My poor neglected blog. (Yeah, how many times have I said that before?!)
CoastCon was more fun than I could have ever expected. The convention staff was awesome and treated me quite well. My reading was surprisingly well-attended, i.e. there were several people there who I did not already know! My panels went very well, and the audience was absolutely fantastic–asking terrific and well thought out questions that really kept the topics moving along. I met several new people: the very lovely and nice Jeannie Holmes, who also has books coming out from Bantam; Mark van Name, an incredibly interesting and fun author; as well as Raymond Boudreau and Randolph Allen who were instrumental in making my con experience a delightful one.
I also had the chance to hang out with old friends, including John Picacio and Chris Roberson. Through them I was able to meet Michael Moorcock, and when we all went out to dinner I had a bit of a “Is this really my life?” moment when I realized I was hanging out with a writer whom I’d practically idolized.
Anyway, I had a great deal of fun, and I very much hope to be invited back next year!
In other news, I’m now looking ahead to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, in Orlando, April 22-26. I’ve never been to RT before, and I’ve heard many interesting things about it.
85 days left until the release of Mark of the Demon!
The sequel, Blood of the Demon, will (hopefully) be turned in quite soon (right now I’m just waiting for my agent to approve the rewrites,) and I’m currently at work sketching out the plot for the next book, as well as the details to the series arc in general. I’m super-excited at where these books are going to go, and I think that the readers are going to really enjoy it as well. Yes, there is a definite end to the series (right now I think it will be ~6 books in all,) and it already makes me cry (in a good way!) thinking about the final outcome of it all.
But, in the meantime, be sure to check out the great group blog that I participate in: The Magic District ! Lots of really great content there, and we’ll be having some nifty giveaways fairly soon, so be sure to bookmark it!