Coming up (and out)…

Woohoo, things are moving so fast!

Back in April, while at the Lone Star LesFic Festival, I made a promise I wasn’t so sure I could keep. I promised my illustrious leaders at Affinity eBooks Press that I would deliver a romance to them in six months. For some folks, that’s not even a challenge. But for me? Heck, up to that point the quickest I’d ever written a book was in a year. I admit there were a few moment of what was I thinking?

When I got back to the swamp after leaving Austin, I went into a new position (at the same location) with the National Park Service. Starting a new job and a new novel in the same week? Had I lost my mind? Perhaps I had, but for the most part I just worked really hard to write evenings after work and on Sundays. I ended up writing Pausing in four and a half months. Then I sent it off to my beta readers and had it delivered to Affinity well within my time frame. Before my deadline, I had a signed contract in my hand.

In the middle of this whirlwind of writing the promised book, I also outlined and wrote 16,000 words on a lesbian dystopian romance and 6,000 words on a thriller. There were also trips to Denver (NPS job) and Alexandria (GCLS con). During the con, I spoke with some fellow Florida writers about working together to promote our books. Sappho’s Scribes of Florida was born. There are four members – me, Alison Solomon, Ali Spooner, and Barbara Clanton. Our inaugural event was September 24th in St. Pete, where I was joined by Alison and Barbara to put on a workshop geared toward writers. It was a resounding success, if I do say so myself.

Here is a list of upcoming gigs, both solo and with the group Sappho’s Scribes of Florida:

October 8, 2016 – All four members of Sappho’s Scribes will be at Come Out with Pride Orlando, where we will have a table set up in the marketplace to meet people and sell/sign books. If you’re in the area, we will be at location G6 in the marketplace and would love to see you.

October 12 – 16, 2016 – I will be at the LCLC at Casitas Laquita in Palm Springs, CA. This is so exciting as I’ve never been to Palm Springs. I get to see a beautiful part of the country while hanging out with a group of amazing writers. I will participate in a reading and a panel on Friday, the 14th.

November 5, 2016 – 37th & Zen will host me for a reading/signing. Norfolk, Virginia is still very much in my heart, even after I’ve been gone for over 20 years. I’ll probably go by my old stomping grounds, The Hershee Bar, after that event. Who will I see there? 37th and Zen is located at 1083 W. 37th St, Norfolk, VA.

December 1, 2016 – I am honored to be featured at a reception at the Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art, 365 5th Avenue, Naples, Florida. This promises to be a super cool event, so if you’re in Naples come by and check it out. Books and Art… does it get any better than that?

February 18, 2017 – Amelia Island Book Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL will surely be an amazing event. Books and beach…another winning combination. GCLS will have a table and host a reading at this event.

April 1, 2017 – Lone Star LesFic Festival! I fell in love with Austin during my first Lone Star festival and can’t wait to go back. Those folks sure do know how to put on an event. I am excited to be showing off my new novel, Pausing, at that event. It’s going to be an amazing day, I just know it.

Sappho’s Scribes of Florida is in the process of putting together our calendar for 2017. Things to look forward to? Pensacola Pride in May, various LBGTQ centers across Florida, and a bookstore or two. Do you want us to come to an event in your town? How about your book club? Just let us know! You can contact me at reneewrites3@gmail.com if you want to talk about an upcoming event.

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