I am so excited to have Michael J. Sullivan as my guest at the 7 Scribes today. I was lucky enough to meet Michael and his wife as ConnectiCon a few weeks back. He was very generous with his time and it was educational for me. Michael actually self-published five out of six Riryia books before signing a deal with Orbit.
Since the convention, I have read the first book – The Crown Conspiracy (LOVED it) and am now reading book two – Avempartha. Seriously, if you love fantasy or fun adventure stories, check this series out.
In other news, I am still cranking through Mystic Hero and Lachlan’s Curse. Progress was slowed by laziness during my vacation. I barely did any writing. But, on the flip side, I spent time with the boys and we had FUN!
Right now Mystic Hero is in the lead for word count. Sometime in the next week or so, I think I’ll be going full time with one novel until it’s done! Go Devlin!
I’m happy to report that I crossed an item off my bucket list. It all started with a Kindle Daily Deal and a book called Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. Every day, since I purchased a Kindle Fire, I check Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals (very much like a junkie looking for a fix).
This particular day, Theft of Swords was the fantasy offering. I downloaded a sample, was hooked by the first page and immediately purchased it. And, because I happened to be in Goodreads that day, I sent a friend request to the author.
Long story short, in addition to accepting my request the author sent me a note and we started a conversation that ended with him agreeing to be my guest, here at the Scribes, on August 9th (Yay!). While researching his various social media sites, it turned out
he’d been invited to ConnectiCon as a literary guest, along with Brandon Sanderson.
Now, my hubby and I have discussed going to this convention for as many years as it’s been going on. Each year, it has gotten progressively bigger and more exciting. When Michael suggested we meet up at the conference, I was happy to accept.
I’ve been to the Connecticut Convention Center before for other events, but none of them come close to the size and scale of ConnectiCon. There was so
much to do: panels, Q&A sessions, book signings, gaming, vendors, and parties. So much that we barely scratched the surface. Check here for more information.
The best parts for me aside from meeting Michael and his wife, were the costumes (more on those in a
moment) and encountering artist Dan Dos Santos. His artwork has graced the covers of Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thomas books and Diana Rowland’s white trash zombie series (among many others). Super nice man and very gracious. While we were chatting, Brandon Sanderson came up to the table (squee!).
Now, those costumes – fabulous, fantastic, well-made, top-notch. What more can I say? The variety was mind-boggling. And for the amount of people attending, everyone was polite and relaxed.
Overall, it was a great experience for me. Hubby was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer geekiness but there were plenty of comic book and movie characters. On the drive home, he was speculating what kind of costume he could make for next year.
So, if you live in the New England area (and even if you don’t) and if you love comics, anime, role-playing, manga, gaming, etc. don’t miss a chance to attend this con!
What Cons have you attended? What are your favorites? And if you haven’t ever attended one, would you consider it?