What a weekend! I had so much fun at Kawa Kon. Thanks so much to Katrina for inviting me to be there and host some panels. I can’t wait for next year! I’m uploading video from the panels I hosted right now, but it will take a while, so I’ll post links once they’re all available. Thanks to everyone who attended my panels – it was my first time doing them, and I think they went really well. Friday I hosted a panel about Creating Believable and Engaging Characters. Saturday was Life Happens: Finding the Time to Write. Sunday was National Novel Writing Month Basics. I didn’t get video of that one though.
I met lots of great new people. *waves* Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table and talked to me, asked me questions about writing (feel free to hop over to the contact form and ask me more), and of course thanks to everyone who bought my books. Thanks to everyone who started reading Divided the night they bought it, and told me how much they were already loving it. I truly appreciate your kind words. Thanks to those who said my books remind them of the Dresden Files. Wow! What a compliment! And to the gentleman who said my books reminded him of Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series, again! Such a huge compliment! Seriously, those comments made me feel like a million bucks!
This is the third convention I’ve sold my books at, and each time I learn a bit more about how to make it a great experience for everyone. I always have so much fun, though I have to admit it’s a bit exhausting. Being an introvert, spending 3 days straight talking to people wipes me out. But don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I love love love meeting people, talking to people who have read or are reading my book, talking to other authors who want to talk about the writing and publishing process. I love it! It’s an experience unlike any other, and I’m so thankful to be able to attend conventions and meet everyone. I just need to take the Monday after off work so I can recover. Even so, I already can’t wait for the next convention.
So thank you again to everyone at the con for being so incredibly awesome and making the weekend amazing! YOU are the reason I do this!
I hope everyone had a fun and safe new year. I brought in 2014 surrounded by new friends, and it’s so far been off to a wonderful start. I cleaned my house today and started working on Burning Darkness. I’m aiming to release it May 22, so it’s time to get my nose back to the grindstone. I wrote the rough draft for NaNoWriMo 2012, so I started reading it today and making minor tweaks, then I’ll really get down to business with editing. This one is a standalone, but don’t worry – Elena will be back late this year (tentative release date November 20.)
I have a crazy busy 2014 ahead of me. I still have my full time day job, and I’m also working to become a Mary Kay Sales Director by June 30, along with releasing 2 books this year and attending several conventions. Not to mention exercising and eating healthier, and attempting to have a social life (aka fun) in between all that! Phew!
Right now, the most important thing for you to know is that I’m a dark fantasy writing guest of honor at Kawa Kon 2014! The convention takes place February 7-9 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott. I’ll be selling my books all weekend and will be doing 3 panels. So stop on by, learn some stuff, buy some books and have some fun!
Friday Feb. 7, 6-7 pm – Creating Believable and Engaging Characters
Saturday Feb. 8, 1-2 pm – Life Happens: Finding Time to Write
Sunday Feb. 9, 12-1 pm – NaNoWriMo Basics