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Author Karin Slaughter helped kick off her latest book release in the U.S. at the Barnes & Noble in Peachtree Corners on Saturday, talking to her fans about her latest book, “Unseen.”
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Karin Slaughter wanted to be a writer ever since she could remember.
After high school, she started to hone her skills and set a goal to have her first book published by the age of 30. And that's exactly what she did, getting her first book, "Blindsighted," published at 29.
On Saturday, Slaughter helped kick off her latest book release in the U.S. at the Barnes & Noble in Peachtree Corners, talking to her fans about her latest book "Unseen."
The event was a part of the Gwinnett County Public Library's "Meet the Author" series in which it hosts authors throughout the year.
"I loved doing research for the book," Slaughter said. "I interviewed a lot of police officers and detectives for the latest book. I started on it about three years ago and learned a lot through my research."
Slaughter said authors like Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King have been her inspiration.
"Stephen King is the best American author in my opinion," she said. "He does great character development and has very likeable characters."
As far as authors who she's most likely to read during free time, Slaughter said she enjoys books by Lee Child, Katherine Harrison and Michael Connelly.
"The main thing is I enjoy to read," Slaughter said. "To be a good author, you have to enjoy reading. Even if you're in the midst of a bad book, you learn how not to write."
Partnering with Barnes & Noble was an added bonus for Slaughter and the Gwinnett County Library. A portion of the book sales from Saturday went to the library, which is something Slaughter is passionate about.
"We also used it to sign kids up for the summer reading program," Denise Auger said. "Not to mention the library makes money and the author gets to meet a big group of her fans, it's a win-win for everyone."