Today I welcome back the fabulous Tawny Weber!
She has written a wonderful guest blog paying homage to us fan-girls.
An Ode to Fan-Girls
One of the most amazing things about being a writer is to connect with readers.
As a life-long reader (especially of romance) I’ve always admired authors and have a slew of fan-girl faves. I auto buy their books, I read their interviews and peek at their websites on a regular basis. There are so many authors who write for Blaze right now who I’ve been a fan-girl of since their Temptation days. My original writing goal was to write for Temptation because that’s where so many of my favorite stories came from. Then, when Temptation closed and the authors shifted to Blaze (although really, many were already writing there anyhow) I shifted my dream as well. Not only because, well, ya know, Temptation was closed. But because they were the kind of stories I loved to read, and the kind I wanted to share with others. When the dream came true with Double Dare, I was blown away. And now with Risqué Business out? It’s starting to feel real, but the amazement and fan-girl awe is still high.
For me, meeting authors has always been a fun and exciting thing. I mean, clearly I have this fan-girl thing down pat, right? But when the shoe flipped to the other foot? Wow!!! That was a wild thing. At the conference this summer, I met so many fans. People who read and like my books in the same way I read and like my fan-girl authors’! These ladies are what writing is all about. The fans, the readers. And there are so many levels of fans. The ones who read the books. The ones who read and email or write to share their thoughts. The ones who review and blog about the stories. And then there are the amazing ones –the ones who create entire communities to support the authors.
One of the highlights of my conference this year was getting to meet Jennifer – she’s such a sweetheart and an ode to the romance community with the support and entertainment she offers. This is one of my favorite conference pictures. It was Thursday night: Stacey Kayne, Jennifer, Jennifer’s bunny rabbit, me and Beth Andrews.
So – Jennifer J Thanks!!! You rock
And everyone – tell me about your favorite fan girl moment. It could be meeting an author or actor or anyone you admired, or it could be a fan meeting you. I’d love to hear about it!
Thanks, Tawny…*sniff sniff*…it means a lot to know that what I do is appreciated and I LOVED meeting you. And I will admit I had a few (okay, more than a few) fan-girl moments in San Francisco…I tried to restrain myself though. 😉 It helped that many authors, such as Tawny, were so nice that I easily forgot that I was sitting with some of my fave authors. Of course, a couple of times I remembered that and had to restrain myself from squeeing aloud in delight…or crying from joy (that would have been embarrassing). I did have a few mental squee and “Omigosh” moments though.
Readers, don’t forget to look for Tawny’s latest release Risqué Business. And visit her site at: http://www.tawnyweber.com/
And like Tawny, I’d love to hear some fan girl moments if you have them.