Thursday, March 5, 2009


Argh...I still need to pack for the conference. I haven't started because I always debate on what to wear. I could dress up or I could just dress up jeans, maybe I could just could go el'cas-u-al...I know, who cares....(me!)

I've never been to Nola Stars, but a fellow Sola writer, Pamela Kopfler, said it was pretty good. I enjoy smaller conferences because you really get to meet people. Bigger conferences you tend to feel a little lost, too much of everything.

But, if I were a big time author, then that would be a totally different story! (I'll get there.)

All I want to do is learn all I can about the craft. Meet some people who like to write, and maybe meet a few agents or editors, put some feelers out there...

Anywho, gotta get my butt out of this chair and start packing for the conference. If you are going, come say hi... I'd love to meet you.

Dawn Chartier

Monday, March 2, 2009

Author Gena Showalter

Tonight I had the honor of meeting a very sweet & talented author, Gena Showalter.

I hadn't read her books yet, but I met her once before & had intentions of buying her novels. I mentioned to my sister she was in town, and she told me that she'd read probably all of her books and they were very good. So a writer friend and I went and chatted with Gena for a long while. I bought one of her Undeworld books, I believe the first one in that series and started reading it a few hours ago. Let me just say, I didn't want to put it down. She captures you in the first sentence. Here is what it she writes, "Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later." How cool is that sentence...

What a hook! I had to keep going.....Anyway many pages later, and I'm still reading. I just wanted to stop for a moment and add a picture of her and I at the signing....I wish other authors would come to New Orleans. Thank you Gina for stopping by....Good luck on your tour...
Dawn Chartier