First some really good news — FORGIVEN and FORETOLD (Demon Trapper’s #2 & 4) are DOUBLE finalists for the National Reader’s Choice Award in the YA category (courtesy of the Oklahoma Romance Writers). I *really* want to win this award it’s a plaque, but it’s called “the tombstone” because it looks like one. What would be more appropriate for the Demon Trappers series? I’ll find out in the results in July. I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop.
The last couple of weeks have
found me on the road more than home. Beginning with 221B Con (a brand new Sherlock Holmes convention) and ending with JordanCon, a fifth year convention honoring Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time).
Impressions? 221B was a *great* first year con. The content was interesting, the people knowledgeable and there was impressive attendance. A nice, relaxing weekend away from the keyboard. Sharing a panel on Victorian Times with Louis Robinson and Austin Sirkin is always a joy.
The following weekend I headed over to JordanCon, which was also a Deep South Con this year which meant even greater attendance. I’d not been at this convention last year and was promptly welcomed back with very open arms. I did all sorts of panels with all sorts of fun folks (John Hartness, James R. Tuck, Delilah S. Dawson, Emilie P. Bush, Eugie Foster, Brandon Sanderson, Alex Hughes, Deb Dixon and Anthony Taylor ).
And I began a new trend: Couch Con. Since I wasn’t staying at the con hotel, I parked myself on one of the chairs in the lobby to unwind between panels. One of the aspiring writers came over and began to chat, then another and another. Between the gents and their girlfriends, I had this half-circle of folks sitting around on the floor me while we talked about writing, marketing, publishing, you name it (for 2 HOURS). So if Couch Cons become the next big thing, I was an early adopter.
To keep my wee green demon company, Amy (of Darkness) and Charles from Chattanooga brought me a companion demon who has stripey legs and three horns. He is SO cute. (Click on the pix to get a better look). Yes, that’s me IN THE PHOTO which is way dumb. I and should know better than to shoot into a mirror. Sigh…
So after two weekends on the road, I’m ready to hunker down and get some work done. Thanks to all who stopped to talk to me, ask how I was doing and to chat with me about my books.
You guys are awesome.
Jana is an international & multi-award winning author in several genres including young adult, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.