Where do I even start? COME TO PENNED CON NEXT YEAR! This was hands down one of the most fun conventions I've ever been to as a writer, or a reader. I met more awesome people than I could possibly hope to list here. Even more amazing? The convention raised over $11,000.00 for the Action For Autism charity! Thanks to everyone who was there and helped make it an unforgettable experience.
A few quick highlights:
I told Colleen Hoover I was going to get a T-shirt made of the photo we took with Tarryn Fisher in Oklahoma. She seemed skeptical, so I showed up to our panel wearing it. Oh yeah, did I mention I had a panel with COLLEEN HOOVER? :)
Not just Colleen. Mark Coker of Smashwords (who's an encyclopedia of publishing knowledge) was on our panel, along with these two awesome people, Jasinda and Jack Wilder. Jasinda gave a stellar, inspiring keynote speech at Penned Con. Go get The Missionary. It's a visceral look at the terrifying problem of human trafficking. It's dark, but there's more to it. You will not be disappointed!
Tara Sivec. Passion and Ponies. I've had a few people tell me how hilarious this book is, but I just didn't understand until
Red Dirt 2014 was great! I was thrilled to get a chance to participate in the benefit for Moore, Oklahoma.
It was a blast meeting so many readers and authors in person for the first time. One of the highlights for me was spending some time with Jaz Primo, Tarryn Fisher, and Colleen Hoover. Tarryn and Colleen both went home with Worribles. Mission accomplished! ;)
I've since read Ugly Love by Colleen and Mud Vein by Tarryn. Seriously? Even if they aren't your usual genre, these books are superb!
Big thanks to Lindsay Sparkes, Christine Brae, and Nicole Janko for putting together a fantastic convention!
Several of you asked, and I eventually stopped procrastinating and put the list together. You can now find all of my upcoming signings for the rest of this year, and 2015, here. There may be more added as time goes by.
We're doing another signed paperback giveaway! You can enter below, or on the Facebook page. Ends at 9:00 PM CST, Sunday, 08/17/2014.
We all have our reasons, be it for joy, vanity, escape, need, or one of a million other motivators. I recently contributed to a class project on donorschoose.org. I admit, there was a bit of pride involved because Days Gone Bad was one of the novels chosen for their class project.
Several months later, something came in the mail that I didn't expect. It was a small packet of thank you notes, only they weren't the typical thank you form letters you usually associate with donations. No “Thank you mr/ms insertnamehere for your donation to insertprojecthere.” It was hand written notes from students. Here my friends, I was reminded of one of the most important reasons we write. Buried inside those wonderful notes were the words “I don’t read much, but your book has really opened me up to the joys of reading.”
That thank you letter has inspired me to strive harder to do even better. You never know who might read your stories once they’re let loose into the world.
Don’t let them down.