Monday, April 30, 2012
I returned home yesterday after one of my favorite annual weekends of the year, the Washington Romance Writer’s Annual Retreat. I wish I had photos to share, but alas I forgot my camera, and I was so busy chatting, I didn’t have time to stop and pose. And that’s why today’s blog post is entitled Are you a flitter or a sitter.
Because I’m a flitter. When I go to a conference or even a party, I flit from person to person excited to talk and connect with all the familiar and new faces I see. “Oh, there’s Lavinia, I want to hear about her son’s college applications” “And there’s Robin, I wonder how her book edits are going.” “Oh, and I haven’t met Allison yet, but I keep reading her posts on the chat loop and would love to meet her in person”
And off I go…
But maybe it would be better to be a sitter. To find one or two people and sit and really connect. Maybe I’ll return home at the end of the weekend regretting that I only waved at some people, but I’ll feel strong bonds with the fewer people that I did make time to connect with.
And speaking of connections… CONNECT was the buzzword of my weekend. I self Selected out of the craft workshops to attnd the marketing and industry ones. Connect was my takeaway buzz word. Connect with readers, other authors and the community at large.
So talk to me…Are you a flitter or a sitter? What is your conference strategy?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
As you know I write regency erotic romance. Or rather I USED to write regency erotic romance. But I had these story ideas in my head that would not leave and so I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and got them down. And guess what? You’ll be able to read them soon! Keep checking back here for blurbs, cover art and release dates. For now I can’t give you much more. Sorry.
As a reader, will you follow an author to any genre? Or does it throw you too much? For example, I didn’t read much of Christina Dodd’s historicals, but when she jumped to her contemporary paranmoral, I gobbled them up like whoa! And I will read anything Lisa Kleypas puts out in historical, but I have yet to pick up one of her contemporaries. I’m not sure why I haven’t. I love her voice and her writing.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is one example that comes to mind as someone who leaps all over the time spectrum. Her Kinley Macgregor books are medieval (sp?), Dark Hunters are contemporary paranormal, and her Born In books are Sci Fi. Kresley Cole also very successfully made the leap from Scottish historical to contemporary paranormal and I’ve heard she’s got a YA coming out too.
These authors leap around and fans seem to follow them. And yet can you imagine if JR Ward announced she was going to write a regency romance? Or Stephanie Laurens announced a forthcoming paranormal YA? It’s jarring. As a fellow writer, I would applaud and encourage every author to write books that are important to them no matter the genre, and yet I understand that business branding doesn’t always allow for that. And then again Ward and Laurens have rabid fans who would probably follow them into middle grade graphic novels as long as the voice was true.
So do you follow favorite authors or for you is it all about the story no matter the author?