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We have a blast at Pride and love connecting with readers, but unfortunately, we seem to be cursed when it comes to weather. Last year there were torrential rains and we barely managed to pack up our books before they got swept away. I wish I were kidding, but there really was a river of water moving down the street and inches of standing water we had to navigate to get back to our cars. The officials gave the call to close down early and we were soaked through by the time we got in our cars.
This year the weather seemed much more promising. It was sunny and in the low 80’s at first. Not too humid with a light breeze. After a few hours, the skies darkened and it began to sprinkle. Before long, it was a steady drizzle, and then finally an all-out rain. We weren’t in any danger of our books being damaged or being swept away this year, but after the streets cleared as people went inside to get out of the rain, we closed up shop early again.
It’s a disappointment. I get a lot of joy out of meeting people who love reading and are excited about gay romance. Last year I met a young, college-age guy who tearfully said, “I didn’t know anyone wrote books for people like me.” This year, I had a returning fan (!) come to the booth and buy two of my books because she loved the one she bought last year so much. I enjoyed talking to aspiring authors and professors teaching gender studies.
Although the weather put a damper on things, I did learn quite a bit from the event. Last year I saw that there wasn’t much for bisexual people. There’s often such an emphasis on celebrating m/m and f/f couples that bisexuals get lost in the shuffle. So this year, I came prepared with a box of assorted Bi Pride buttons that people really seemed to enjoy!
The other interesting thing I noticed is that there’s a massive demand for lesbian romance. I have a plot bunny that’s been hopping around in my head for a while now and I think one of my upcoming projects is going to be tackling it. So keep your eye out for a lesbian romance release in the future. Ideally, I’ll be able to finish it before the end of the summer, because we are thinking about attending Michigan Pride in Lansing at the end of August.
Please take a moment to join our Michigan LGBTQ Authors group to keep up to date on what our next event will be. We have a lot we’d like to do.
I can only hope that either it stops raining every time we attend an event or I grow flippers …
Flippers seem like the more likely option.
About Brigham VaughnBrigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her three cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.
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