I have to admit I wasn’t that excited to be going to Orlando. I WAS, however, excited to be going to my first GCLS conference. The highlight for me was meeting Karin Kallmaker, KG MacGregor and the other Bella writers.
The conference offered a big selection of readings, panel discussions, presentations on craft and the more casual Coffee Chats where a duo or trio of writers discussed whatever they wished amongst themselves and with the audience.
JM Redmann, the writer of the Micky Knight series and the keynote speaker, gave an address that was rousing and inspiring.
After, I attended the Coffee Chat with Karin Kallmaker, JM Redmann and Missy Good. It was an excellent discussion that touched on many ideas and it was great to get these venerable author’s opinions on very topical matters that are of concern to lesbian writers.
Lori L. Lake’s workshop on the Top Ten Tactics to Improve Your Manuscript Before Submission was useful for published writers and those trying to get their foot in the door alike. Many of her articles on craft and such are posted over at the Just About Write website. I’m reading her Gun Shy now and it’s well-blended mix of romance and police procedural.
The author autograph session on Saturday was fun. I met Chris Paynter and Claire Rooney there. I’ll post some autograph shots soon.
Here I am with Chris Paynter at the awards reception.
This is a great picture from the reception:
Karin and KG both won awards (as did Gerri Hill but she was not present). And Karin received the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Big congratulations to them. After the awards ceremony it was finally time for the dance. For a price you can have the first dance of the evening with your favorite writer and if she happens to be Karin Kallmaker make sure your wallet is full. Bella writer Claire Rooney had the honor:
Thanks to friends and facebook for photos.