As a bibliophile, I find it hard to separate “fangirl,” “author,” and “overenthusiastic geek.” Thankfully, there was plenty to love at RT for all parts of my geeky persona.
Fangirl-me got to hug Victoria Dahl, take a photo with Amy Lane (gawd, I love her), and spend hours chatting with L.A. Witt about books and writing and pervy things too. (yeah, I totally love her too!)
As an author, I attended several workshops which really fueled up my muse and got me planning what’s next in my pipeline. I have a few works I need to go ahead and finish up, but I will be taking a hard look at my southern gothic hoodoo-riddled M/M romantic suspense very soon, and I totally blame Cherry Adair and Gennita Low for sparking THAT particular muse. (and for the giggles and guffaws from attending their workshop). I also have plans to return to writing F/F fiction, thanks to an invigorating discussion with Danielle Monsch, Dorothy Shaw, and Saranna DeWylde. Inspiration was found everywhere. What an amazing thing.
As an overenthusiastic geek, I found myself surrounded by my very oldest and dearest friends: books. One evening, I snuck back to my hotel room, crawled into bed, and took a couple hours to just read and enjoy a book. (The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt, which was awesome, highly recommend!) As good as a battery recharge, just those few hours fueled me for the rest of the week.
I was thrilled to meet two fellow Musa Publishing authors, Grace Wen and Andy Dunn. You might wonder what an erotic romance author, a category romance author, and a sweet M/M romance author could find to talk about, but it turns out, quite a bit. A lovely reminder that no matter what genre or heat level we write, we all want the same thing: to tell a darned good story.
And yes, I am totally going to New Orleans next year.