An Introvert Author’s Version of a Wild Party…RT Con, Part 2

And here we are!!! I promised I’d share my experience at the Romantic Times Convention, but as long-winded as I am we’ve had to move to Part Deux! You’ll forgive me, won’t you???

I believe we’ve made it to Thursday, which ended up being my busiest day! I had a breakfast with some of my fellow Harlequin category authors hosted by the gracious Patience Bloom and Diane Moggy. I got to see some authors I’d met before and meet some new ones, including sitting across from the totally cool Helen Kay Dimon.

I think the thing that struck me about the conversations around this table is how smart and savvy these women are – about business, about books and story, and about readers (because we are all readers, right?). I could have listened all day, but we had to get downstairs to the Harlequin author signing!

There’s nothing like turning that corner and seeing hundreds of readers in line to receive books! They got a free Harlequin tote bag, signed books, and breakfast smoothies! I met so many wonderful readers, as I did at all of my events. And got to share a table with a totally cool, fellow Harlequin Desire author Karen Booth.

Harlequin Desire, Karen Booth, Dani Wade, RT2017

Harlequin Desire, Dani Wade, RT2017
So – as an auburn-haired woman, I’ll admit I avoid wearing red like the plague! There are very few people I would wear it for, but one of these people is Angel Payne! She invited me to join her First Base with an Author event and I let her talk me into wearing this:

Dani Wade, Ella Sheridan, Angel Payne, Dorothy Shaw, RT2017

This was like speed dating 10 people at once. As a set of two others, we went to each table and talked to readers there for a (very) brief five minutes. My partner in crime here was super sexy author Dorothy Shaw. Honestly I was scared to goodness of making a fool of myself, but the readers were wonderfully friendly and we ended up having lots of fun.

Friday morning I got to attend a fun Harlequin series event called Harlequin Confessions, where we played a little game of Have You Ever or Have You Never where our table answered questions about various scenarios like “have you ever skinny-dipped?? Or “have you ever met a celebrity?”. Let’s just say we got to know a lot about each other! LOL. We also got to give away free books and lots of fun prizes.
That night Ella and I got to have dinner with Sandra Owens and talk lots of shop with her and a budding author friend. Sandra’s books are awesome! I swear, if we had not been surrounded by authors and readers, we might have gotten in trouble for brainstorming how to force a hero to care for a baby!
We finished up on Saturday with the big book signing call the Giant Book Fair. I had so much fun reconnecting with the readers and talking to the authors near me.

RT Giant Bookfair, Dani Wade

I was super impressed with young adult author Sarah Dessen. My daughter asked for one of her books while I was there and she was signing. When I went over before the signing to get a book for Book Worm, and found out that Sarah’s books hadn’t come in. She was graciously signing the few advanced reader copies she had with her. As we talked, I was super impressed with her sense of humor as she faced what could be an author’s worst nightmare. She had hundreds of YA readers who would be expecting to get her books and she wouldn’t have any, through no fault of her own. And she said she wished she had brought her balloon animal making kit. Then she could send everyone home with a balloon animal. LOL I was quite impressed with her humor and graciousness.
Ella and I headed home that evening, driving in the dark and super exhausted but in a very good way. It’s always fun to drive along and sing to each other, talk about what we’ve learned and what we enjoyed. And no matter how tired you are after being on the go for five days straight and not sleeping well in your hotel room, there’s always the satisfaction of knowing that you connected with other people who totally get your love of the written word and the Happily Ever After that comes with every romance story.

Until next time…Enjoy!

Dani

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An Introvert Author’s Version of a Wild Party…RT Con, Part 1

My recent trip to Atlanta to attend the Romantic Times Reader Convention was a weeklong experience of connecting with other authors, new-to-me readers, and dear, dear friends. I tried to share parts of the experience on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d take the time to go a little more in depth so you could follow the fun.

My traveling buddy, Ella Sheridan and I, drove in since we live close enough to Atlanta to make it feasible and be able to carry a ton more promo because we didn’t have to worry about luggage weight! That evening we got to have dinner with the lovely Angel Payne, Victoria Blue, and Shannon Hunt. These ladies are fabulous and you must, must read the Secrets of Stone series by Angel and Victoria.

