LA time – 1.53 pm:
Yesterday (Wednesday) I went to Downtown Disney with other Samhain staff and we ate Mexican food at Tortilla Jo’s and had margaritas. I had a pomegranate margarita and a plate of shrimp (which here means massive prawns) & avocado enchiladas, black beans, Mexican rice, and guacamole (made at the table).
Then there was the huge Literacy Autographing, where I got to meet Jenna Bayley-Burke and Meg Benjamin and Erica Hayes and Molly Cannon (I think?) and Sarah Frantz and Angie James, and I was nearly signing near Suzanne Brockmann (!) except she wasn’t actually there. Her books were, in a big pile on her table, with a note apologizing for her absence.
Me: Jenna Bayley-Burke:
Because no one really knows who I am (and my books sell mostly online not in print) I didn’t get anyone buying my books. But I did have a fun fun time talking to my fellow authors and meeting people. And then Erica and I went to the bar, where we sat near the super-cool firepit thingy and ordered Nightingales, the exciting purple cocktail the Marriott has invented specially for the RWA! It was cold and very sweet and pale purple-coloured with a froth of eggwhite on the surface, and flavoured with ginger and violet and lemon. And we also had calamari and spicy chicken spring rolls served by a very charming Greek waiter who mocked our Nightingales. Which, to be fair, I understood. Girliest drinks ever.
I woke up with a sore throat and earache in the night and had to get up and make tea with honey for myself. I think it was because of a) excessive talking the night before and b) the dehydrating effect of the convention centre’s air-conditioning. I’m good today, though, and have throat sweets and plenty to drink.
Today I went to a great panel on LGBT fiction, which I found really inspiring, and made me even keener to write gay/lesbian/bisexual characters into my YA books. I’d say transgender, too, but I feel too ignorant to attempt that just yet.
And I met and chatted with Brigid Kemmerer who writes YA paranormal and Laurie A. Green who writes SF romance. I have new people to follow on Twitter and new online groups to check out and maybe join (SFR Brigade and Rainbow Romance Writers).
At the Keynote Luncheon I sat next to Toni Kenyon and Bronwen Evans, from New Zealand. And I was super pleased to find out they knew one of my Samhain authors, Serenity Woods!