Yesterday MrCaptKirk and I attended "Meet Seven Urban Fantasy Authors" at our local indie bookstore, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia. (If you are ever in the area, I recommend checking out this little shop. The owner, Janet, and all her employees are super nice and knowledgeable.)
I honestly almost forgot about this event until the morning of and last minute we decided to go. I am so happy we made the trek to town, it was totally worth it! I mean seven, that's 7, authors in one event?! Yes, please. Also, I'm always super stoked to meet and support local, homegrown Georgia authors so this was a perfect event for such.
Love this place! Avid Bookshop, Athens, Georgia.
The 7 author line up!
Authors and their books from left to right:
Kalayna Price -- the Alex Craft novels,
Rachel Aaron -- the Eli Monpress fantasy series ,
Jenn Bennett -- the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series ,
Alex Hughes -- Clean,
Delilah S. Dawson -- Wicked as They Come,
Janice Hardy -- The Healing Wars middle grade series,
James R. Tuck -- the Deacon Chalk urban fantasy series.
The evening started with the authors introducing themselves and then read excerpts from their respective novels. (Of course this lead to us buy more books than we planned. :-)
Then there was a q & a/discussion time. All of the authors in attendance had some very interesting insights to the publishing industry.
Two bits of advice and encouragement from the authors that really stuck out to me:
1. Every writer is a unicorn and every writer is also normal. (Meaning there is no one "typical" way of getting published, each author's journey is different but also the same.)
2. Life is too short to read bad books. (I felt like this released me from some level of guilt I carry for not finishing books I start but just don't/can't finish.)
So the Mr and I had ourselves a nice night out, not too far from home. I really appreciate what Avid brings to the community and hope to attend more events there soon!
Are there any events near you that you're looking forward to or recently attended? This can be book related or otherwise. I want to hear about them in the comments below!
Have a FABULOUS week y'all!