The Authors After Dark conference in Philly was absolutely amazing! I had so much fun with the usual crew – Brynn Paulin, Jen Armintrout, Mia Watts, Simone Anderson, Carol Lynne and the lovely Jill Welch. We all caravaned to Philadelphia from Michigan. It was a looonnnnnngggg drive – 13 hours one way, but we had fun listening to books on tape. But more on that, later.
I finally got to meet my friends Jess Jarman and Gwendolyn Cease! We’ve been internet and phone buds for years, but this was the first time I got to meet them in person and it was fantastic – as was Gwen’s delightful sister, Jude.
Stella Price was jaw-droppingly amazing as always. I have no idea how this woman does what she does as stays sane. I adore her. I can’t imagine not attending this conference. It’s, by far, my fave!
So Brynn, Jen, Mia, Jess, Gwen and I decided to host a party and give away an iPad 2 along with 12 e-books to one lucky reader. It turned out to be a hilarious karaoke party. It was total madness that turned into a sing-a-long with a guest dancer/party crasher from an MBA conference – we were clearly having more fun at our con than he was at his.
We sang. Our guests sang. Carol Lynne requested that the hostesses sing Kung-Fu Fighting. (Because she’s pure evil.) It isn’t everyday you can make an ass out of yourself in front of a room full of readers, fellow authors and your bosses. But yeah. We did it. I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’d totally do it again. As long as Jen MCs – she was nothing short of brilliant.
The panels were fun. I was a little nervous about answering questions, but I think I did okay. I hope so, anyway.
I also got to see lots of awesome blogger and readers which is always a blast. There’s something magical about being around other people who love books as much as you do.
I didn’t get to see as much of the city as I would have liked, but I loved what I saw.
One of the best things happened on the way home. Brynn bought some audio books to listen to. I won’t name names, but one of them couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a sweet romance, an erotic romance or a nursing home book. The writing was horrid, not to mention cliche. But we had a riot laughing at the story and acting out passages. It was several hours well spent!
All in all, it was a fabulous conference and I can’t wait until next year!