Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I Love Book Festivaling!
As promised, here's the scoop (with photos) from the fun I had in Charlottesville at The Virginia Festival of The Book last week. In the top picture, from left to right, is: Me, Carleen Brice, Therese Fowler, Jenny Gardiner, and Kim Reid. I'd like it noted that no adult beverages are present in any of the pictures.
The panel I was on--with Therese and Virginia Boyd, my buddy from the Pulpwood Queen weekend was really fun--and since it was the very first day I was able to relax the rest of the time I was there.
One of the coolest things about festivals is hanging out with the other writers. No matter what, it's like we've been buddies since elementary school (or at least junior high) and just talk and laugh and have a blast. And it's not just because of the martinis. We even spend some of our time talking about writing--the process, the business, the feeling of "oh my God could we be any luckier? we get to do this for a job!!"
My first toast, the first night, with Jenny, Therese and Virginia, where we enjoyed, um, martinis and amazingly great Asian tapas (so great Therese and I went back there two of the next three nights!) was this: To us, published authors all. No matter what happens, no one can ever take that away from us!
I'm off to the west coast for a few days with family--more next week.