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KA Mitchell, Jordan, Edmond Manning, Clare London
I'm still reeling, in a good way, from my time at the GRL Retreat in Atlanta. It's hard to describe the power of meeting an online friend in person, being able to give them a big hug and hang out and soak up their presence. It's such fun to grab someone whose work you enjoyed and say, "That book was so cool, I can't stop thinking about it!" And it's powerful to connect with fellow authors, especially authors who I figure, "Well, they're way out of my league," and it turns out they think I'm pretty spiffy too.
The retreat kicked off with a pre-con writers' workshop, and I was so fortunate to have a room full of participants in the very first slot of the day, so I had us all set our intentions for the retreat and get off on the right foot. Nicole Forcine also did a video interview where I gave my best key piece of writerly advice.
Friday I had a fantastic time reading from Among the Living, and so many of my readers showed up in their PsyCop T-shirts to cheer me on! In a very Vic-like decision I'd ingested a dubious Canadian sleeping pill the prior night to try and get forty winks before my big morning... and ended up reading the unfortunate Auracel- swallowing scene with a foul drug taste in my mouth that rivaled the one in my poor protagonist's. I guess it's kinda like method acting.
Signing autographs! Aniko L, Jordan, Whitney W, Cindi S, and Clare London
The absolute best part of GRL for me was meeting the readers. What a warm, generous, enthusiastic bunch. Worth noting, the convention was just as much about readers getting to meet each other as it was about readers connecting with the authors they enjoy.
All around, the sense was that we were the tribe to be part of. The packed elevators were full of this bubbling glee. We have found each other. We can be ourselves. The other guests looked stunned when they wandered into the midst of our mob. I'll bet they were jealous of how much fun we were having. If not, they should have been.
(Hugs and kisses all around! Above with Steve L and Amy D, below with "#1 Stalker" Susan L, Heather C, Sarah B, Joyfully Jay, and Julie S)
Next year's GRL Retreat is being held at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale IL. (Watch the GRL site or FB Page for official info, costs and dates.) Hope to see you there!
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