AnomalyCon Awesomeness

Well, I’m done with AnomalyCon and it was a blast! I met a lot of great authors, and had fun talking with fans about our favorite horror and urban fantasy novels. It’s great to be able to spend time in a setting like that with people who appreciate the same things you do. And for anyone who attended my Alien Sex panel on Friday night–venus fly trap. That is all. :-)

I’d like to give a special shout out to the authors who were on the panels with me. This was my first Con as an author, and everyone was welcoming and friendly. Some of them I knew in advance through an online writing community I belong to, but others were strangers before the Con. Either way, we had some amazing discussions. So thanks to the following folks, and readers: get thee online and check out their books!

  • Mario Acevedo – Mario is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, and all-around nice guy.
  • Guy Anthony de Marco – Guy is a Bram Stoker Award® nominated author. I sat with him on a dark fantasy panel, and while I could have felt dwarfed (both physically and from an accomplishment perspective–I was definitely the shortest one at that table!), I didn’t. Thanks for offering to put a plug for Toxic at your booth by taking my cards, Guy! It was really nice of you.
  • Travis Heerman – Travis is the author of the Heart of the Ronin and Rogues of the Black Fury series, and has been published in about a million anthologies. Another author who dwarfed me on the dark fantasy panel, he let me bounce my web serial idea off him and managed to act interested. :-)
  • O.M. Grey – O.M. Grey has written novels about Arthur Tudor, vampire, as well as a host of other subjects. She’s a dynamic, vivacious lady who quickly earned my respect on the panels I saw her on. By the time she was on one of mine, I was excited because I knew it would be an excellent conversation. O.M. is currently at a crossroads in her writing, and I wish her the best of luck.
  • A.L. Kessler – A.L. is the paranormal romance author of The Dark War Chronicles. I swear, the event organizer couldn’t have put us on more panels together if she’d tried. Poor A.L. even had to find her way through a panel on horror fiction, which she admits she’s lost on. Still, it was fun and I don’t think Christopher and I scared her too much. And there’s no one better to talk about paranormal hanky panky with late at night. I’m still laughing from that session.
  • Aaron Ritchey – Aaron’s new book, Long Live the Suicide King, comes out April 3rd. I’ve been able to see Aaron on panels at other conferences in the past, and he was just as funny and thoughtful then as he was on our panel at AnomalyCon. If his new book has even a touch of the humor and fun as he has in person, it’s going to be a great read. I definitely suggest you check it out!
  • Christopher M. Salas – Christopher is working on the Abigail: Curses and Demons series, House on Teardrop Lane Trilogy and other literary works. He’s also a horror buff with excellent taste in movies. The horror panel we were on was great, because  I had someone there who appreciated a lot of the old 70’s and 80’s classics with me. Plus he asked the most interesting question (to me) of the night: could we consider Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” horror?
  • Josh Vogt – Josh is full-time freelance writer and editor, and is working on getting his fantasy work out to readers. He’s at a similar point in his writing career as me, and I wish him luck.
  • Thomas Albert Fowler – Thomas is an interesting guy with an advertising background. He writes commercial mainstream and science fiction. Hearing him talk about the research he did on his latest thriller was fascinating.
  • Pamela M. Nihiser – Pamela writes horror, fantasy, steampunk and sci-fi. She’s a tough cookie with a wicked sense of humor, and hearing her stories about the trials of author branding cracked me up. I can’t wait to read some of her stuff. Plus her aunt introduced her to horror at about the same age my own aunt did. Gotta love that “small world” moment. And wonder how many other aunts out there warped impressionable niece or nephew minds.

And don’t forget to check out the latest installment of Toxic! Part eleven: “Genetics are a Bitch” is up!