I’m talking about all of those today. And some great news. Oh yeah!
Past – The RNA Conference
Last weekend I trotted across to Penrith, which is just north of the Lake District and not far from Scotland, for the annual Conference of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Those of you used to RWA conference or Romantic Times would find this to be minuscule in comparison, with just a couple of hundred people there. Nearly all of them women. It’s a very female event of course, with just a couple of men around. They must feel very outnumbered.
Speaking of outnumbered, myself and Josephine Myles were the only two m/m romance writers there. But both at the conference and at my local RNA chapter I’ve never encountered any negative reactions to m/m romance. I quite often encounter other romance writers who weren’t aware it existed. But they are always cool with the idea when I explain. Maybe some of them might get some new plot bunnies and come join us!
It was a well run event, with great speakers, at a nice venue, with the chance to meet so many other writers and be able to talk to them without appearing mad, as can happen when writers talk to normal people. Nice goody bags too. And even the weather stayed pretty fine – which after the summer we’ve had so far in the UK is little short of a miracle.
I learned loads from the panels and talks and workshops and had great fun talking to lots of people, some I knew already, some I didn’t. And what a friendly bunch they all are. With that one subject we all have in common there’s no barrier to conversation. You just dive right in and start chatting away. I’m definitely planning on going next year. Maybe there will be more than two m/m writers there then!
Present – Available now! The Lashings of Sauce Anthology
I have a short story called Reclaiming Territory in the Lashings of Sauce anthology out today, 22nd July, from JMS Books. Buy it here! It’s a departure for me, being a contemporary story. I hope you’ll check it out, along with the many other cool stories. Look at that contributor’s list! Fantastic!
We Brits love our sauce, whether it’s what we lash on our food, read on our seaside postcards, or write in our stories. Come and enjoy a buffet of tasty LGBTQ treats!
From marriages to reunions, via practical jokes and football matches, to weresloths and possibly the oddest Tarts and Vicars party in the world, join us as we celebrate the UK Meet in the best way we know: telling the story.
As a follow-up to the critically acclaimed British Flash and Tea and Crumpet anthologies, our talented writers bring you sixteen stories about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer characters enjoying what Britain and mainland Europe have to offer, with their wonderfully diverse range of cultures and landscapes and some incredibly colourful and quirky people.
Contributors include: Tam Ames, Becky Black, Anne Brooke, Charlie Cochrane, Rebecca Cohen, Lillian Francis, Elin Gregory, Clare London, Sandra Lindsey, JL Merrow, Emily Moreton, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jordan Castillo Price, Elyan Smith and Robbie Whyte. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team: Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London, JL Merrow and Josephine Myles).
This anthology is a souvenir of the 2012 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Funds from the sale of this anthology will go towards future UK Meets, to which all are welcome. Please visit the website for details, or contact UK MAT through the publisher.
Future – great news!
Loose Id have accepted my fourth book, currently titled Ganymede Tilt. (So far I haven’t had one remaned, but there’s a first time for everything.) The contract is flying across the Atlantic right now. (You know, in a plane, it’s not magically flying there by itself or anything.) I had to do a revise and resubmit on this one, as I did for Higher Ground, and I hope it’s a stronger book now thanks to the suggestions my editor made. I’ll let you know the release date when I have it and more details about the book later.
July is shaping up into a pretty good month.