World Fantasy Convention ~ Day 1

So had a brilliant start to the World Fantasy Convention today! It started with the sudden realisation that it was Hallowe’en and that I needed a sophisticated outfit which could double as a costume for my favourite holiday. Therefore it seemed only fitting that I went as a Hufflepuff…

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I met some absolutely lovely people, including the wonderful Nancy Holder who wrote some of my favourite ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ books and one of my favourite authors Sue Moorcroft. The panels I attended were so much fun and it was so great to hear from authors who are so passionate about fantasy, and to hear that fantasy is still very much a popular choice with readers.

I think the best thing so far in this convention is meeting the other readers and writers who really understand your passion for the genre. I have many a time been called a nerd by my friends due to my love for the magical worlds that you can escape to when you read a fantasy novel. I met the lovely Daphne M.E. Vanleene (twitter: @laurelleaves), another young aspiring author whose work sounds absolutely amazing, so give her a shout on Twitter!

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And that was only Day 1, and my iPad is already deciding that it doesn’t like wordpress so these blog posts will have to be cut short until I return home to my laptop. Tomorrow is an even longer day. Starting at 10am and finishing near Midnight…that’s going to be tough. Time for an early night I think. Catch you all tomorrow!

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World Fantasy Convention ~ Day 0

Well, today has been a bit of a hectic adventure. After both cars broke down, I ended up getting the train to Brighton to meet my celestial sister and fellow writer K.R. Green so we could head to The Fantasy Convention. That in itself wasn’t as much a problem as arriving at the Early Arrivals Reception with a suitcase, rucksack and leaving with a nice collection of free books that any bookworm would drool over, and proceeding to carry the whole lot back up to Brighton Train Station.

Needless to say I was pretty exhausted…

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But all the free books was totally worth the beetroot red face and screaming back that I sported when finally collapsing onto the floor of my friend’s flat. I mean, just look at the prettiness of these books!

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Umm….but may have a problem getting them all home…

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And this is only Day 0! Tomorrow is when the real action starts.

So, anyone else going to the Fantasy Convention this weekend? It was announced a couple of hours ago that the new Master of Ceremonies is the amazing Neil Gaiman who wrote Stardust. As well as that there are some great talks scheduled and some of my favourite authors are attending.

I’m super excited for tomorrow and can’t wait for these talks!

2 – 3 PM – Genre Fiction in Romance (Hall 4)

3 – 4 PM – Writing Historical Fantasy (Oxford Suite)

4 – 5 PM – Foxed, Slightly Bumped… (Hall 4)

5 – 6 PM – Genre Poetry (Cambridge)

Get in touch if you are going to the convention and want to meet. This is my first convention so I’m both excited and a little nervous!