June 19th, 2011

Imma be

I am a famously reclusive author without the famous part. But in the next few weeks I will be out and about, and you can come see me in person! Yes, you too can have an awkward conversation with me, and I will probably have spilled something on my shirt during the course of the day. In fact, that is probably the only thing I will be able to think of to say to you if conversation wanes. I am just warning you ahead of time. You can take a picture of us together and post it to your Facebook page, and I will look extremely shiny. You can even ask me to sign copies of my books for you, and I will try very hard not to misspell your name or my own. Sound like an offer you can't refuse? Here's where I will be:

Next Saturday, June 25, I will be one of the speakers at the Southern Magic meeting at the Homewood Public Library in Birmingham. Southern Magic is my local chapter of Romance Writers of America, and we are hosting a YA writers' panel consisting of moi, R. A. Nelson (who lives in Madison, near Huntsville), Rachel Hawkins (who lives in Auburn), Chandra Sparks Taylor (who lives here in Birmingham), and Rosemary Clement-Moore (who lives in Texas but hangs out in Alabama a lot and wrote a wonderful novel called The Splendor Falls all about us). We're expecting aspiring YA authors but also teen readers. Everyone is welcome, and you can get all the details at Southern Magic's web site here.

On Tuesday, June 28, if you are anywhere in the vicinity of New York City, you have GOT to come to the Literacy Book Signing at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Every year, Romance Writers of America includes this event as the kickoff to their national conference. Every year I am there. And every year I am astonished all over again, because it is a room full of 500 romance authors signing books and romance fans going NUTS. It's so much fun! Publishers donate authors' books to this event. Authors sign them, readers buy them, and all of the proceeds go to literacy charities. No guarantees, because sometimes there are mix-ups in shipping, but I am supposed to be signing ENDLESS SUMMER, FORGET YOU, and LOVE STORY, three weeks before it arrives in stores! This event is open to the public and admission is free. The line to get in will be frighteningly long before the event starts at 5:30, but you won't have to wait long once things get moving. You can find details and the impressive list of authors at RWA's web site here.

Finally, on Friday, July 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., I will be signing and giving away copies of LOVE STORY at the Pocket Book Signing. This event is for RWA conference attendees only and the conference is sold out--but if you will be there, I hope you will come find me! Lots of the big publishers have book signings like this at the conference and give away piles of books. I have been attending the conference since 2005 but it took me a while to figure this out.

And then I will disappear back into my hole, because DOUBLE DATE is due on August 1, SUCH A RUSH is due on September 1, and the outline for THE ROMANTIC DRAMA I HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF YET is due on October 1. So if you are dying to have that talk with me about whatever I have spilled on my shirt, act now while supplies last.