Well, Con season is upon me once again. That magical time when myself and author Tally Johnson take off to make our public appearances in the hopes of winning friends and influencing people. Our convention year always begins with my personal favorite southeast convention– MystiCon in Roanoke, VA. It started out as a reboot of a smaller convention the first year we went but has now grown to monumental proportions. As in, if you don’t have your tickets yet– too bad. They’re already sold out for the weekend.
MystiCon is pretty special to me. The first time I applied, I was super-excited to get accepted because Roanoke, VA has familial connections for me. My mother was from Salem which is about 15 miles outside of Roanoke. We used to visit my grandmother there at least once a month when I was a child. Whenever we went to the mall Christmas shopping or out to dinner– we usually drove into Roanoke. In fact, the hotel where the convention is held– we drove past it countless times. The mall where we would always go shopping with my gran is less than a block down the road. Some of my best memories were made there in Roanoke. So that’s why I’ll always be faithful to MystiCon. It’s like going home.
Another reason to go is the people. Tally and I have made so many amazing friends through the con circuit and we don’t get to see them too often. So MystiCon is just this big party where we get to hang with our friends we never see. Mark Davis, Gail Z. Martin, Christina Stiles, Andy Deane and the Bella Morte gang, and countless others will be on hand not just to share their knowledge on panels or sell their wares– they’ll be there to reconnect with friends and make new ones. That’s the best part of convention season.
So, if you’re in the area and are planning on coming to MystiCon this year, stop over and see me. I’d love to say hi, hang out and have a write-in or just have a drink. And of course, I will have books for sale. Here is my schedule:
Friday, 2/27: 10pm: Iron Author
Saturday, 2/28: 10am: The Weird South
7pm: Author Readings (sexy edition)
10pm: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings (horror edition)
Sunday, 3/1: 11am: How to Get Rejected (I’m expert at this one.)
1pm: Say What???