As a newbie author, I was SO nervous, but soon the nervousness gave way to excitement, even if I was pretty much in a constant state of awe at everything and everyone. The organizers did the most amazing job, and I could honestly say I felt at ease there. It was just so incredible being surrounded by like-minded folks who had all gathered to celebrate the genre they love so much. Everyone was friendly and approachable, and the hotel staff totally rocked.
|Me at my author signing table. I promise I will have |
print books for Atlanta next year, and not just postcards!
The most exciting thing of all, was standing in the hall on the very first day, and having a small group of readers come up to me to tell me how much they loved my swag, and how they loved my stories. That was when it really hit home that I was a published author. I must have looked like a crazy person, just smiling from ear to ear and thanking them. Getting to chat with folks about my books, and hearing them asking for more was an over-the-moon moment for me. Now, onto some pictures!
I also have to mention Jacob Flores because aside the fact that he and his husband are just so sweet, Jacob has the most amazing smile. You just can't help but smile when he's around you. It's infectious.
Also, Aleksandr Voinov who is as charming and wonderful in person as he is online. I was so happy he was able to attend GRL and that I got to meet him, and hug him!
You'd think it would be easy to find the time to sit and chat with everyone, but there were hundreds of attendees, plus non-stop events going on inside and outside the hotel. Also, I spent a good deal of time discreetly staring at people's name tags, which hopefully I won't have to do so much next year!
I roomed with Kim Fielding (can't believe I didn't get a picture of you, Kim!), and S.A. Garcia who I had such a great time chatting with.
We all took a field trip to Old Town, which is filled with charming little gift shops. This particular shop had lots of um.. interesting gifts. One of them being this little bug type thing with a wobbly head poking out of it's body. We couldn't work out what it was, but it looked like fun!
MLR also had some amazing Sugar Skulls, but unfortunately I could only admire them as I'm still not allowed to eat anything hard or too crunchy due to my recent dental surgery, but aren't they just so pretty?
This experience has been unlike any other. I got to meet my publishers, and some of the wonderful folks who make my books happen. The Torquere Press bowling party was so much fun. A big thank you to everyone who played, and those who came to cheer us on. I'm big enough to admit that I totally had my keister handed to me at bowling by the rest of my team. The Dreamspinner Press Cabaret was so much fun, and I got a hoarse voice from all the singing. The piano player was amazing, and whenever I hear Barbie Girl, I'll be thinking of GRL. Ariel, you looked amazing!
Thank you so much to everyone who made my first GayRomLit so spectacular, and a big thank you to all the organizers who worked so hard, to all the publishers, reviewers, authors, and readers I met. To those of you I chat to online, you are even more awesome in person. To those who didn't get to go this year, I hope we meet next year.