It’s Independence day in the U.S. so YAY! Time to be thankful for all our blessings in this great country!
It’s also the first time I’ve had a chance to slow down and share the awesomeness that was UtopYA con in Nashville. It was last week and was super fun!
Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of pictures because I suck at remembering to take pictures.
I shared a table with Heather London, a fellow YA and NA author. We’ve been corresponding for a year, but this was the first time we met. Our flights landed at the same time in Nashville and she was kind enough to let me catch a ride to the event/hotel in her rental. You’d think it would be awkward because we’d never met, but it totally wasn’t because Heather is possibly the nicest and coolest person I’ve ever met.
At any rate, we rushed to the venue to set up our table. Here’s what it looked like when we were done:
UtopYA Con table
Here’s me posing in front of our banner. I posed at such a precise angle that I look twenty pounds heavier, but whatevs.
The next two days were a flurry of panels, book sales, meeting readers and mixing with other authors and bloggers. It was totally awesome and fun.
I had some mega fan-girl moments. I saw Samantha Young and just about passed out. I was totally ready to fan-girl all over her and gush about her books because I’ve pretty much read every one!
I also met Jessica Sorensen (!!!!!) who is a bad-ass super awesome author that I totally admire (and who is totally nice and down-to-earth in person). Heather and I managed to squeeze in a pic.
It was fun. I left loaded with new friends, knowledge, and tons of books and swag. If I’d had the opportunity to experience something like this before RUA was published, life would have been so much easier! This conference is a great opportunity that cannot be missed for potential and experienced authors.
At any rate, here’s the link to next year’s UtopYA Con. Start planning now!