Alexa Aston with you today, recovering from four hectic days in sunny SoCal. I attended InD’Scribe, an author/reader conference, for the first time this past weekend, and had a blast!
First off, I am a solitary creature. I think many writers are. I love nothing better than to be on my own, in my world which I’ve created, talking to my characters and capturing what they say on the page. So going to an event where there are a ton of people is not exactly in my wheelhouse. Still, I’d heard InD’Scribe had great workshops (and I’m always trying to improve at my craft) AND it would give me an opportunity to meet my Dragonblade family in person. It’s one thing to trade emails with the people you work with or comment on their FB posts, but nothing can replace that face-to-face meeting.
The keynote addresses and workshops were terrific, especially the ones given by Anne Perry (whom I fan-girled over). She illustrated points by using her work-in-progress, a thriller set in Berlin in 1933 shortly after Hitler comes to power. I actually ran into her leaving the hotel and had a few minutes to talk with her about this upcoming release and how much I enjoy that era. I shared that I’d taught history for many years and WWII was my favorite topic to share with my students. She asked me when WWII began and I told her I thought it started before the ink dried on the Treaty of Versailles (written 20 years earlier than the “official” start date of 1939). After I explained why, her eyes sparkled and she told me, “You really do know your history.” I didn’t even need to go to the airport after that because I could have flown home on that compliment alone!
The book signing took place Saturday afternoon and was open to the public. I shared a table with Lori Robinett, a RONE-nominated author. I felt as if I’d not only met another author but came away with a new friend.
My fabulous editor, Scott Moreland, stopped by to lend support during the signing, and I can’t say enough good things about this man. He has challenged me to bring my A-game to the table, and his input has made my writing sing.
Author lunches were a great time for me to meet fellow authors whom I’ve read and visited with online. Meeting people such as Barbara Devlin, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Victoria Vane, & Anna Markland made the time fly.
Parties were another highlight of the conference. My publisher & mentor, Kathryn Le Veque, sponsored a Knights vs. Highlanders event. She is as warm and personable as I imagined and I feel blessed to be writing for her Dragonblade house.
The RONE Awards were amazing. Walking the Red Carpet made all us authors feel like Hollywood stars. Amy Jarecki kept me laughing (as did Suzan Tisdale, who should be doing standup comedy).
My terrific cover artist, Dar Albert, won and had one of the best speeches of the night. Getting to know Dar was so much fun and I appreciate how each cover she creates brings my heroes and heroines to life.
The best part of the conference was getting to know my Dragonblade family. Kathryn’s assistant, Kris, keeps the ship running. We are so lucky to have her onboard.
I’m pumped about what I learned—so guess what? I’m off to write!