I was thrilled when I learned that Ernest Cline, author of READY PLAYER ONE (click title for my review) was coming to Denver as part of his paperback release tour… but I was ECSTATIC when I was requested to interview him beforehand at the Tattered Cover on June 14, 2012! READY PLAYER ONE is my favorite read/listen of 2012 so far, and I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Ernie. He is by far one of the sweetest, most open, coolest, geekiest, and friendliest authors I’ve met. Interviewing him is definitely a major highlight for me as a book blogger, and I’m excited to share my experience with you by posting my first ever audio/podcast type interview!
That’s right. I recorded our interview. I’ll be honest, I’m fearful to post it because it wasn’t until I listened to the playback that I realized how much I hate the sound of my voice. Ugh, but the discussion is too good not to share. I was actually crazy enough to transcribe it for those that aren’t able to listen to it. Yes, I’m encouraging those of you sitting at work or in class to read it instead! The document is only 13 pages long (I know I’m crazy, but by the time I realized how long it was, I was so far in that I felt like I should keep going). Heheee.
The interview is spoiler free, but it if you haven’t read READY PLAYER ONE yet, check out the synopsis below first so you’ll understand what we’re talking about. Then listen to the interview, and then go buy the paperback for yourself so you can start reading it right now. You can thank me later :).
Alright, are you ready? Here’s the audio. Or you can read it if you’d like… I cleaned it up a bit when I typed it up, the audio is definitely more “raw”. Warning: There are most likely a ton of typos in the document. It took a long time to transcribe and I was just trying to finish. I may eventually go back and clean it up, but for now, don’t judge (please)! Also, details for the epic READY PLAYER ONE Easter Egg Hunt to win the DeLorean he’s driving across country for his tour are below!
Here’s a picture of us with the DeLorean that he’s touring in and giving to the winner of the RP1 Easter Egg Hunt!
To celebrate the release of the Ready Player One trade paperback, author Ernest Cline is holding a contest inspired by the plot of his novel. He has hidden an “Easter egg” in the text of both the hardcover and paperback editions of Ready Player One. If readers can find this hidden clue, it will lead them to the first of three increasingly difficult video game challenges. The first person to complete all three of these challenges will win the grand prize, a 1981 DeLorean automobile, complete with a Flux Capacitor! Ernest Cline will be driving this DeLorean Time Machine across the country on his book tour this June, so contestants will have a chance to see the grand prize in person at each of his book signings.
For more information about the contest rules (and to watch the video that contains hints), please visit ernestcline.com/rp1contest/.
I can’t thank Ernest Cline enough for this interview. It was so much fun! Thanks Ernie!