Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Well, one thing we had in common was that Mina wrangled all the authors--somewhat akin to cat-herding--into something vaguely approaching organization. Which was a miracle.
But our stories, and our interpretation of "paranormal noir," varied wildly. How could we promote it?
Someone along the way suggested a Facebook Party! And here's the result:
Uh, that would be a no. But I hope you find time to check out DARK SECRETS! (And thanks to Rachel Caine for putting together the video!)
Monday, September 28, 2015
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Friday, September 18, 2015
I want to say right away that the class has great materials, and the instructor is wonderful about corresponding and answering questions super fast. So, all of that is great, of course. My problem: I don't know that I am cut out for online writing classes like this. I feel a disconnect, and think I am the kind of person who does better when I am talking face-to-face with someone or am in a classroom/group situation. Like I said, this has NOTHING to do with the materials or the instructor. I really think both are great, and I am learning various things, so it is a win either way.
Have any of you ever taken an online writing course/workshop? If so, does it work for you? What advice or opinions do you have?
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
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Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
Monday, September 07, 2015
I attended my first Southern Magic Readers Luncheon that same year. I met a couple of my historical romance writing idols - Karen Hawkins, Lyn Stone, and Gayle Wilson - to mention a few. Meeting them, telling them about my favorite of their books, and simply talking writing with them let me know, without a doubt, I had finally found my people ! Through Karen Hawkins I found The Goddess Blogs, an online community of readers and writers, many of whom are my dear friends to this day.
I've attended many readers luncheons since that first one and there is nothing like gathering with fellow readers to let you know your obsession with books is not yours alone. Readers are a tribe unto themselves. We talk books and authors the way Southerners talk football and barbecue. Favorite authors become favorite teams. Favorite genres become favorite flavors. And we all want to share the reads we consume over and over again.
Reading is comfort food for the heart, the soul and the mind. Those of us who read look upon those who do not as poor, unfortunate creatures wandering alone in the dark. How on earth do they survive? Why to those of us in the South that's like living in Alabama and not rooting for either the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Auburn's Tigers. Is that even allowed? Sacrilege!
In this age of instant everything and the supremacy of all things electronic, fast, efficient, and fashionable according to the Kardashians (God help us!) reading could get lost in the shuffle. After all, Kanye West said he's never wanted a book's autograph. Isn't that the last word on the entertainment value of reading? (Actually I am fairly certain that is the last word on egotistical ignorance, but I leave that for you to judge.)
And now I have come full circle. This year, for the very first time, I will be co-hosting a table as a published author at Southern Magic's Readers Luncheon. And I do apologize for my full-fledged geek out, but that is just TOO COOL FOR WORDS !! If all goes well, my second novella will be out in print in CHRISTMAS REVELS II. Even better, our speakers are two people who have been so supportive and helpful to my writing career and huge inspirations to me. Darynda Jones is a fellow 2009 Golden Heart Finalist aka my Ruby Sister! Lexi George and I found out what a critique group was all about after hours in Tammy Lynn's bookstore in little old Wetumpka. Tammy Lynn and I reading the infamous "weenie in a bag scene" in the middle of a Mexican restaurant and laughing until we cried is one of my favorite writing memories.
Readers events are vital to authors. They give us a chance to meet the people who make all of the frustration, tears, late nights, chocolate binges, spreading butts, hair pulling, and worn out fingers worthwhile - the readers. The community of book lovers is indeed a tribe. And you, darling readers, will always be the chiefs!