1. From all the amazing events, what was the one thing that surprised you most about attending GRL?
Honestly I had no preconceived notions or expectations before I went last year. I was just excited to be going and was totally planning on stalking... I mean, MEETING... a few of my favorite authors: Stormy Glenn, Ethan Day, Heidi Cullinan, Carol Lynne, Stephani Hecht, Gabrielle Evans, TA Chase, William Neale and Amber Kell to name a few. I think the Gentlemen's Juke Joint was all kinds of craziness, excitement, sexiness and fun all rolled into one. I think that would be THE event that plays on repeat in my mind from last year.
2. I HATE flying, but since I’m going to be coming from Michigan I have to. YIKES! Where will you be traveling from and who will you be bringing with you? Do you like to travel?
Michigan? You're not too far from me!
I grew up a military brat so travelling and planes are ingrained in my DNA. When I enlisted in the Army I traveled from Florida to South Carolina and had a huge smile on my face the whole time. I've lived on the East coast, the West Coast, in the South... now I just need to aim for the Midwest. Wonder who I know out there...
I will be travelling from Buffalo, New York this year and will be coming with fellow author Cherie Noel. I was going to bring my harem with me, but plane tickets are so expensive.
3. What was your favorite part of GRL last year?
The friendships that were forged, the camaraderie between authors and readers, the fact that we were celebrating the entire GLBTQ community, regardless of the content of the books there, leaving with a family that I didn't have when I showed up. Those were all great things. But if we're talking events... it's a toss-up between The Gentlemen's Juke Joint, the Bar Crawl with Stormy Glenn, Gabrielle Evans and Joyee Flynn and listening to Ethan Day, ZA Maxfield and Damon Suede read from their books. That was enjoyable and fun. You haven't lived until you've listened to them reading the words that you enjoy reading.
4. If you learned one thing from the event, what would it be?
The whole weekend I learned to have fun with what you do because when you're doing a reading it shines through. If you're having fun with readers and your fellow authors, understanding that we're all family and on the same page, all of us supporting each other, then others can see that. It draws people to you. It draws readers who will always stick with you, authors who will support you, publishers who want to publish you and for those on the outside looking in, that REALNESS, that sense of community can change the world.
Now that I've inserted my little lesson. LOL. I would definitely say that to sum all that up, if you work together with those around you, in the same field as you, the people working toward the same goal as you, then you will achieve more than you ever thought possible.
5. What advice can you give those who will be attending GRL for the first time?
Be ready to have fun, get sleep before you come and set aside some time to sleep when you get back because while you're there, you're going to meet people that you want to stay up talking to until 2am.
And leave space in your luggage for swag and the books you're going to buy! I luckily had been visiting a bio family member for the week before GRL so I'd already had two suitcases and a backpack when I showed up, and still I left with two bags full of swag and books. So. Leave. Space. LOL.
6. Is there anything you didn’t do at GRL last year that you wish you would have? Anything you would have done differently?
I missed going to the Haunted Walks and from the stories I heard I wish I could have made them, other than that The Vic was everywhere it seemed. LOL. I wouldn't have done anything differently. I got to meet awesome people, got adopted by awesome people, got to have amazing conversations with authors like William Neale, Bryl R Tyne, DC Juris, MJ O'Shea, Piper Vaughn, Carol Lynne, Damon Suede, TA Chase, and Stephani Hecht. Last year was so amazing for me, I really wouldn't change a thing.
7. I heard the Gentleman’s party was a riot! Did you attend? Did those sexy boys make you blush?
It WAS a riot! I sure did attend, even though my driver got me lost and I walked into the wrong bar at first. -slaps forehead- but once I got there it was so much fun.
It would take a lot to make this former Army soldier, Southern gentleman from Polk County, Florida blush, so no. No one made me blush, I know for a fact that I made a few of those sexy boys blush though. Now that I'm thinking of it, I promised one of them I'd be back to get him this year. I should really do that...
8. What was interacting with the readers and other authors like?
It was eye-opening. For me as a reader, the realization that I am not Stormy Glenn's biggest fan was a little daunting-yes there are people who know her books better than I do-but listening to other readers talk about how different books got them through bad patches was heart warming. Being able to tell Carol Lynne that her book "Hawk's Landing", along with LA Witt's book "Static", changed and saved my life, was one of the greatest moments of my young life. Being able to sit around and discuss books, characters, form, structure, plots, villains and who has written the hottest sex scene to date with not just readers but with other authors-we never did decide on a winner-that's definitely something that makes GRL so special and memorable.
9. They say what happens at GRL stays at GRL, any naughty stories you would like to share?
-Clears throat and looks around cautiously-I heard there was some scandalous goings on with a few of the go-go boys. Something about somebody licking something... LOL. That's all I'm saying.
10. And because I’m just naughty that way, I’ve always wondered what men wear under their kilts. Did you personally find out what Damon Suede wears under his?
No I did not personally find out what Damon wears underneath his kilt, there's just something wrong about that to me. LOL. But I did hear someone say "if you wear underwear underneath that makes it a skirt..."
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