This summer, as part of the Connecticut Author’s Trail, the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library hosted Caragh O’Brien for an author talk. O’Brien is the author of Birthmarked, begins a planned dystopian trilogy. The second book, Prized will be available in November. Birthmarked has been chosen by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the ALA Amelia Bloomer Project, and honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection.
O’Brien is a fantastic speaker who comes well prepared with visuals. She talked in depth about Birthmarked her writing process, how she found an agent and got her book published and about her characters, and even read the entire first chapter. She brought along the original map of the world she created in Birthmarked along with many of the covers chosen for other countries and drafts of the original US cover. A former school teacher, she spent much time talking with teens and their families before and after her talk.
I had a second opportunity this week to visit with her at the CAT finale at Mohegan Sun. O’Brien remained friendly, inquisitive of others and full of inspiring thoughts and encouragement for others and their projects. I would recommend her as a featured author to any library or school.