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Author Ransom Riggs talks "Peculiar"

Riggs signs a copy of his newest book
Riggs signs a copy of his newest book
Layton Isaacs

On a day many teens were out of school and public libraries were closed, New York Times bestselling YA author Ransom Riggs opened up Hardesty Library for a special BookSmart Tulsa event. A line of people waiting to get in started forming at 6 p.m.

Riggs flew in from Chicago for his sixth stop on a 13-city book tour promoting his second book, Hollow City, which is a continuation of his first novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Riggs sat for an interview for this column before the public event in the auditorium kicked off and answered some questions about both books, the writing process and himself.

Afterwards, Riggs stepped over to be introduced in the auditorium by Jeff Martin of BookSmart Tulsa. Members of the audience were allowed to ask questions.

One person in the audience brought a hard-to-find copy of a coffee table book Riggs did titled Talking Pictures. Riggs grabbed the copy and brought it up onstage and showed off some pages and the stories that went along with the pictures before returning it to the proud owner. Every seat was taken in Connor's Cove.

Riggs remarked "This is the largest number of people who have ever showed up to see me."

One young lady asked the author what advice he would give her about editing a trilogy she is working on.

"Don't edit yourself too soon in the process," Riggs replied. "Show your work to trusted others. Where their criticism ends up overlapping, that is what you want to pay attention to."

After the Q and A, a long line formed from the auditorium to the book signing room down the hall. Barnes and Noble was on hand to sell copies of both of Riggs' YA novels.

"I didn't know I was writing a YA book until Miss Peregrine came out and that's where bookstores shelved the copies. So all of this has been a happy surprise," Riggs noted.

To see the interview and public Q and A, go to http://new.livestream.com/TulsaLiveEvents/BooksmartTulsa.