Book Events, Features

Book Event: V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light Book Tour


On Saturday, March 4th, I attended V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light book tour.

And yes, it was as awesome as you imagine it would be…


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Oh would you look at that!  I matched the books… what a completely unplanned coincidence…

The event took place at the Joseph-Beth Bookstore in Crestview Hills.  Crestview Hills Kentucky is roughly 1.5 hours away from where I live in Ohio, but thankfully I didn’t hit any traffic going through Cincinnati, so it only took me about an hour and 15 minutes.
The event was scheduled to start at 7:00pm, but I arrived at 4:00pm.  Yes, you read that right.  I know it seems a little excessive to arrive 3 hours early, BUT I wasn’t about to NOT have a seat where I could see.  I mean how often do I get the opportunity to see V.E. Schwab in such an intimate setting?  Plus I had been following the tour on twitter, so I knew that at every stop, Schwab took a picture of the audience holding up their books.  I was determined to get a front row spot for this picture.  (#SpoilerAltert – I succeeded)
That’s right, front row baby!
When a fellow blogger friend, Megan @bookslayerReads expressed interest in attending the event, I quickly pressured encouraged her to attend the event with me.  I was so happy that she made the decision to come.  And yes, she is just as sweet in person as she is online.  This was her first book event, so hopefully she is now hooked and I can persuade her to attend the SOKY Book Fest with me in April.
If you don’t already, you can follow Megan on her blog @bookslayerReads


 If you can believe it, I actually ended up running into ANOTHER book blogger at the event.  Ashley @Fictional Living  had overheard me giving out my blog address to the lady sitting next to me (she asked me for it, I wasn’t shamelessly promoting my blog) when she recognized my blog name.  Small world right?  I’ve followed Ashely for a while now, and love her blog.  You should definitely check it out.
Anyways!  Back to the tour…
Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light tour kicked off on February 21st in Nashville TN.  She then proceeded to visit 14 cities in 14 days!  Pure insanity!

Schwab came out and opened up with a Q&A session, which lasted for an hour, but could have gone on much longer.  There was a steady stream of questions without any type of awkward pausing.  Schwab was very down to earth and charismatic.  You can tell her fans are very important to her.


I often find it difficult to organize info from an author Q&A session into a cohesive post, so like I have done in the past, I am going to share with you what I learned in bullet point form.

On writing…

» The first thing she ever wrote was a 7 page short story when she was 12.  It was about two brothers, the angel of life and the angel of death.

» Schwab is neither a planner or a pantser, but rather a “connect the dotter.”  She plots out 5-10 plot pointes, then arranges them accordingly.

» She always knows how a book is going to end before she begins writing it.

» She writes her stories in her head, then types them out on the computer.  The moment she feels blocked, she will switch to paper and pen to play out different scenarios.

» The character name comes first, then she can come up with the character’s personality.

» Schwab’s roots are in poetry.

» There are two types of world builders: The “door writers” who give the reader full access into their world, and the “window writers” who give the readers limited access and let the reader infer.  Schwab is a “winder writer.”

» Writing a book is a spiral of self doubt.

» She never rushes into a project.  She will sit on it until she is ready to write it.  She has never abandoned a project that she has started in the past 10 years.  Of course she has wanted to, but she doesn’t give into those feelings.

» Every time she finishes a book she always says that she will never do it again.  Writing is an insanity that she would not trade for anything the world.

» She writes for herself first.

» She has a middle grade series coming out next year that she scalped from her first book idea.

» She cautions aspiring authors to not have writing quirks.  The more quirks you have, the more they limit you as a writer.

» Schwab likes to write for 30 minutes, then take a short (10ish minutes) creative break (reward) where she will watch TV, listen to music, etc.

» She has been dabbling in other mediums such as comic books, graphic novels, and screen plays.  She would love to write a screen play for a film adaptation for someone else’s book.

» She has a short story coming out in July in collaboration with Jesse the Reader.  He will be writing the introduction.

» Schwab is contracted through 2021.  She is looking forward to a short nap in July of 2019.

» Always write EVERY project idea down.  You WILL forget it if you don’t.

Source: The Joseph-Beth Bookstore Facebook page

On the Shades of Magic trilogy…

» The Shades of Magic series is her “love letter to Harry Potter.”

» Why did she choose to set them in London?  Two reasons… (1) London is the most overused setting in fantasy. (2) Her Mom is British.  When she visited London, she fell in love with all the history.

» The Shades of Magic series is adult fantasy, but she paced it like YA.

» More often than not, authors have no control over book titles, covers, or marketing.  Coming up for the title for the first book was a 4 month battle.  They went through 70-80 titles before A Darker Shade of Magic was selected.

» She did not come up with the title for A Gathering of Shadows.

» A Conjuring of Light is the book that she has had the most creative influence over with regards to design.  ACOL was the first title she suggested.

» Schwab was asked what the character’s favorite fruits were = Rhy would enjoy something decadent like candied plums, Kell wouldn’t like any fruit just to spite people, and Lila would like whatever the most expensive fruit she could steal.


On life…(and reading)

» One of the craziest things she has ever done was skydiving.  She has discovered that once she realizes she has a fear, she must conquer it.

» When she was 18, she backpacked through Europe and was arrested in France for hitchhiking.

