Authors are Our Rockstars

Hey fellow bookworms! I am so tired and excited to be writing this as promised at the end of my last post, a book review (which I hope you enjoyed), this week’s post is about me going to the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival! I was so very excited to go and hear our rock stars speak and bring one of my very best friends along with me! This is my second year going, and it is just something that sparks my love for reading and writing each time! It is the kick and pick me up that reminds me never to give up on my dreams! I mean maybe one day I will be up there on that panel! This post will discuss things that were there, pictures (sorry if they not the best) from panels that I went to see and hear amazing authors, as well as some of their Q&A, and books I got!

Stuff to Do!!!

            My readers I am by no means a morning person, but the book festival is not something I will ever complain about waking up for. We left my house and got there 30 minutes early so, we had time to scope out the lay of the land so to speak. There were many independent booths set up, some selling and others giving out information about organizations. I even saw one for the public library. We strolled through the kid’s section and where we saw the scholastic books being set up and that brought up some nostalgia! All the book fairs at school were literally my favorite time of year. They had activities for kids at least one involving balloon creations, they had food trucks at the entrance at the festival in case you get hungry/thirsty before, during, or after a panel. In the YA section which this post will be focus on there was also a section set up by Barnes&Noble to buy books and get them signed by an author after their panels at the signing tent. This year under the book tent what I really loved was that the books were organized into groups by the panel, so you could find the author that you had been listening to; find it, as well as other books in the series!

Panels I Went to

Sadly I was not able to go to all the panels I had planned to and only got to catch part of another, but I got to learn and know these authors on a whole new level which was awesome! These are the ones I was able to attend this year though I will break it down listing the panel, then author, and then try my best at 1-2 questions depending on each panel(each panel was an hour long I was worried doing every question is a bit much) of the Q&A from each panel (because I am not a fast writer I used my phone to record a voice recording of each panel) abbreviating authors names by first initial and last name.

The Future so Bright

The Future’s So Bright, We Have to be Saved: Elizabeth Fama, Demitria Lunetta, Lynne Matson, Mindy McGinnis, Jodi Meadows, Lissa Price, Karri Thompson, and Amy Tintera

Q: What do you guys do when you’re not writing?

J Meadows: I spin yarn and I’ve learned to write calligraphy

Mindy M: I play softball and am a librarian that works for the school district

Lissa P: I like waters sports, but I also did something really amazing I went to writers police academy

Demitria L: I watch a lot of tv

Amy T: I write for fun when I am not writer for my publisher because that is what I did before I was published

Q: What’s you’re writing style? Are you a pantser or a plotter? (A pantser for the readers that don’t know is people that go by the seam of their pants when writing, and a plotter outlines their work before starting the writing process)

Jody L: I used to be a pantser that is writing naturally without a outline and there are plotters, but there is a broad spectrum of writers. When writing Incarnate I was a plotter and have been that way ever since

Elizabeth F: It depends on the book (sorry if I shorten answers it is a lot I recorded)

Mindy M: I write linearly I lay down in bed and write. I just write THE book

Lissa P: I start with an outline, so I know the beginning, middle, and know where it’s going to end

Demitria L: I wrote a really long outline for the second book, but I prefer to type and hope for the best

Amy T: I am what they call a first draft outliner

Discover A New World Panel

Discover a New World: Sara B Larson, Christina Farley, Renee Collins, Tessa Gratton , Lori  Lee, Kathryn Rose, Sherry Thomas, and Sarah Raasch:

Q: What advice would you give for people wanting to write a grand universal story for their fantasy novel?

Sarah R: Give yourself time because world building takes a lot of work so don’t rush yourself, my book was 13 years in the making, now not that much time, but fantasy is a lot of work

Sherry T: My advice that you have universally tremendously emotional themes through your book

Lori L : I think it’s important to look ahead and writing outside of your character and to know the history of your novel. To have a lush history

Tessa G: I was going to say something similar know the history even if you don’t use it all because history shapes the future of your books

Renee C : You can think up as many details as you can for your world but understand a lot of that is going to stay in the mind palace

Kathryn R: Make sure you have parameters and checks and balances

Sara B L :  I would say travel somewhere as much as possible notice your surroundings ask how and why people dress the way they do for the climate. Everything we do is world building


The Magic of the Paranormal: With Brodi Ashton, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tracy Deebs, Nancy Holder, Brigid Kemmerer! Sadly this was a panel that I only caught part of so I wasn’t able to read or tell which author was speaking, but I did love the writing advice at the end! So here is some of it: “Just don’t give up, keep going back to the book, keep sending it out, don’t give up. There are two things that can happen two an writer, you can get published, or you stop. You don’t have control over when you get published, but you do have control over when you stop. Keep going!”

