Summer is unquestionably my favorite time of year for work-related travel.
BECAUSE IT'S CON TIME.
I'm ecstatic and honored to be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego again. This year, I'll be moderating a panel (my first time as a moderator!) about writing paranormal romance. Here's the info:
Friday, July 13
Paranormal Love-Potion: Writing Romance for Non-Human Characters
12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.
From super-hot vampires to seductive Fae and beyond, authors divulge the secrets behind crafting steamy love scenes in their action-packed novels. Whether characters be vampiric, ghostly, faerie, witchy, shape-shifting or angelic, these authors know how to keep the passion sizzling between them. Find out more from the writers themselves, and you'll learn what makes these books red hot! Participants include Tessa Gratton (The Blood Journals), Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade series), Marjorie Liu (The Mortal Bones), Sylvia Day (The Renegade Angels series), Shawntelle Madison (Coveted), Aprilynne Pike (Wings series), and Kelley Armstrong (Thirteen), led by moderator Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door).
So many awesome ladies on this panel! And we'll all be signing books (or your e-reader or your forehead), post-panel.
I'm also giddy to announce that my husband Jarrod is a panelist! You'll find me in the audience, proudly wearing my Ravenclaw pin, at this one:
Sunday, July 15
15 Years Since Philosopher's Stone: Harry Potter Fandom in 2012
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Seven books from J. K. Rowling — or ten, depending on how you count — plus hundreds of thousands of fanfics. Eight studio movies — plus dozens of popular fanfilms, musicals, and songs. One theme park — but soon there'll be three or more! An international museum exhibition — and piles of fan-made shirts, crafts, fanart, CDs and DVDs. An encyclopedic website — and fancons, fan-made wikis, and history courses on the impact of the Harry Potter fandom. We'll look back at 15 years of Harry Potter fandom and try to predict where we go from here.
The panel of experts includes: Andrew Sims from Hypable, Heidi Tandy of HPEF, Alex Carpenter of the Remus Lupins, Airemay of Fiction Alley, Julia Thomas of the International Quidditch Association, The Hillywood Show, and Jarrod Perkins of Gred & Forge and the Harry Potter Alliance.
Also, I'll be attending as a regular ol' comic book nerd (I LOVE YOU, TOP SHELF!!! YOU ROCK MY WORLD, FIRST SECOND BOOKS!!!) on Preview Night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you see me in the crowd, please say hello! I'd love to meet you. Look for my bright red hair:
I'll probably be walking beside Kiersten White when you find me. Because she makes me this happy!
BUT BACK TO HARRY POTTER.
Because LeakyCon is August 9-12 in Chicago!
And as over-the-top fantastic as Comic-Con is, my heart will always belong to Leaky. The Harry Potter fandom has been a home for me and Jarrod for . . . heavens, six years now? Seven? There's so much love and kindness and generosity in this community that my heart practically bursts from the memories.
This year, my husband will be rocking out as Gred & Forge on Friday night, and I'll be speaking on the Lit Track panels. Along with our favorite regulars — our longtime superawesome wizard rock buddies, Maureen Johnson, John and Hank Green, my beloved agent Kate Schafer Testerman — there are several new editions to the family, including HOLLY BLACK (cannot. wait. to fangirl.) and . . . LAINI TAYLOR!
The last time I saw Laini was here, in this picture, at last year's Comic-Con where we accidentally dressed like polka-dot twinsies. I miss her like crazy.
(I just realized that the other picture I posted also involves a black, polka-dotted dress. Obviously, I have a thing for them. And I do!)
I hope to see a bunch of you at these summer conventions. And I hope I'll see the rest of you here online. :-)
Happy July, everyone!