So, I’m finally recovered from the Women’s Expo last weekend, held in Kingsport, Tenn., and thought I’d share some thoughts and photographs.Â Events included a meet-the-authors dinner Friday night and even more authors signing throughout the day on Saturday.
I think I sold at least 20 books on Saturday, maybe a few more. It was so crazy, it was hard to keep track. Here I am with Barry Eisler, author of the John Rain assassin series. Barry was one of the big names at the expo, and he was really fun to talk to.
One of the best parts about doing events like this is getting to meet other authors. I also got to chat with Shirley Damsgaard, who writes witch-themed mysteries for Avon. A very witty and funny lady.
Another great thingÂ about these sorts ofÂ eventsÂ is getting to meet other readers. Because authors are always readers first. At least, IÂ am.Â Krista, left, is a nurse manager who drove in from Nashville for the event.Â We talked about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and other books we’d read.Â
I also got to meet Chasity, who comments onÂ my blog sometimes. She came down from the Pound, Va. area for the expo. Both ladies picked up advance copies of Hot Mama, which I hope they will enjoy. Several other local folks also stopped by and said hi to me on Saturday during the actual book signing.
Speaking of Hot Mama, here it is, along with Karma Girl at a table during the Friday night dinner. Hot Mama officially comes out on Nov. 6, so get ready toÂ order, read, and enjoy.
The expo is a yearly event, held the third weekend in October. The organizers, the wonderful Sharon and Lydia, are already making plans for next year. They’re trying to get romance authorÂ Nora Roberts to come for the 2008 event and fantasy writerÂ Jim Butcher in 2009. Fingers crossed!
What about you? Who would you like to see at an event like the expo? Inquiring minds want to know …