Monday, February 27, 2012

Passion and Prose

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of riding up to Long Beach from San Diego with my friend and fellow Castles and Guns blogger, Lisa Kessler, to attend the first annual Passion & Prose event! Along with readers, there were more than fifty authors in attendance from every genre of romantic fiction. We had a blast!

Passion & Prose was designed to bring authors and readers together for a special one day event, and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed. The speakers were funny and informative and the way the event was designed, every table had a least one author--often two! It was a very intimate affair. Yes, I'm an author myself, but Saturday, I was more of a fan girl. Not only did I get to see some of my favorite authors, like our speakers, Meg Cabot and Gail Carriger, but I was also able to pick up some books from new-to-me authors, like Jess Haines--a kick-ass urban fantasy writer and a super sweet lady!

For those YA fans out there, Passion & Prose even featured a YA panel with some of the year's hottest YA authors: Andrea Cremer, Sara Wilson Etienne, Marie Lu, Beth Revis, and Jessica Spotswood. It was fun to hear not only about each novel featured on their Breathless Reads tour, but also to hear about each author's journey to publication. Rejection and perseverance seems to be a common theme when it comes to bringing book babies into the world.
In the end, the two hour drive was so worth it to be able to hang out with a bunch of women who love books as much as I do. I'll definitely be attending next year, and I hope to see you there!

What about you? Do you enjoy conferences or reader events? What's the next event you plan to attend?

4 comments:

  1. I love going to hear other authors speak. Most every time, I find it very inspiring!

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  2. Sounds wonderful. I love it when events bring readers and writers together under one roof.

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  3. That sounds like a fabulous weekend. I'll be attending my first reader-oriented conference, Authors After Dark, in August. I hear it's great and I'm totally looking forward to it!

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  4. Ha! I had a blast being car-roomies with you Cassi!!! :)

    I'm hoping to be at RT this year... I had a blast there last year...

    Lisa

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