I had the pleasure of attending the Olde City, New Blood Conference in St. Augustine on February 8-10, 2013. It was a weekend of many firsts: my first reader-oriented conference, my first conference as a published author, and my first time to St. Augustine. So I alternated being a drooling fan-girl to awesome authors like Cynthia Eden and Caridad Piñeiro, meeting with some amazing readers and bloggers, and being an awestruck tourist.
The conference took place in a hotel located on beautiful St. Augustine Beach (the picture on the left is of some pretty cool kites floating from the pier right next to the hotel; below is my only shot of the hotel—> author fail, lol). The temperature ranged from low 70s during the day to low 50s at night, which was enough for more than one tourist to bare almost all on the beach. But for this South Florida girl, it was a tad bit chilly, so other than a brief stop on my way out of town, I stayed off the beach.
On Saturday, I did a fun meet and greet event by the hotel pool with two other authors: Laura Kaye and Hildie McQueen. Hildie was awesome enough to bring zydeco music…and piña coladas! The pics below illustrate just how much fun it was:
I also got to attend some of the panels. My favorite was Sunday’s ‘Authors In The Audience’ panel, where a large group of authors turned the tables on the audience by asking them questions! A close second was Saturday’s ‘Shifters: Where The Weres Are’ panel, in which the authors discussed the types of shapeshifters they wrote (love me some shifters).
Oh, and let’s not forget the charity book signing on Sunday. So many authors in one spot…drool!
Besides all the fun conference activities, I took some time to tour the gorgeous sites of Old St. Augustine (some pics below). For anyone who has never been there, I certainly recommend it. What a thrill standing inside buildings that were over 400-years-old! We don’t have too many of those here in Florida. 🙂
So, to sum up, I had a blast, I am now a hugely freakish fan of St. Augustine and of all the amazing people I met, and I absolutely cannot wait to go back! Thanks to Jennifer Morris for putting this together, and I hope to see you all next year!