currently playing on my laptop: Bang Bang by Green Day
This weekend my hometown hosts the Southern Festival of Books, a wonderfully jam-packed flurry of things readers, writers, and fans MUST attend!
Here is what you’ll probably enjoy the most:
- Rock Star Panels and TalksIn the past, I’ve MC’d a panel, but this year I can relax and enjoy the show. IF SOMEONE WILL JUST MAKE ME A TIME TURNER. Seriously, I tried to create a schedule for myself so I could see YA fantasy and historical authors CJ Redwine, Roshani Chokshi, Sharon Cameron, Shannon Messenger, Nicole Castroman, Kerri Maniscalco, Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, Megan Shepherd, Martina Boone, Maria Dahvana Headley, Victoria Schwab, Maggie Stiefvater, and so many more. The authors will chat on the topic listed in the SoFest schedule in sometimes very small and intimate group settings. (depends on location and timing) You can pick up tips on worldbuilding, POV, character arcs, and marketing. Readers can learn how their faves went about crafting that awesome story they love. It is very, very fun.
- Signings From Authors Who Aren’t Even Touring Right Now (bring a book to the panel they’re on and most times they’ll stick around to sign or direct you to when and where they will sign!)
- Food Trucks (ginger lemonade and the grilled cheeserie, anyone? Super nomming happening)
- Honky Tonk Nashville Fun Times (Nashville is a great place to grab a drink, dance a bit, or listen to live music!)
So yeah. You need to boot scoot (couldn’t resist; deal with it) on down to Nashville and experience the SoFest!