Sandi is one of my online buddies, and I :X actually don’t even know when I “met” her… but we – along with others- chat about twice a week, and have for some time now. (I wanna say at least two years?) She’s also a blogger a Fresh Fiction, and I imagine many people – or authors at least, as you’ll see – know her, or at least of her. She also attends a number of events, as she’s one of those lucky readers that lives in Texas, where they have events galore. 😛 Anyway, I approached Sandi about doing a guest spot here, and she kindly agreed, and is here to talk… well, what else but books with us all!
I’m truly fortunate to live in a large metropolitan area. At any given time I have my choice to attend a sporting event, a foreign film, a concert, a theatrical production, or perhaps a show at a local museum. How do I choose to spend my spare time, with my book friends of course!
My book friends are not just the paper or electronic variety, but a very eclectic group of readers who make up the wonderful DFWTeaReaders. The group has been meeting for more than 10 years, and I’m really not sure how long I’ve been a member.
The best thing about being a member of this group is the wonderful author signings that we get to attend, and the number of times that we get to do special events with the authors. I’ve had the opportunity to be up close and personal with so many authors, and from a variety of genres that I wouldn’t normally read, but after talking with the author I get inspired to branch out.
It was after hearing Sherrilyn Kenyon talk and her story having me in tears that had me picking up my first Dark Hunter novel. It was meeting Lauren Willig and seeing what a fun bundle of energy she is that had me picking up The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and getting hooked on the Napoleonic Era.
I’d been a huge fan of Robyn Carr for a long time, and am a friendly stalker of hers. (Yes, she knows, and thankfully can even joke about it.) [Really. Sandi straight up loves Robyn. We all tease her about restraining orders ;).] If you haven’t yet made a journey to Virgin River I think you need to. It was due to my association with DFWTeaReaders and Fresh Fiction that I got to meet her in person. What a dream come true!
It’s that same association that has allowed me to have dinner with Carolyn Brown, not once but twice! [Oh and heads up – the kindle version of Love Drunk Cowboy, which is a book cover Sandi asked me to use, is only 99 cents right now!] I got to meet and talk with Mary Alice Monroe twice as well. As I sat to write this post I was getting ready to help host a dinner for Karen White.
So yes, where I live makes a difference in the activities I can enjoy. What about where you live? Does it allow you a vast variety of activities? If not what is special about where you live? If you could live anywhere where would it be? See I’m full of questions, and quite hopeful you respond.