Secrets of Stone, Angel Payne, Victoria Blue, Contemporary Romance

Who should drop by dinner but Golden Czermack A.K.A. The Furious Fotog. In addition to being a wonderful photographer, he’s also a model and author. So cool to meet him in person!
The next morning I got to play some rousing games of trope bingo with a lively group of readers. This is where hostess Kimberly Lang called out classic romance tribes like secret baby, cowboys, and women in peril. So much fun discussing what everyone loved and hated in their romance reads.

workshop giveaways, Ella Sheridan, Dani Wade
Our Giveaways for our Workshop

Ellen Sheridan and I were privileged to be able to share all the things we’ve learned about marketing our books over the last few years (and are still learning) with a very full room at RT in the workshop called Advertising on a Budget. We were both very nervous, especially when staring out at a packed house, but our audience was great. There were lots of interesting questions and discussion and I had several people come up to me later to remark on how helpful it was! So I’m glad we overcame our fears to be able to share what we’ve learned.

Ella Sheridan, Dani Wade, RT17

Over dinner that night I was able to meet a new to me author, Jean Shoup. Authors can’t get together without talking shop! But one cool new thing Jean is doing is a podcast about how the spiritual realms touch our day-to-day lives. You can find out more at www.realmspod.com.

This excites me because I listen to podcasts to get me through my day job and I love spooky stories! I’ve already downloaded the first one. I can’t wait to listen.

Wednesday night Ella and I dressed up in our best 50s impression and attended the Rockabilly Street Festival! There was retro food like hot dogs and Frito pie, carnival games with book theme is an author signing books. But the best part was the band!

Rockabilly Street Festival, RT2017, Romantic Times Convention, Dani Wade

rockabilly street festival, Romantic Times Readers Convention

Rockabilly Street Festival, RT2017, Dani Wade, Ella Sheridan

Rockabilly Street Festival, rockabilly band, Romantic Times Readers Convention
This is getting pretty long, so I’ll have more next week…stay tuned for RT Convention, Part Deux!  😊

Until then…enjoy!

Dani

A Year of Change

The only person you are destined to become is the person you

decide to be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This summer, I turned 42, so I guess I was due for my midlife crisis.

Not that the dissatisfaction is new, but for some reason my birthday brought it to the forefront for me. My life is in utter chaos, overcrowded and exhausting. I looked around at the hundreds of things wanting my attention and thought – I simply don’t want to be here.

That’s sad. I mean, I have a loving husband, two great kids, a nice house, a steady day job, and I get to write too? What’s wrong with that?

All the “other” stuff that went along with the good things and my own perfectionism that has pressured me into rushing and pushing myself – now the well of my soul is bone dry.

Butterfly, romance author, creativity, refilling the well
Since I’m not the type to run away with the circus…or Channing Tatum… I decided to take the bull by the horns and actually carve a life out of my existence instead of letting it run me into the ground. I know this isn’t going to happen immediately…it’s a process that will happen over time and with deliberate action.

Why am I sharing this on the World Wide Web?

~Well, this is my page and I choose to be authentic here rather than putting on a fake, happy face.

~As an author, I process things by writing about them. I try to write morning pages (see Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way), but I also like sharing what I learn. Maybe I can help someone else along the way.

~But also, it will mean some changes around here. I’ll only be blogging once a month, putting out a newsletter quarterly and probably producing fewer Indie books. That doesn’t mean I’m not around—just check out my Facebook page to realize I’m still hanging out—but I want you to know the WHY. Authors aren’t superhumans—I’m not Supermom, Wife Extraordinaire, and I can’t juggle a million things successfully. I’m just me.

I’m working on a lot of changes and I hope to share some of the inside I gain with each of you. Thanks for your support and continuing to hang around.

Dani

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What I’m Reading This Month

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, Creativity, Reading, Book Lover

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve listened to the podcasts associated with this book on iTunes and started following Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook. I find her posts deep and insightful and hope this book will encourage my creative live. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Recommended for creative types!

What I’m Working on This Month

quill, writing, romance author

Edits for the first Kentucky book— now titled REINING IN THE BILLIONAIRE—will arrive any day now.

I just finished a proposal for Kentucky Book 2! Woot!