» Her strongest emotional reaction to a book was to A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  She found herself crying throughout the entire second half of the book.  It is very rare for a book to give her such a strong emotional reaction because she considers herself “fairly soulless.”

» She recommends Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher.

» She is a huge Neil Gaiman fan.  Her favorite book of his is Neverwhere because she loved the villains and the overall tone of the book.  The Graveyard Book is the book she wishes she would have written.

» Her favorite Hamilton song is Guns and Ships.

» Her favorite place in the world is Edinburgh, Scotland.  She says that it feels like home to her.  This is actually where she wrote the first lines of A Darker Shade of Magic.

Source: V.E. Schwab’s Twitter


In case anyone was wondering, V and I hit it off and are basically BFFs now.  We have so much in common!  We are both 29, grew up on Harry Potter, are lactose intolerant, love Neil Gaiman, love peanut butter… really the only difference is that she is a best selling author and I am… not.


See?  If that isn’t a pair of best friends, I don’t know what is.  Call me anytime V 🙂



Do you attend author events?

Have you read the Shades of Magic trilogy?  If so, what did you think?

Comment below and let me know 🙂

37 thoughts on “Book Event: V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light Book Tour”

  1. I really enjoyed this event! And I’m definitely hooked now. You can expect me to be at SOKY in Bowling Green, for sure! You can bet I’ll be bugging you about info for the event. Lol. So anyways, you look so pretty in the pics! (And that’s the worst pic of me ever! Not to mention the Facebook photo… why did they have to snap one right at the moment I was trying to get food out of my teeth or something?) 😂😂😂 I love that you took those notes and posted them here. She said some really interesting things, and I loved listening to her!! I can’t believe I finally went to my first event. It was wonderful. Glad we could meet and get to experience it together! I think I’ve decided I’m going to reread ADSOM and AGOS before I delve into ACOL. Just since it’s been two years since I read the first one. I wanna refresher before I get back into the series.

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    1. Yay! Now you’ll never get rid of me lol

      Oh stop it! You look fantastic! The fact that you have a kid and still have the perfect body of a teenager boggles my mind.

      I haven’t made much headway in ACOL because I decided to take my time and only read a little bit at a time. I am so sad that I will have to say goodbye to these characters and this world. I’m not ready 😦

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      1. Well it’s a damn good thing I don’t wanna get rid of you then 😉 I know how you feel! I don’t wanna say goodbye to them, either. Maybe that’s why I’m putting it off… and making excuses not to read it just yet… lol


  2. You are so close to her and your spoke up your fave things GAHHHH I am dying right now this is amazing, she has to be one of my fave Authors, I love how down to earth she is on twitter and her answer here seems like she’s even cooler in person and so godamn young just reading this post makes me want to go write a book. Yay for meeting blogger friends! It’s the best to see someone you only talk to through the internet in person I’m glad there are so many of us in Melbourne that we can regularly hang at events with. I would have came so early as well, first row seat would have been mine (we usually snag first row seats at events but that’s mainly coz people move when atleast 5 people start running to the front XD jks were nerds and make sure we’re first in line)


  3. How awesome that you got to go to this event. It sounds like you and your book blogger friends had a blast. Loved the recap! My favorite was the “favorite fruits” question. Victoria is so creative, knows her characters so well, and gives great answers to those types of questions. At her Huntington Beach stop (which, like you, I arrived at three hours early, ha!) someone asked her if she ‘shipped Kell and Holland and she answered: “The only thing I ‘ship for Holland is ‘Holland and suffering.'”

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    1. She really is the best 🙂 I actually have YOU to thank for introducing me to ADSOM because I read it after reading one of your book tags where you mentioned your love for it. So THANK YOU my friend for opening my eyes!

      V is definitely one of the coolest authors I’ve met.

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  4. Oh my gosh, thank you for sharing this recap with the rest of us that couldn’t make it to a stop! I love your outfit and nails as well! I also don’t think arriving that early is too crazy; it is better to be safe than sorry.

    I’m currently reading ACoL and loving it. I only have 200 pages left but I don’t want it to end!



  5. Schwab is probably one of my all time favorite authors so I loved reading this post! It sounds like such an awesome book event; I wish I could go to one of the stops as well… So thank you for writing down so many little facts for those who can’t. 😉 Not only is she crazy talented but she seems to be such an awesome person as well. ❤


  6. I love reading your book event posts! You actually reminded me that I have a pending book event post to finalize. (What have I been doing with my life?! That should be a bigger priority!) My first book event! I’m so glad you convinced Megan to go too. I have found a passion for author events now. And I hope you have a buddy for the SOKY Book Fest!

    Also– you and V.E. Schwab are obviously besties. It’s super apparent. Now, when is she coming over for tea? 😉

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    1. I can’t wait to read about it! Like book clubs, there is just something about being around people who share your love for books… It was awesome meeting Megan in person. She now has no choice but to attend events in the future because I will bug her until she commits lol

      I’m so happy you can see that V and I were destined to be besties… She just hasn’t realized it yet lol


      1. DHASJKHDJKSHDJDJKJKSHDJS I WANNA TAG ALONG!! Maybe if I sell my kidneys and my left lung, I can afford all tickets necessary – including the plane ones?? Hahahaha!
        Have fun in there for us all, Amanda darling!!!! ❤ ❤


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