I don’t do many conferences/conventions during the winter, but come spring – bam – here they come. I recently returned from Wild Deadwood Reads in Deadwood, South Dakota where readers and authors from the United States and Canada meet for a destination event. A friend and I drove from Wisconsin taking in tourist spots along the way. Once in Deadwood, we enjoyed the historical ambiance of the area, went to a Pro Bull Riding rodeo, ate way too much good food, along with local wine, and enjoyed meeting new people. It was a great way to meet new readers and author while having fun. I also talked to several authors about being on my radio show, “Your Book Garden.”
On June 30th, I was at Rosedale Mall in Rosedale, Minnesota for a book event. It was a hot, hot, hot, humid day. Being inside where there was air conditioning was a blessing. Again, I met authors new to me and interacted with readers looking for new reading material.
In a week, I’ll be heading to Denver, Colorado, for the Romance Writers of America convention. Once again, I’ll be driving, this time with a writer friend. It has been many, many years since I attended an RWA conference. Since my last one, I’ve become a published author and made friends with wonderful writers and authors, many of whom will be in attendance. I know those of us Soul Mate Authors in attendance will be getting together several times. This will be a wonderful way to finally meet in person, friends I’ve only known on Facebook. I’m looking forward to lots of hugs and laughter.
I have to remember the convention is more than meeting up with other authors. There will be workshops, luncheons, speakers, and way more events than I’ll have time to attend. I’m also planning on interviewing authors for future radio shows. Taping interviews is something I’ve never done, so it’ll be interesting to see how this works.
In August, I’ll be attending the Writers’ Police Academy at the police academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin. At least I won’t have to drive so far this time. This is a great way for writers to learn about what police officers, firemen, crime scene investigators, and other law enforcement do and how they do it. This gives us a better understanding and helps make our writing realistic. By the end of the four days, I was thoroughly exhausted, but excited to put my new knowledge into my mysteries. From learning to shoot an AR15 to how to stop a speeding car, to how to read blood spatter, our time was filled from morning to late into the night. This is the WPA’s tenth anniversary, and they’ve promised some exciting things for us. I even got to meet Craig Johnson (Longmire author) who was our humorous dinner keynote speaker.
I have some smaller events in the fall – book signings, workshops, and craft shows. I always have fun at all the events – big and small. I hope I get to see some of you at them.
Tina Susedik has been writing for Soul Mate Publishing since 2013, when her first book, “Riding for Love,” was published. Since then she has three books and three short stories in anthologies with them. Tina lives in northwestern Wisconsin with her husband of 45 years. She can be found at:
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