|Author Anna Campbell, reader Carole and author Annie West|
Right from the start one of my favourite things has been hearing from readers. In the early days it was mainly via email or even letter (yes, I have some lovely reader letters and cards I've received since my first book came out). Like everyone else I find there's something exciting about the fact a person, perhaps on the other side of the world, took time out to write me a note and send it through the post or via email. As an aside I have to say that romance readers have great taste in stationery!
|Cathryn Hein and Keziah Hill at a Brisbane booksigning|
|Reader and reviewer, Nas Dean|
These photos are a small selection of the ones I took on the weekend. We had readings from new books, panel discussions, a cocktail party, a formal awards dinner (including a bling off!). We had a huge book signing and shared meals where everywhere you turned there were people passionately discussing books. Wonderful! The place was full of readers and writers (who after all are readers). I met a reader from my own home town - whose job it is to stock the bookshelves in a local store. I met readers I'd only met via the web and others who'd become friends.
|Kristen Higgins, Nalini Singh and Rachel Vincent|
Readers' Conventions don't happen very often so in between I look forward to the occasional reader lunches which are fun and informal. As well, I occasionally attend writers' festivals and library talks. The best part is inevitably getting to chat with other readers. After all, it's the love of reading that drew me into writing and keeps me at it.
Do you ever go to conventions or conferences, or smaller gatherings of people with similar interests? If not a conference maybe it's a coffee morning or a charity or sporting group. What do you look forward to most - going out with a group or staying home?
Annie's latest book is CAPTIVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT, from Harlequin Presents. It includes an extra full length title for free! Romantic Times gave the book a lovely 4 star review. You can read about this intense, sexy romance at her website or use this link to read/buy it.
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