An interesting experience I had in meeting with Authors, especially novelists, is that they wanted to know more about me as a person over what I was writing. I admit that I myself want to know the people behind a book more than the book itself, though I thought I was unique in that.
It is great to find that some of your idiosyncrasies are shared by other successful people and you definitely feel you are in the right place.
One of the few people I remember really well from the con is Leanna Renee Hieber.
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Leanne is an actress and a playwright, on top of being an award-winning bestselling author. She has 10 books to her name a number of collaborative works.
Her Strangely Beautiful saga won numerous awards and became out of print. Don’t worry, Tor/Forge will be doing a reissue in 2015. Her first book of the series, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, was on the Barnes & Noble’s bestseller list, was favorite by 14 book blogs in 2009, won two Prism awards in 2010 for Best Fantasy and Best First Book and the Orange County Book Buyer’s Best Award in the Young Adult category in 2010. On top of that, it is in development as a musical theatre production. And that is just one book.
Reading her biography, which I recommend you do, makes me very envious of her work. But not in a bad way. In an inspirational way. She has achieved a level of writing that I think many of us aspire to.
I would go into greater detail of her career, but I will leave a link at the end for you to do so. I know that any attempt to summarize her career would be a disservice to all that she has accomplished.
It was interesting when I first met her. She at first thought she recognized me. I don’t remember ever meeting her before, but with my condition, that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Perhaps in another life we had met each other, or years prior.
It’s hard to explain, but in chatting with her, it felt like she treated me like someone she had met before. I know that sounds weird, but I felt very relaxed around her. With many of the authors there, I felt nervous around them, and let’s face it, I was a train wreck. With her, I felt on equal footing. Our careers didn’t matter as much as it was just two people talking. I have to say, that was awesome of her.
I don’t remember if I showed her my artwork, but I do recall talking about my blog and my goals with my blog. She told me of an article she had on her site, which was about people starting out as writers. I found it to be such a great article, I post it on my website under Writing Tips.
I saw her again at the Taco Council, which I will discuss in a later post.
I hope I cross paths with her again, I found her quite a delight to chat with.