This is a post I should have done a few weekends ago when it happened but alas, traveling and writing got in the way. Anyway, here it is!
SINCE I am doing the RT conference in Kansas City next year (hope to see you all there!), I thought I would go for the local SIWC — Surrey International Writer’s Conference on October 20th in a city quite close to my own. I figured it would be the perfect primer for this whole “writer’s conference” thing and I wasn’t disappointed.
Yup, my first conference and the first person I saw was my Twitter pal Lorna Suzuki, whose fantasy series Imalgo is pretty much in development for a major motion picture. Got her — and the screenwriter — to sign my book.
And soon discovered that my tablemate was Diana Gabaldon.
HOW IS THIS.….WHAT????
Naturally I played it cool (snort) and discovered that Diana is one cool (and stunningly, delicately beautiful) cat. She had lots of great writing and publishing advice (stick to your guns, write what you want, don’t worry if you can’t classify your books because she can’t really classify hers…) and we enjoyed many a glass of chardonnay together (though she now owes my partner a drink).
It was only at the last minute that my partner and her got talking about the MacKenzie clan…he a MacKenzie and she knowledgable about everything on earth.
Along the way, I met EIT readers Joy and Deanne who were awesome to meet, really great people, as well as Amanda and Poonam (who are also great, lol). It was a great way to ease into the conference lifestyle and wow.…if I ever have lines like Diana, I don’t know what I’d do ! Actually it was really fun listening to each and every fan praise her and her work. Strangely humbling
As my first conference and book signing, I personally thought it was a success and can’t wait to do it again!