Color me excited, gentle readers! In just over five months I’ll be on a plane, heading toward my second
Las Vegas adventure and first conference as a
featured author. Hot Mojave Knights
is primed to be the most fun an author or reader can have in
without ending up arrested. Though, knowing some of the writers attending,
there may be handcuffs (“But… they’re
part of my costume.”). Sin City
If you haven’t made plans to attend yet, understand this is not the standard cattle drive convention. There won’t be thousands of people milling around in a great crush of bad tempers and body odor. No endless fan lines just to catch a glimpse of someone you’d like to meet. I’ve been to a couple of those, and outside of sore feet, I didn’t have much to talk about, unless I count seeing James Marsters’ head from twenty feet (I do. I admit it. But it’s not much of a story to tell).
Readers, you get the opportunity to engage with authors over the course of the weekend. Polish your meet and greet skills over Friday night’s wine tasting and Chippendales outing. Have dinner with the favorite author you came to see, or the new one you bonded with over Chippendale #5 (could he wear a Speedo, or what?). Costume up and head to the masquerade where authors will attempt to resemble their literary creations (try Googling “224th century space outfits”… no one makes these). And did I mention the Knights to go along with your nights? *Faint*
My mind is all awhirl with plans. I have swag to order, a costume to assemble, a plane ticket to buy, panels and intimate encounters to prepare… And that’s “intimate” as in “a small group of people,” not “show up in your handcuffs and best smile.” ;) I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, and maybe coming home with a story or two I can’t tell to anyone who wasn’t there, *wink wink, nudge nudge*.
Get to know me now:
Cara Michaels is a dreamer of legendary proportions (just ask her about the alien pirate spaceship invasion). Her imagination is her playground and nothing is quite so much fun for her as building new characters and new worlds with at least an edge of the fantastic. She's writing whenever the opportunity presents itself and can typically be found tinkering with half a dozen projects. Occasionally all at once.
She calls Florida 'home' when she's not busy swearing about giant bugs and humidity. She has one super-cool fiancé who doesn't (usually) mind the hours spent writing, editing, writing some more, and editing a lot more, one son with aspirations of becoming either a great wizard or an artist, and three cats who enjoy sleeping on her works in progress.