Join Prism Book Alliance® as GRL 2015 Supporting Author Posy Roberts talks with us today.
Last year was my first experience with GRL, and honestly, I was scared. I was positive I was biting off more than I could chew since I was a fairly newbie author. Sure, I had several books come out very close in succession, but I was sure I was going to sit at my Supporting Author signing with no one stopping to even say hello, everyone passing me by, wondering who I was.
I shared my fears with the people I rode down to Chicago with: author, Tina Blenke and voracious reader and cheerleader, Kathy. They had both been there before and essentially held my hand on that first day, encouraging me to show the world who Posy was.
Once I wandered around GRL, there were familiar faces I knew from Dreamspinner Press’s author weekends or from Facebook interactions. I got to hang out with Shae Connor while she passed out her Hug Me buttons and I was invited to dinner off-site with Bru Baker and Hans Hirschi. The restaurant was packed with other GRLers, and watching Edmond Manning sing with the singing waiter and embarrass people was priceless.
Before long, I forgot I was scared.
Many writers and readers are introverts. I certainly have my introverted moments, but I’m what psychologists call an ambivert, smack dab in the middle of introverts and extroverts. Initiating conversations is about as pleasant to me as going to the dentist, but once I get talking, I relax and have a great time.
If you’re new to GRL this year and are a little intimidated like I was, here are a few tips.
- Smile and say hello to people. Some people only need a friendly hello to get a conversation going.
- Find a buddy if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Thankfully there is a sign up sheet for newbies to be matched with a veteran. It’s on the GRL Facebook Group under Files.
- Take breaks in your room to recharge. Don’t be afraid to skip a few events if you need to.
- For some attendees, this is the first time or the only time of year they’re able to speak openly about what they read or write because of personal circumstances. Talking about MM Romance is amazing to do out in the open, even though I’m free to talk about what I write with everyone, including my mother. But to have a conversation that goes back and forth with other MM Romance lovers… WOW
- Talking about books at GRL is like the best book club in the world. I found some great recommendations this way. If your memory is not so great like mine, consider doing a quick perusal of your favorite reads before you come. This helps if you tend to get tongue-tied as well. Just start talking about a book and boom! you’re conversating. J
- Talk to authors! Come and say hello. Tell us about yourself. Feel free to ask questions. Share your favorite moments from books. We want to start a dialogue with you.
- And last but not least, drink water! A lot of it! More than you think you need. Traveling and eating salty restaurant food is hard on the body. When I got home last year, I could barely walk and it was all from water retention. So drink!
I may still walk into GRL scared this year, but I’m also very excited. I have new books out that I’m excited to talk about, and I’m crossing my fingers there will be a new release very close to the conference dates; there will be an excerpt in the Supporting Author Anthology, btw.
So if you see me around, say hello! We might end up friends. This is what I look like. 😀
Title: Silver Scars
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 06/22/2015
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical editorial firm is meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
“You’re making great strides, Gil. Huge.” Her angular blue-black bangs shift as she shakes her head to emphasize her words. “A few weeks ago you navigated three airports twice and got through a nightmare on a plane next to a stranger who comforted you with touch. You went to a new city far away from home all by yourself. No safe person in sight. You even walked around alone, went to new places, talked to people. You stood on a stage and shared your poetry. You fell in love.” She says the last sentence with extra intensity.
“I didn’t fall in love. I fell in lust and have a very strong desire to continue my relationship with Keith no matter how ridiculous it is. An office affair….” I wiggle my fingers to keep them loose and notice Dr. Soto glance down at them. The damn things have a mind of their own.
“We’ll talk about that, but first I want to talk about the sort of exposures you want to work up to as well as those you’re willing to work on this week. Ones you feel ready to face.”
Exposure therapy. That’s the sort of shit you see on newsmagazine shows when they take someone terrified of flying and eventually work them up to getting on a flight. People watch this shit for entertainment’s sake, laughing at this person who sweats and shakes while attempting to sit in a fucking mock-up of a fuselage. Sitting in an airplane seat in an empty room nowhere near a plane can send them into fits.
I’m the person people are laughing at, but it’s not because I’m afraid of something understandable like getting into a tin tube that flies 30,000 feet above the earth. I’m afraid of what used to be my haven, my safe place. And I’m afraid of being alone, which is why I live with my mom. I’m afraid of crowds and open spaces and nearly everything I’m not familiar with. Even things I am familiar with. I’m easily startled by loud noises and people touching me. I’m a disaster.
But I’m no longer willing to be.
About Posy Roberts
Real life. Genuine men. True love.
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep. Her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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