Over the past few years, I’ve attending a variety of writers’ conventions, from Detroit’s ConFusion all the way to WorldCon. It’s given me a taste of a variety of sizes and styles of cons. When Authors After Dark came on my radar, I will admit the size made me a little nervous. I can be shy and sometimes prefer to lose myself in crowds. Plus, I knew I’d only be able to attend two conventions this year since there weren’t any local ones that really hit my radar.
Basically, I had to choose really carefully.
However, I do love connecting with readers, and because of the size limits, attending as a featured author was a huge opportunity. Too huge to pass up. Plus, I’m always on the lookout for a new convention to fall in love with and I haven’t been to Philadelphia since I was a kid. Then I found out that both Nat and Pam from Wicked Lil Pixie were going to be there (along with several other book bloggers I adore), and I was sold.
I’m on three panels, which I’m very geeked about. Though I will admit to being a bit nervous about the erotica panel. I’ve made jokes about why, but they were just that. The reality is I’m just not a morning person, and considering I know some of the people on the panel with me, I have a feeling much fun may be had at my expense. It’s okay though—laughter is always a good icebreaker.
Then there are the parties and the outings. As excited as I am for all of that though, I’m mostly excited about meeting some people I’ve only had the opportunity to talk to online and others I haven’t ever talked to before. I hope to see you there, and if you attend the erotica panel…please pass the sleepy chick a red bull or something.
Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka)