Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, and Ransom Riggs (+giveaway!)

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Nearly 2,000 Filipino fans turned out for New York Times bestselling authors Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, and Ransom Riggs at the book signing tour held by National Book Store this weekend at the Glorietta Activity Center and Ayala Center Cebu.

Veronica Rossi is the author of the “Under the Never Sky” trilogy,” with the books “Under the Never Sky,” “Through the Ever Night” and “Into the Still Blue”; Tahereh Mafi penned the “Shatter Me” trilogy, with the books “Shatter Me,” “Unravel Me” and “Ignite Me”; while Ransom Riggs is best known for his “Miss Peregrine” books, currently with two installments, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” and “Hollow City.”

After signing thousands of books in their back-to-back events, I was lucky I got to catch them for a quick chat today at the Writer’s Bar at the Fairmont.

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Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

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Last year, I had a chance encounter with YA author Ransom Riggs when I was scheduled for an interview Tahereh Mafi, and luckily got to interview them both. I had read, “Miss Peregrine‚Äôs Home for Peculiar Children” a few months before then, and I purposely cleared a spot on my reading list for the sequel, “Hollow City,” as soon as I got the book this weekend.

The Miss Peregrine series centers around peculiars, people (often children) with odd physical traits or abilities. To protect them from the world, peculiars are often found under the care of a matriarch, called an ymbrine (such as Miss Peregrine), within the sanctuary of a time loop. The peculiars are in danger, not just from the humans who treat them like circus freaks, but also from darker elements: hollowgasts (hollows) and wights who are hunting them down.

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Tahereh Mafi + Ransom Riggs in Manila!

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I was scheduled to interview Tahereh Mafi (author of “Shatter Me,” “Unravel Me”) last Saturday prior to her bloggers’ forum at Powerbooks, and was delighted to find Ransom Riggs (author of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), who had flown in with her, had come along to check out her events as well. When I asked if I could interview him with Tahereh, Ransom graciously agreed, so I had a lovely hour chatting with these two YA authors!

Doing a joint interview was a great idea, not just because of the limited time before the start of the bloggers’ forum, but also because Tahereh and Ransom are friends, so they were very candid the whole time! From their books to their writing, down to what they’ve experienced of the Philippines so far, we certainly had a lot to talk about, and it was an amazing experience.

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