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Top 10 Things I’m looking forward to at GRL
This will be my fourth GRL. I’ve attended hundreds of conventions in my life. Used to be quite the cosplayer back in my younger (and more time-filled) days. I admit that GRL is a bit outside of my normal comfort zone. The conventions I attend were anime for the most part, a couple sci fi ones, but none romance related. The conference comes off in some aspects like a bachelorette party. Lots of booze (evenings) and penises. Friends and family know I’m asexual and somewhat uncomfortable in the raging hormone settings, so they ask me why go? So here are some of my reasons:
To see my friends.
-old ones, new ones, fans, fellow authors. Social media has brought a lot of us together, but this is the one place you can actually get together and be around people who are probably just as weird as you and okay with your craziness. You wrote about dragons, zombies and unicorns in one book? Yeah, me too, minus the unicorn, plus a couple shape-shifters and a vampire…
Because I write in the genre.
-this one is more of an obligation piece. I don’t really have to go, but it almost feels like a responsibility. Our genre is pretty small and needs all the support it can get. I’m a writer and I do enjoy speaking with fans, even if I find them intimidating. If everyone who loves m/m romance came there would be thousands of people. But these meets are small, and I show my support through my attendance.
I’m a reader looking for the next good book.
-there’s a lot of discounting of authors at these things because some people have it in their head that authors don’t read. Maybe they don’t read as much as I do, but I know they do. Even the busiest of them. Only avid readers will improve at their craft. I write three to four books a year but I read hundreds. I’m talking four to five books a week. I read, and yes I really am looking at the blurb of your book, making a list for things I may just buy. Don’t discount me because I write too.
Visiting a new place with new people.
-I used to travel a lot. Alone mostly. I went to Australia, and Europe, and all over the USA and Canada on my own, just because I wanted to see the world. It’s been years since I did that. I still travel alone, though not as often, but sometimes it’s nice to see new places with people you don’t know as well. Discover what makes them excited, and maybe make suggestions.
-I remember the first GRL in New Orleans. I had so many ideas from the settings to write from. And each place comes with new characters, plots, and inspiration. It may not all work into a story, but it’s some place to start.
The chance to be discovered by more readers.
-I think this is why a lot of authors go. And it’s a pretty big thing, but not the most important since this is a small convention. Everyone wants to be liked, popular, sell well, etc. For me it’s more the discovery. I did a reading for the first time last year, had a good crowd because I read before someone who is a pretty big name and prolific author in the genre. A lot of people liked what I read enough to buy the book. I heard from a ton of people the next day that they’d gone and read Hidden Gem that night and loved it. That for me is rewarding. Not the sales, the happiness. I like knowing that something I did was enjoyed by others. They wouldn’t have discovered me or picked up the book if I hadn’t done the reading.
-It’s a working vacation because I have to be “on” which for me means being social, but I do get down time. It’s less stress because I’m not home worrying about the day job or the bills. I don’t mind people watching. I can get joy from a room full of laughing people even if I’m not participating. It can be restful. And when it’s not I’ll be hiding in my room.
Networking with bloggers and authors.
-this is one of those things that I really do enjoy. These are people who put a ridiculous amount of time into supporting the genre, the writing, the politics, and the fans. They are amazing, hard-working, and awe inspiring. I listen more than talk. It’s a great place to learn about the nuances of the genre and the people. What’s popular, what’s up and coming, and what blows it all away no matter what.
Giving back to the fans.
-I like giving people things. Especially my readers. My gifts are usually small, but I’d like to think they are remembered. It makes me feel good to give them. The rest is just cake.
-Okay I’m not a party animal, but I do have a lot of fun. I enjoy watching people be silly and sob over their favorite author. You’ll never find me dancing or singing at the top of my lungs, but I’ll be in the background. And yes I’ll be having fun.
So what is on your list of reasons for attending? Why this convention over the hundreds of others (yes there are a lot of rom cons out there)? What do you look forward to? And how do you plan to make the most of your weekend?
Title: Evolution: Genesis
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: 13 October
Sequel to Evolution
Evolution made music history when one bandmate turned vampire and another joined the vampire hate movement Preservation Group. Gene is trying to cling to the music as his relationship with Kerstrande begins to spiral into the darkness of hidden demons. Jaded by his years as a vampire flunkie, Kerstrande uses his newly won power over New York City to destroy his enemies and protect Gene. But a demon called a Fallen begins to take control of KC, slowly devouring his soul and through him the entire city. Battling against the evil that wants to destroy him, Kerstrande fights to hold onto Gene’s brightness.
A power unlike any other grows within Gene and shines like a beacon to the demons surrounding him. Realizing that only he can save his lover, Gene is willing to do anything to shake the darkness loose. Even if it means reshaping the future, the band, and his own existence.
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