Living the #authorlife is really awesome. Seriously, best job ever! I get to dream up swoon-worthy HEAs, look for “inspiration” on Pinterest and work in my comfy clothes. One of the other great things about being an author is the variety of things we get to do for work. Sure, there are MANY days where it’s #hermitlife and I’m all about the words, working quietly at my computer for hours on end. But we authors do love to get out and about as well!
For example, earlier this month I attended the Lori Foster Reader Author Get Together with Entangled Publishing. This event is three days of non-stop fun, prizes, games and hanging out with bookish friends. Here are some of the fun things I got to do at the event and call it work:
1. Playing games: In the Entangled boardroom we played a fun and frantic game called Tenzi, which involves rolling a handful of dice to achieve a desired collection of numbers. To make this even more interesting, we had to do other things at the same time such as making banyard animal noises or singing songs (thank you to the person who made me have Baby Shark stuck in my head all weekend!!)
2. Book signings: Always one of my favourite parts of any reader event, because seeing the book in your hand makes ALL the days I spent wondering where the heck my story was going totally worth it. It brings everything full circle, ya know?
3. Coffee and chats: There’s nothing better than chatting to people while lining up to get coffee, not to mention catching up with author friends that I only get to see once or twice a year if I’m lucky. Even in a busy event, I like to take time out to have a one-on-one conversation with someone.
4. Bingo! On the last night at RAGT there’s a big bingo game. Fun fact: until last year I had NEVER played bingo before. Shocking, I know. A lovely reader friend took me under her wing and taught me how to play and we had so much fun. This year I came prepared…and still lost every single round!
I had the most AMAZING time. If you were one of the lovely readers who came to the Entangled boardroom to hang out with me and the other authors, thank you!! I hope you had as much fun as I did.
Pick up How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London today!
Sophia Andreou has always been the “good daughter” who tried to keep her domineering father happy. She followed the rules and did everything that was asked of her. But this time, her father is asking too much. The family company is crumbling, and her father has arranged a marriage to a Greek billionaire who can save their property business. What?! Umm no thank you. If Cinderella can dress up to win a prince, surely Sophia can do the opposite and ditch hers…
Dion Kourakis has come a long way from being an orphan with only a single friend to his name. Now he runs a billion-dollar investment company and has the respect of everyone in Europe. His charming personality covers a lot of emotional scars, including his desire to make his mentor proud. Dion doesn’t exactly want a bride to go along with his next business deal, and he plans on letting the lass down gently when they meet…
Only, his future bride has turned out to be nothing like what he thought she’d be. She’s quirky and has a habit of turning up to social events in strange outfits. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what she’s up to, but the harder she tries to convince him she’d be an awful wife, the more he wants to convince her they’d be perfect together.
Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night. Now she lives in Melbourne with her very own hero and enough books to sink a ship. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. At night she writes sexy, contemporary romance stories and tries not to spend too much time shopping online and watching baby animal videos on YouTube.