“No matter who you are in this business, this business is a cycle in this business you go up and down. So just work on it and hang on for the ride!”

College Has Never Looked So hot

College Has Never Looked so Hot: Cora Carmack, , Sohpie Jordan, Jen McLaughlin, Tracy Wolff, Monica Murphy , Jay Crownover

Q: What is the difference between new adult and young adult fiction

Cora C: Bridges the gap between young adult and new adult right now it is predominantly romance with people who are college age.

Sophie J: I agree with what she said anyone else want to add in ? (No one wanted to add in)

Q: What’s the best and worse writing advice you’ve gotten

 Jay C: The worst advice is listening to people tell you how to write. Your way is always right it’s your story tell it your own way

Cora C: There is a difference between business advice and writing advice. I am a very big proponent in the business side of it. Read what’s in your genre know what other other authors, but at the same time write what you want to write. You have to follow your heart

Sophie J: Never say never when it comes to writing

Jen M: Is do what works for you

Tracy W: The best advice that I’ve ever received is FINISH THE BOOK. The worst advice I’ve ever had is write to the market. Write what you want to write

Monica M: My advice is the same advice as Tracy. The worst advice is when people give me craft books



So my readers I am so sorry I was not able to write every question, but it was a lot and I did not want to overwhelm you with a super long blog post! I was so inspired so much and my spirits were lifted by EVERY author! I have only read one of these author’s works, but then I got to know new ones and was pushed too pick up books I have either wanted for a long time, or my curiosity was perked to check out ones I have never heard of! I was a little sad Abbi Glines was a no show since I did have questions for her, but I loved what I learned from others!

Books I Bought

            So normally I stick to buying books on my Nook because they are easier for me to carry and I can always have them with me, but that does not mean I don’t love paper books! I mean who doesn’t love new book smell?! So I caved and bought some books I mean we all deserve to be spoiled once in a while! So I bought 4 books for me, 1 for my sister, and I even got one for free!

  1. Reboot By: Amy Tintera! This is a book/series that I have wanted to read since I saw the book trailer, and hearing Tintera give a summary made me want it more! So I didn’t hesitate when snatching it up!
  2. Wolf Springs Chronicles Unleashed By Nancy Holder & Debbie Vigue! This book was one that I have had on my wish list for a while because I love anything werewolf or wolf based so I am hoping it lives up to the wait!
  3. The Probability of Miracles By: Wendy Wunder! I bought this book for the author’s awesome name and the gorgeousness of the cover! Oh and the summary was interesting too!
  4. Incarnate By Jodi Meadows This book I have been dying to read forever, but waiting was worth it because I got my copy signed!!
  5. Rome By: Jay Crownover This was my free book I got for asking a question! I got home after and looked it up on goodreads finding out it was the third book! Do you guys know if it can be read as a standalone? Some New Adults are

So I will not be posting pictures of the books because I got a glare from the covers, but I am considering doing a mini review for all of these books together when I finish them or at least 3/4  when I figure out what to do with Rome. I will include goodreads links at the bottom though corresponding with the number they are listed as! If any of you would want to read one with me let me know! I have already finished the Probability of Miracles and am currently on Reboot!

So that was my book festival experience it was amazing! I am so grateful for all their advice it helped me learn a lot! Which authors would you have fangirled over? What questions would you have asked? Have you read any of the books I got? Did anyone go to the festival? Have you been to any festivals in your city? Feel free to share because I want to know about others please. I promise to do better next year and try to get better equipment to record this was a first time reporting it, but I hope you all get something out of it.  Hope you enjoyed this post!

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