by Maggie Sefton
Yes, it's that time again. Time to travel to conferences--to meet readers and talk about new releases and other upcoming books. This trip will be longer than usual--11 days--because I'm doing two conferences back-to-back. . .well, almost. There will be a 2-day break before the 2nd conference starts. I fly off on Thursday, July 11th and will return Sunday, July 21st.
First stop, New York City, where I'll be attending ThrillerFest, at the New York Hilton at Grand Central. I'll be on a panel and will mostly talk about the first in my Molly Malone Suspense trilogy, DEADLY POLITICS, which came out last August. This August, the 2nd in the trilogy will be out, POISONED POLITICS. The books are set in my old hometown, Washington, DC, where I grew up watching Washington politicians. Believe me, they bear watching. There's no real persons portrayed in the books, but there's no way a novelist can exaggerate. We've got the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Washington politics. Really.
Next stop will be Atlanta, Georgia, where I'll attend the huge RWA conference at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. This is a longer conference, 5 days, so I usually get a roommate or in this case two roommates to keep expensive hotel rates reasonable. It's a GREAT conference, because there are TONS of readers attending. And these readers are voracious, trust me. They read romance, sic fi, fantasy, mystery, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, every genre and sub-genre. So, it's paradise for a writer to be surrounded by all those readers. You readers are the reason we writers write.
I'll be signing books at the huge Literacy Book Signing and the Berkley book signing. At this conference, I'll be talking about the latest Kelly Flynn mystery, CLOSE KNIT KILLER, as well as the Molly Malone Political Suspense, DEADLY POLITICS and POISONED POLITICS. I'll even have postcards there for my E-book release of my earlier Historical Romance, ABILENE GAMBLER, set in 1871 in the rough cowtown of Abilene, Kansas. There's a Confederate widow, a former Union officer, a cowardly deputy sheriff, several nasty villains, and lots of other colorful characters.
If anyone lives near either conference location and would like to meet at the hotels for coffee, lunch or whatever. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I LOVE to meet readers.