Victoria Aveyard will be speaking at STCC on
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Auditorium (Bldg. 2)
Book signing to follow the event.
(A limited number of copies of Red Queen will be available for purchase at the event)
About the Author
Victoria is originally from East Longmeadow, Massachusettes but headed west for college and graduated from USC’s screenwriting program in 2012. Victoria scored a three-book deal for the Red Queen trilogy. The film rights were optioned by Universal Pictures.
Aveyard recounted that she was interning at a studio, tasked with looking at self-published books on Amazon to see if there was anything to option. “I realized that everything good was taken and even everything bad as well.” She decided to try her hand at writing.
A total film geek who names the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jurassic Park (she saw it when she was 3 years old), Star Wars and Independence Day (“the perfect summer blockbuster”) as favorites, she says the inspiration for the book came from X-Men. “I was always fascinated by the X-Men and the story of mutants being oppressed, but 100 years in the future mutants will run the show.”
At a pitch meeting for USC students at Benderspink, producers encouraged Aveyard to develop her idea, especially as a book. So after graduation, she moved home to East Longmeadow, Mass., and spent the next year writing the novel. When it was done, in January 2013, Benderspink helped set her up with a literary agent at New Leaf and by April she had the book and movie deal.
About the Book
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard – a growing Red rebellion- even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.