|Kristina's book signing table at Rust City!|
Around February I heard about a new conference not too far from my home; it was a first-time convention, and since I don't get to a ton because of where we're located (why aren't more conventions set in the mid-west??) and our schedule, I immediately signed up.
I have to say that the Rust City Book Con was above and beyond my expectations! It was a reader-focused conference, so while there was plenty of shop talk going on with the authors there, there was a lot of reader/author talking and interacting. I eavesdropped on a few reader conversations and that was really cool. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the weekend, in no particular order:
|Away from home, but still writing!|
- The Hero Love Meet & Greet - it was me, Elizabeth Harmon, Sage Spelling, Gina Sterling, and Marianne Wieland. We played a Match Your Hero game and Pass the Popcorn, but the highlight was the Love Scene Smash - in which readers had to read a passionate passage (heat levels were innocent-white to red-hot-smex) to win a prize. Most of the readers (some were authors!) did a smidge of acting out, too, making it even more fun!
- The book signing - who doesn't enjoy 40+ authors, talking (and signing) books for readers? I met some really cool people (shout-out to Lori Z and her friend), talked about my favorite things in romancelandia, signed books for several readers and generally had a great time!
- The quiet - in between the panel discussions, luncheons and signings, there was plenty of time to dig into Slippery Rock 2 as well as a sooper sekret projekt I hope I can share with y'all soon. This is a shot of the desk in my hotel room - it's so much crisper than my office at home...why is that??
- Missing the fam - as much as I love RadioMan and bebe, I think it's important to have time to ourselves. Just a little bit. I think that time away helps us keep our identities as women and as writers...plus, who doesn't like a welcome home kiss or a kiddo's bear hug?
Do you attend book conventions? What do you like (or dislike) about them?