Monday, September 21, 2015

Triangle Reads and talking to real authors without turning green

Yesterday, I got to do something exciting that I have never done before. 

I got to talk to a BUNCH of writers in person. 
Real writers.
Writers who have seen their names on the New York Times Bestseller list.

In other words, writers I want to be.

You know what?? Most of them were really, really nice.

And they looked just like normal people!
(Except for Elin Hilderbrand. She was VERY glamorous. Like she just stepped out of an issue of Town and Country with her long blonde hair and really long legs and perfect bod. But her boyfriend was a big bear of a normal guy who could have been DL or Brawn or any of the guys we're married to, so maybe she's Town and Country-ish because that's who we expect her to be, given the type of books she writes.)

My favorite Margaret Maron was there, giving us the sad news that there will be no more Deborah Knott books after Long Upon the Land. I wanted to cry when she said that. Instead, I just said "Oh, no!" really loud and everyone looked at me.  I love the Knott clan.  I wish I was married to one of the brothers. (In truth, I don't blame authors for tying up loose ends in series or getting rid of unused manuscripts...they are all appalled by what has happened to Harper Lee.  "Trust no one" seems to be the mantra of the day.)

The funniest author in the bunch, and someone I'd like to have a drink with, was Joshilyn Jackson. Truth be told, I'd never heard of her, but apparently she's very popular. She was HILARIOUS!! I also think she'd had a LOT of wine. I will have to try one of her books.

I attended two panel discussions, and got a taste of what the writing life has to offer. ("You're alone a lot," they kept complaining.) It's even more wonderful than I thought--being alone with just a laptop and the cats...after 16 years of dealing with kids and parents and administrators and state bull$hit, a little (like 24/7) alone time will be just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks to the Southern Independent Booksellers Association for including readers in this conference. It was a great opportunity.

So when can I quit my job to write??


Anna of the Mutton Years said...

Don't give up your dream. :)

Art and Sand said...

I'm ready to read your novel!

Our friend in town who is an author (never the New York Times best seller list) is married to a teacher. She provides the steady income and the health insurance. He does fiction and non-fiction and got his start writing articles for magazines. One article became a book ...

A neighbor's son teaches English at a community college. It took him 10 years to get his first novel published. It helped that his parents have the money to purchase a bunch of the books and pass them out to friends. Everyone on our lane has read the book and it is unanimous that the book is great. We're all waiting for the movie while Michael is busy writing his next novel and teaching others how to write.

Junkchiccottage said...

Go for it!!!! Keep your dream alive. This conference just confirms you need to follow this path.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

That sounds simply wonderful! So happy you had the opportunity to attend! :) Linda

Rose L said...

I have several friends who are writers, excellent ones, and they have been published. My favorite is B. K. Froman, aka Barbara Froman. She is hilarious!
Alice Lynn is another and she has books that are beautiful in language. The most prolific is Lisa Nowak (not the astronaut) with several YA books that adults also enjoy and several teachers have put into their class reading as so popular.
We are all in a womens writers group called Chrysalis, Emerging Women Writers. Find a group, take classes and write, write write.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm so glad you got to go to this! Hopefully it refreshed you to deal with the crap for a few weeks at least. Hang in there. You'll be a writer before you know it.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I think all in good time you will write your novel! Quit your job and move to the Adirondacks so you can have gorgeous scenery to be alone with!

Dewena said...

I think I came here by way of you guest posting at Marie's, but I can't swear to it as it's 4:33 a.m. and I got up due to insomnia. And I think you wrote at her blog about the fabulous Canadian leaf red dresser. But I've gotten sidetracked by reading your posts here, loving this blog with its fresh writing style.

I'm commenting right here though because I love Margaret Maron and didn't know she was bringing Judge Knott to an end. I have about a dozen of her first books but think I have a few more to catch up on. I think after binge reading that far I discovered Louise Penny and read hers. But being from NC I loved the Maron mysteries and must complete the series.

All this to say, I've added your great blog to my blogroll so I won't miss your future posts. I love a blogger in a super hero cape!


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