Authors After Dark

Barbara Vey -- August 14th, 2012

I hadn’t planned on attending Authors After Dark in New Orleans, but a chance phone call with author Jade Lee on Tuesday had me on a plane Wednesday.  Spur of the moment adventures are so much fun.

“Authors After Dark focuses on the reader-author relationship through education of titles, genres and books in general. It is a true reader con, putting readers wants and needs at the forefront, and caters to all types of readers of romance, fantasy (including urban fantasy) and horror.”  After being there for 5 days, I can tell you it’s true.  The readers definitely come first and they travel from all over the world to attend.  I met a couple of ladies from Australia who brought over 40 boxes of Tim Tams with them.  They even gave me a couple.  There were visitors from Norway, Canada and England.

 

One of my favorite things was the phone app that was available.  Once downloaded, it offered the complete schedule and map.  You could also customize it for yourself and set it with reminders.  With so much going on, it really came in handy.  I’d love to see this at more events.

 

Humorous Writing Panel

Humorous Writing Panel

There were panels for everyone, but they were so popular that some were standing room only.  Readers took advantage of seeing their favorite authors up close and personal.  One reader told me that while she came to see Joey Hill, she was thrilled to meet so many new authors and bought many of their books.  There were readings by authors divided into genres, so you could hear historicals, westerns, paranormal, urban fantasy and more.  Everyone was included as evidenced by panels, reading and authors featuring BDSM, M/M and GLBT: Alpha/Beta.

 

Another favorite activity were the field trips.  These were special ticketed events that had authors hosting tours around New Orleans.  I’m told they sold out in 5 minutes because they were small groups.  There were ghost tours, garden tours and  Royal Street tours.

 

One main event was the Masquerade Ball.  I should mention that there was a corset shop on site and a tattoo salon.  This was evident when you saw everyone dressed up.  It hurt my ribs just seeing all those corsets, but it didn’t seem to bother the guests.  They were dressed beautifully with a few going the creepy route as voodoo dolls.

voodoo priestess and doll

voodoo priestess and doll

 

Whitney reader

Whitney reader

 

winner of best shoes

winner of best shoes

Kris Cook and Melissa Schroeder

Kris Cook and Melissa Schroeder

Janet Breakfield and Runere McLain

Janet Breakfield and Runere McLain

Steampunk tea

Steampunk tea

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There was a steampunk tea and as a fan of steampunk, I loved seeing the costumes.  The creativity is amazing and everyone really got into their roles.

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The booksiging is always a popular event and the packed ballroom proved that.

Mark Henry

Mark Henry

 

Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland

Damon Suede

Damon Suede

I lunched with the New Orleans romance book club, Heart to Heart.  These women know their romance.

Heart to Heart Bookclub

Heart to Heart Bookclub

 

It wouldn’t be New Orleans without something special going on.  The Red Dress Walk for heart disease packed Bourbon Street in a sea of red.  All for a good cause.

Red Dress Walk

Red Dress Walk

 

Bottom Line:  I’ll be back in New Orleans in December for Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans…save some beignets for me.

 

 

 

 

 

45 thoughts on “Authors After Dark

  1. Debbie Kaufman

    Wow, so much going on at that conference. Reader events are always my favorite things. The phone app idea is way too cool. I’m like you, and would like to see more conferences do this for their attendees.

  2. Sasha White

    It was the first conference I’ve attended in several years, and I’m so Gla d I went. It was fabulous, and I really enjoyed chatting with you at lunch. Glad you made it.

  3. Missy Taylor

    I was so surprised to see you! And glad you I did! Thanks for always making me feel comfortable around the authors. Enjoyed visiting with you. :)

  4. Christine

    Okay–I admit not knowing what a Tim Tam was. So I googled and now I want some too. Supposedly Pepperidge Farms makes them and Target sells them (at least from October to March). Those Aussies–what a tease. I hope they enjoyed the NO cuisine as much as the conference.

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