSON’S OTHER BOOKS:
OH SHEIT! Looking up Lili Wilkinson’s books on Goodreads, I found out that she edited the book titled Joan of Arc: The Story of Jehanne Darc and I didn’t even know! I wish I’d spoken to her about it so I could tell her how it changed my life when I was only 15 and showed me that women are strong and powerful, and can do anything they want to do if only they believe.
Pictured below are some of the wonderful books that Lili has written over the years:
MANY THANKS TO THE YA ROOM GIRLS!
Below is the stunning invitation I was sent from The YA Room. It’s beautiful like all of their graphics they make and I needed to include it somewhere in this post.
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With Love Bree xx
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