First, the winner of Leanna Renee Hieber’s contest is Patricia Barraclough. Congratulations, Patricia.
Now here’s two months of upcoming conferences: Pay attention to location and use the websites to get more details.
Readers and Writers Holiday Conference
Central Ohio Fiction Writers
September 18–19, 2009
Fall Harvest Workshop
Midwest Fiction Writers
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bloomington, MN
September 26, 2009
CARWA Industry Extravaganza
Calgary Association of RWA
Greenwood Inn, Calgary, Alberta
October 2–3, 2009
Fall in Love with Romance Readers Luncheon 2009
Heart of Louisiana
3482 Drusilla Lane, Ste D, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Date: October 3, 2009
October 9-11, 2009
Heart of the West~Romance in the Mountains
Writing: A Magical Journey
The Lodges at Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
Dates: October 9–10, 2009
20th Anniversary Emerald City Writer’s Conference
Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America
Bellevue Hilton, Bellevue, Washington
Date: October 9–11, 2009
Authors After Dark Paranormal Weekend (A FIRST)
October 23-25, 2009
Suffern , NY
2009 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference
New Jersey Romance Writers
The Woodbridge Hotel & Conference Center (soon to be Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel), Iselin, N.J.
October 23–24, 2009
NTRWA Writers Roundup
North Texas Romance Writers of America
DFW Embassy Suites South, Irving, Texas
November 6–7, 2009
http://www.ntrwa.org Click on the Writer’s Roundup link.
Novelist’s Boot Camp
Ohio Valley Romance Writers
November 14, 2009
Okay, I hope there’s enough for everyone to do. It’s difficult finding conventions in all parts of the US, but I try.
Now for the more: Some of you probably read how Mason exposed my secret. Don’t worry. I told her she could. In case you didn’t read it though, I’ll just tell you. I am now a romance author. Tease Publishing LLC will be publishing my paranormal romance novella WHEN LOVE SURVIVES. What happens after the contract? Well, now I have blurbs to write. I also get to wait for my editor who will send my novella back to me for rewriting. And I’m working on my next book. I’m excited. I just hide my excitement well–behind gummy bears, back to back episodes of True Blood, and jewelry making.
Today I’m doing some research. You’re probably wondering why a paranormal romance author does research. To tell you the truth and this is from being a fantasy author too, fiction usually requires a ton of research to make it look, feel, and taste real. I do a lot of digging into old legends and mythology. I also do detailed character sketches that weave my character’s history into a particular mythology. There’s a lot of planning involved like family trees and timelines detailing specific times in history. Maps, sometimes ancient maps to find where a character or ancestor came from. I’ll go back on the internet to find the weather report for that day. First hand accounts of disasters are also available online or searching through a collection of old newspapers. Sometimes I just have go to the place and talk to people.
So today is already busy. A while back I said on Facebook that I living my life at light speed. I think that’s still true only I’ve gotten used to it. That’s all for now. I really have to go and write.