Until edits arrive, I’m playing with the fun novella that I hope to release some day as a group of 4. They’re set in Savannah – one of my favorite places. You can see my inspiration on my Savannah Pinterest board and my #SaucySaturday post today over on the NGWN blog about Savannah as a sexy setting. And yes, this is a step in having and enjoying my life. My life will always include writing, but I need some writing that doesn’t have a ton of pressure. That’s why this one is for “fun” and has no deadline.  🙂 I’ll keep y’all updated.

Pinterest: Yay or Nay?

I adore pictures. Sometimes I love them more than words, because they inspire a multitude of stories and ideas in my writer’s brain.

I resisted joining Pinterest for a long time. First there was the whole legal, copyright issues. Then I convince myself that I didn’t need the time suck (I knew what to temptation it would be, from the beginning.)

Pinterest, author fun, pictures

Then I saw one of my author friends, Andrea Laurence’s, Pinterest boards for her books. She creates them the same way I do bulletin boards for my stories – and even better, the links can be submitted to my publisher with my art fact sheet for help with cover creation and ad copy.

So I created my Dani Wade account, and I found it both fun and inspiring. Contrary to my earlier worries, I don’t spend a huge amount of time there (because I simply don’t have it to spend) but when I’m plotting or looking for inspiration, I’ll create new boards and have a flurry of new pins.

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It’s fun. Sometimes, in the pressure to perform as an author, it’s a relief to have something that’s fun and relieves stress, rather than creating stress.

Same with the rest of life, huh? So what about you? Yay or Nay? Are you a visual person? What media inspires your thoughts and fantasies?

Enjoy!

Dani

Thankfulness, Part 2

I know Thanksgiving was last week, but when I thought about what was going on in my life that I could blog about, the past week brought only one thing to mind: how thankful I am.

Last week, my hubby was admitted to the hospital for complications from his Crohn’s disease. It was the worst episode he’d had, and quite scary for me to watch. My hubby is the strong one.  🙂 He bounced back pretty quickly, and that is a blessing. We still have a surgery to go through in December, but for now I’m so blessed to have him safe and without pain.

We are also blessed to have friends and family who prayed for us during this time, lent helping hands at our house and with our children, and simply served to advise us as we traversed the confusion of multiple doctors. Many who reached out to offer support and check in on us.

Another gratitude point: A Piece of Pecan Pie from my sister, Ella Sheridan
Another gratitude point: A Piece of Pecan Pie from my sister, Ella Sheridan

So I have more than ever to be thankful for, for the holiday and beyond.

Dani

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

 

How many of my readers are planning a day filled with food, fun, and family? I know I am, plus a nap in there somewhere too!

Where you are in the world, I hope you know I’m grateful for each and every one of you~whether you’re an author who has joined me on this incredible creative journey, or a reader who enjoys and supports my work~I’m so glad to have you as a part of my life.

i just received some news that I’m also happy about~Awesome Editor says the title of Mill Town Millionaire 3 will the THE RENEGADE’S RETURN, and it will release in July of 2016! So if you’ve been waiting for news on this series (as I have), we’re finally getting somewhere. Book 4, featuring Zachary Gatlin, is in the works now, and the proposal has been accepted. Fingers crossed I can get his book right the first time!

I hope you have many things to celebrate today, and that sometime in the midst of all the calories and chaos, you get to sneak off to a quiet corner and enjoy a hot drink and even hotter book!

Happy Thanksgiving! Dani

Thursday Take Two: The Author Biz

Recently my sister, Ella Sheridan, turned me on to a podcast featuring authors from all kinds of genres, talking about all kinds of things: what they’re processes are, their thoughts on promotion and author outreach, what they are doing to build their author business.

the author biz, podcast, stephen campbell, author help

This podcast is called The Author Biz and is created by author Stephen Campbell, who writes mysteries. I’ve always been fascinated by the way other authors write and develop their creative processes. In this podcast I get to hear about all kinds of authors–non-fiction, horror, mystery and suspense, romance, cozy mysteries, sci-fi, and more.

And I also learn about what things are working for them in the business side of things, what isn’t working, and how they approach their interactions with readers. And its all done in an entertaining way! Campbell asks interesting questions and simply interacts naturally with his fellow authors, unlike a stiff business interview.

(I’ll let you in on my secret: This is one of the things getting me through the day job these days…)

I hope you’ll check out both the podcast and Campbell’s website! You can also subscribe to the podcast through iTunes.

Enjoy!

Dani