Last weekend I attended the James River Writers Conference. I feel so lucky to have a conference where I can soak up wisdom from the likes of Lee Smith and Barbara Kingsolver practically in my own back yard. I came a way feeling energized and great about the professional path that I'm on. Then of course I ran into a post on a writers forum I belong to about how self-published authors aren't true authors. When I was done seething, I started reflecting on how most of the industry professionals that I had met over the weekend had NOT had that same attitude.
Saturday afternoon, sitting in a rather stuffy basement room in downtown Richmond, as people were filing in to hear Hugh Howey talk about "Self-publishing and the Changing Climate for Writers and Readers" I witnessed something that not a lot of people get to see, a bestselling author shifting around chairs to make sure that everyone got the best seat possible. It was a good thing he did too. By the end of the hour, people were standing in the back of the room. I can only hope that the other folks left there feeling as empowered as I did.
Just back from the excitement of the James River Writers Conference. There were a ton of terrific speakers and I learned a lot. I came away with a huge to do list. One of those things is putting myself out in the world in more than just print.
In a perfect world, we introverts would just do terrific work and people would flock to it because it's terrific. That's not really how the world works. We/I have step outside our little bubble and actually tell people what we're doing. With that in mind, I recorded this video on Friday. Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of hotel WIFI, I wasn't able to upload it until I got home. So, it's a couple of days old, but still just as relevant.
Are you an Outlander fan? Have you worn out your copies of the books through rereading them? Did you loan them to a friend never to see them again? Did you fall in love with the show and now want to read the books during the crazy long midseason break? Well, now you can win the whole series!
This week I tackled The Angry Woman Suite. In this rich complex story three different characters give three perspectives on the dysfunction within the Grayson family that spans generations. When Francis is a little boy he lives with his mother and aunts in the family home. But all is not well. The house is full of tension between the women living there that Francis as a little boy has trouble understanding. As he grows up he attracts the attention of his teacher and local historian Aidan, who helps Francis find freedom and comfort in music. Francis escapes his family through music building a career travelling and playing until he meets and marries the mother of Elyse. This little girl gives the final view on the Grayson family troubles and resolution, of as close to it as they're likely to get.
This week I rode on the emotional roller coaster that is Nina Bruhns's Warrior's Bride. Rini Herelius is recovering emotionally abusive relationships with her former fiance and her mother. While attending a Native American Powow she meets and has a fling with a nameless warrior/dancer. They both think it might be the start of something more, but one misunderstanding leads the already heart-sore Rini to take off without even learning his name.
Coleton Lonetree is a handsome, successful lawyer who just wants to find a woman he can count on. After being given up for adoption and being deserted by his first wife after less than twenty-four hours Coleton seems to expect the worst from every romantic relationship.
I just wanted to mention a few updates on how things are going.
Last week I released a brand new short story in the Once and Future Series. I intend for this story to be free for everyone. I am still waiting for Amazon to price match it, however it is already free on BN.com, KoboBooks and Smashwords. Here is a description.