What’s your venue of choice to meet favorite authors?
I’m planning my schedule for 2013 and I’d love to attend a reader-friendly gathering. I enjoy meeting readers face-to-face and prefer smaller venues like regional conferences.
But I’m game for anything.
My personal favorite is one-on-one quality time with a special reader. Like here, when I met a Scottish reader for lunch and an afternoon beach walk in a favorite Highland town..
More recently, I met with two Tarts who were in town on holiday. This was about a week ago and to say we had a grand day is an understatement.
We hooked up in a local thrift shop which was loads of fun. One of the Tarts knew I would be there (it was arranged, after all), but my appearance was a surprise for the other Tart. After letting her wander around the thrift shop for a bit, I approached her and struck up an ‘innocent’ conversation. I’d found a framed painting that could’ve been Scotland.
I knew this Tart had been to Scotland, so I asked her if the painting reminded her of Scotland.
Her eyes lit, and she started telling me about her travels there. I said I ‘loved Scotland, too.’ After a bit, I smiled and asked her if she ‘believed in Highand magic?’
I also showed her a lovely rune necklace I wear. (it’s a gift from a reader/friend and the runic inscription sparks creativity) The runes seemed ‘Devorgilla-ish’ and a good lead-in to mentioning Highland magic.
It was about then that the other Tart spoke up, telling her who I was.
So we kicked off our day in a fun way.
After a very enjoyable morning spent exploring the local thrift and antique shops, we had lunch at my favorite waterside pub/restaurant. Then we headed back to the mainland for more thrift shop cruising. At one point, I’m pretty sure we encountered a ghost in one of the thrift shops! We wrapped our day at Barnes and Noble, browsing the bargain book aisles and then treating ourselves to coffee and cake in the BN Cafe.
These two Tarts have been loyal readers and dear friends since Devil In a Kilt days, so it was really special for me to be able to spend time with them.
They even brought along a sister and a cousin, so it was great to meet them, too. The more, the merrier, as the saying goes.
It was a wonderful day.
I was sad to say goodbye. But I know they’ll be back one of these years and when that happens, we’ll do it again.
For now, I’m so glad to have met them face-to-face and for the beautiful memories we made.
I’d love to meet more of you.
So please let me know if you enjoy meeting authors live. And if so, which conferences or get-togethers you love best.
If ever you’re in my area, let me know. Unless the Deadline Dragon is fire-blasting me, we’ll hook up. Small and intimate is always my favorite way to spend time with someone.