7 July 2012


When I got an invitation to Macmillan Children's Book's 4th of July celebration for Dreamless, I was so excited. Partly because I'm extremely nosy and I look snooping around publisher's offices. But also because Josephine Angelini was going to do a live web chat from America.

Not only did the lovely staff at Macmillan go all out decorating their office with flags, blue, white and red stars and striped banners, but they made lots of stunning food from rocky road, hot dogs and cupcakes set out like the American flag!

But to top it all off, Josephine was absolutely amazing - so bubbly, chatty and friendly. It was so lovely to hear how characters from Starcrossed are based on members of her family, from Jerry (named after her brother) to the Delos family in general which is based on her own large and loud family life. I'd never really thought about it before, but Josephine explained how thinking about her own family helped her develop the characters, by using traits and situations from real life (not including shooting thunder bolts) to embellish the characters.

Josephine explained how her initial inspiration for Starcrossed came from seeing Romeo & Juliet and the Iliad on the bookshelves next to each other and wondering why no-one had thought to modernise the story of Helen of Troy. I have to admit when Josephine said she would like to have dinner with Hector most out of all her characters, I couldn't help but agree!

We were also lucky enough to hear a snippet from Goddess, #3 in the series, which I can't wait for. Shame we have to wait a year for it. And can I also say, considering it was early morning for Josephine, she somehow managed to look flawlessly beautiful! This woman can do no wrong!

I am rather annoyed at myself for not taking any more pictures, but I was just so overwhelmed my brain kind of stopped functioning properly. But honestly, with cupcakes and Josephine on web chat, who can blame me!!

If you haven't seen the web chat, hop over to My Kinda Book's Google + site to take a look.


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