So, as you can tell, a few of us Lady Scribes spent part of the last week at the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention. We had a blast! I love spending time with my author friends and meeting new ones. But one of the best parts of RT is meeting readers.
Romance readers are my people. They share my obsessions. They talk about characters as if they real, just like I do. They always have a book they are reading, and usually on their person, in some way. They believe in working hard, playing hard and loving hard. They believe in confronting your demons and in a Happily Ever After. They read a lot of books and they like to talk about them. Let me repeat: My People.
I took part in a couple of really fun events at RT. With Ava Stone, Tammy Falkner, Claudia Dain, Sabrina Jeffries, Kieran Kramer, Vicky Dreiling, Anne Lethbridge and Nicky Pentilla I participated in Lady Lavinia's Bridal Shower, in which we played games to commemorate the nuptials of Lady Lavinia and the Earl of Hawt.
Here's a pic of the tables at the bridal shower, and the crowd.
I also planned and played Regency Feud with Sabrina Jeffries, Claudia Dain, Ava Stone and Tammy Falkner, which was great fun. I don't have pics of that one, but I hope Jane Charles does, because I'd love some!
And I did a panel, sort of a Readers Town Hall Meeting, in which readers got to speak up and tell authors like Cherry Adair, Isabelle Drake, Cindy Holby, Beth Ciotta, Kieran Kramer, Sabrina Jeffries and I what they like in Romance and what they don't. It was a really interesting discussion, frank but not mean, and thought provoking. And I thought that I would bring you the same sort of forum today. (Partly because the authors had brought questions too, but we didn't get to them!)
So, what do you have to say about Romance in general? Things you love? Things you'd change? And here are my questions for you: Do you HAVE to have an epilogue at the end of a story? What makes you pick up a new author? And what do you wish your favorite authors would do more of? Less of?
It's your chance to speak up!