I love writing. I love creating worlds and the people who populate them. I love story telling – the plotting, the pacing, the unexpected twist that surprises and satisfies, all of it.
But one of the key attractions to the writing life – at least for me – is the fact that, somewhere along the line, someone will read what I have written. In my best, most cherished fantasies, the reader not only enjoys the work, but it gives them something in return for their attention. A bite of humor, a chunk of inspiration – something that will make life better – even if only for a moment or two.
Which is why I love reader/writer cons so much. Not only do I get to stay in a nice hotel and eat yummy food that I did not have to cook myself, but I get to meet READERS! Those lovely folks who enjoy my work as much as I do. And – quite often and in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else – they want to talk to me about my books. They want to ask questions about the characters, or a plot point or a setting. I seriously LOVE that.
Which is kind of the point. Reader/writer cons are different from writing conferences in that they invite the reader into the writer’s world, makes them comfortable and gives them space to connect with their favorite authors. And therein lies the fun.
And, as it happens, there are several fun things in my near future. This Saturday (May 19th), I will be attending I ❤️ Books, an FWA sponsored book signing at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville. It is a free event and I cannot wait!
The next one is Space Coast Book Lovers event in Cocoa Beach Florida. There are way too many great activities to name them all here, but you can check out the website for more information.
Then, of course, there is Indie Book Fest in August in Orlando. Another reader/writer con that should not be missed.
Reader/writer conferences combine all my favorite things – readers, books, writers, good food and great locations (not necessarily in that order) all in the same place at the same time.
So, what are you waiting for? Join us. It’s going to be a blast.