It was 4:30pm, and after the Paranormal Panel was complete, I was out on my own, in the middle of a bustling crowd, trying to figure out where to go next. Since my time was limited at the events, I wanted to make sure I could absorb as much as possible. My nerves were jumping, from excitement, (added to the fact that I had no idea what I was doing as I had not yet looked over the schedule of events, and I had not yet familiarized myself with the building).
Part 2 of my trip to the Orlando Romantic Times Convention
I did find a line forming, and decided to get in. I was surrounded by fans, booksellers, and authors of all sorts. To my delight, I immediately recognized Richelle Mead, and headed towards her for a quick hello and snapshot! She was extremely friendly, and posed willingly. While in line, I looked over the Agenda I was given (in a bag full of goodies, including books, and previews), and realized I was headed towards the Awards Ceremony.
As I entered, I found a seat, but discovered that I was not in a prime spot for photo taking, and decided that I would simply stand in the back of the room, and take pictures from there (I had a pretty good lens). A friendly woman approached me, and offered to escort me to the front row area. I quickly learned that this was in fact, the “Kathryn Falk”, owner of the RT Book Reviews and responsible for bringing us this great convention. Delighted, I realized that I was surrounded by the great authors to be honored at this ceremony, and took advantage of the opportunity to make some new acquaintances, and take some pictures.
During this event, the American Title V winner was announced to be Marie-Claude Bourque (a fellow French Canadian) for the soon to be released book entitled ANCIENT WHISPERS.
I noted some funny comments, along with some touching moments. The messages that the authors relayed were clear. Simply, that you may become a successful writer at any point in your life. Getting refusal letters for a story you are trying to get published doesn’t mean it’s time to stop writing. Aspiring authors should forge ahead and continue writing.