Readers 'n 'ritas
Between Thursday and today, I’ve written a whopping 3,000 words for NaNo.
That’s OK, though. I had a very busy, very fun weekend at Readers ‘n ‘ritas, a reader’s convention held by Fresh Fiction.
Not only did I get a lot of goodies in the form of free books, but I got to talk to some authors, attend different panels and get some books signed.
The authors in attendance at RnRCon:
- Sherrilyn Kennyon
- Dianna Love
- Candace Havens
- Jaye Wells
- Dakota Cassidy
- Michele Bardsley
- Mari Mancusi
- Rachel Caine
- Ann Aguirre
- Louisa Edwards
- …and some others I’m forgetting…
Though I’ve met a few of these authors before (Dakota Cassidy, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells and Rachel Caine), it was wonderful to see them again and get to talk with them more. Dakota Cassidy is hilarious to be around and Michele Bardsley is amazingly sweet. I was invited (along with the rest of my Book-Addicts companions) to dinner a couple of times with Dakota and Michele.
However, I have to admit, I was probably most excited to meet Ann Aguirre. After discovering her earlier this year through her Corine Solomon series, she’s rapidly becoming one of my newest favorite authors. I have her sci-fi series and her romantic series (which she writes under the pen name Ava Gray) as well, and I’m looking forward to reading them.
Ann is really sweet, and I love that she used to be a clown. I got to have lunch with her at the convention and I’ll admit, I fan-girled a little sitting next to her and getting to know her better.
I really hope Ann returns next year, because I’ll have more books for her to sign (I brought five books for her to sign this weekend).
While I was rubbing elbows with some of my favorite authors, I also attended some of the panels.
The one I was most interested in was about writing romantic comedy. Since my NaNo novel is a romantic comedy, I was looking forward to hearing what the authors at this panel (Dakota Cassidy and Louisa Edwards) had to say about the genre. What I took away from this panel was that comedy often comes from slightly exaggerating personal experiences and not overdoing the slapstick. Though I haven’t read Louisa Edwards (yet), I have read Dakota Cassidy — and if I can be half as funny as she is in her books, I’d be extremely happy.
Dakota and Louisa were also panelists on the other panel I attended about book reviews. I have to say, while this panel was interesting to sit in on, I didn’t take too much away from it. Reviewing for Book-Addicts gives me a lot of practice, and after writing some reviews for a couple of my classes, I have a better understanding of what makes a great review.
Saturday night, RnRCon held a costume ball, where readers were encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from a book.
Though I didn’t participate in this (partly because of a lack of costume and partly because by Saturday night I was exhausted), the other members of Book-Addicts did participate.
Cid dressed up as Urban Survival Barbie from Mira Grant’s “Feed”. She was a zombie killing Barbie — complete with sparkly pink accessories and a bedazzled and bloody machete.
Suzan dressed up as an urban fantasy heroine. I think she managed to count 12 possible books she could be the heroine for.
Linda looked really cute as a masked Little Red Riding Hood.
And though I wasn’t in costume, I had my eReader, so I was myself — a Book Addict. 😉
Cid even won second place for Most Creative Costume. I’m sure she could have taken first, but there were a lot of Sherrilyn Kennyon fans in the room, and the girl who took first place was dressed as a character from one of Kennyon’s books.
RnRCon was lots of fun, but it was also very exhausting. I’m still trying to get back into the swings of things…
…I also need to find a way to make up for the no writing I did this weekend too.