This is a weekend I look forward to all year. The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is this Saturday and the writer’s conference is on Friday – so you know I’ll be in my happy place both days. If you ever have the opportunity to attend this event, take it – it’s also free. Friday morning and afternoon I’ll be attending classes on suspense in fiction, bones of a story, chapter 1 do’s and don’ts, and revisions. On Saturday, I get to listen to some wonderful authors from all different genres – YA contemporary, paranormal, fantasy/sci-fi, mystery, literary, contemporary fiction, etc – talk about their craft. During the downtime on both of these days, I’ll be able to meet these authors, buy some books (yeah!), learn more about the publishing industry, and hopefully make some connections. You can find out more about the book fest at http://www.sokybookfest.org/
I haven’t mentioned music in my blog before (other than the fact that I can’t tolerate country music), but last week I came across a band that put on an amazing show. I’m not saying I was crazy about all their songs (some I loved), but they completely owned the stage – and they were the opener. Their name is Churchill and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will soon because they’re on the way up and definitely a band to watch. You can find out more about them at http://churchilltheband.com/
Lastly, it wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t recommend a book. If you’re a fan of supernatural mysteries, Amanda Stevens has a Graveyard Queen series you’d enjoy – The Restorer, The Kingdom, and The Prophet. Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. If you’ve heard of this profession before, you get out more than I do – this was my first time. But it definitely makes for a good read. Every book has a new mystery, but there is also an ongoing story with a detective in Charleston, SC. After living in upstate SC for 18 years, I really enjoy the setting of these books.
Enjoy your weekend – I know I will!