I'm excited to welcome Terri Osburn to the Dish today. Terri writes contemporary romances filled with heart and sprinkled with humor. Her current series is set within the country music scene in Nashville, a city and industry this former Nashville DJ knows well. Terri recently had a wonderful adventure in Europe and will be joining us today, and again on June 12, to tell us all about it. If you aren't familiar with Terri and her books, visit her website for more information. You can also follow her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
Hello, lovely Dishers!
Big thanks to PJ for inviting me to share my travel adventures with you all today. I was fortunate to spend the beginning of May in Europe—for both work and play—hitting three countries in just over two weeks. We’ll start with the work part.
First stop Paris
The first weekend was the Festival du Roman Feminin presented by a fabulous group of bloggers called Les Romantiques. The venue was a funky, industrial space in south Paris and the readers were absolutely wonderful. Despite four years of high school French, my communication skills were pretty much non-existent, but the organizers did a great job of providing a translator at every turn. And then there was Bridget. A Brit by birth who lives in Paris with her family, Bridget is a member of Les Romantiques and my good friend. But this was our first time to meet in person after several years of chatting online, and, not that everyone wasn’t wonderful, but I have to say Bridget was even sweeter and funnier than I imagined. So happy to have spent some in-person time together, and I hope we can do it again soon.
Back to the work stuff. Some of the other English-speaking authors at the event were Sabrina Jeffries, Susan Carlisle, Nancy Herkness, Amanda Bouchet, Scarlet Cole, Alison Roberts, Chris Keniston, Annie West, Lisa Marie Rice, Katherine Garbera, and Nalini Singh. Which leads to some of the highlights. There was getting to meet Annie West and Scarlet Cole for the first time, spending lots of time with Nancy Herkness, having lunch with Sabrina Jeffries and her sweet husband (I was the translator since I can speak Italian restaurant,) catching up with Amanda Bouchet, and being on a panel with Nalini Singh.
I’d never before been part of a panel where cameras started flashing from every direction, but when you get to sit two chairs down from Nalini Singh, that’s exactly what happens. (I got to hang with Nalini even more in Berlin and she’s quite possibly the coolest person I’ve ever met.) The event was a smashing success and I would go again in a heartbeat.
On to Germany…
I have to start out by admitting that I’d already been in Europe for more than a week when I arrived in Berlin, and I was starting to fade. That’s my excuse for the lack of pictures from the beautiful city. I did take some the day of the big signing, which was SO fun. Here in the US, they open the doors, the room floods with people, it gets really loud, and readers shop. Not so at the Love Letter Convention put on by Love Letter magazine, a German publication dedicated to romance novels. At this event, readers line up, get 3 tickets, enter in limited numbers, and get a book for each ticket. When the three tickets are gone, they can get back in line and do it all over again.
In two hours I signed ALL of my books, which I think was 75 copies. And there were lots of other signing opportunities, which meant the readers made me feel so incredibly special. One even brought me a large picture of myself to sign. By far the most surreal moment of my life. (My teenage daughter was stunned speechless.) Others stopped me in the hall between events. By the time the weekend was over, I was feeling very Julia Roberts-like. Not that I got tall and skinny and beautiful, but I was in demand. That never happens!!
As I mentioned, Nalini Singh also attended this one, along with repeats Susan Carlisle (I think her Oklahoma accent really confused the Germans) and Annie West. I also got to spend time with Ella Quinn and Sarina Bowen, two generous, talented, and funny ladies who kept me smiling throughout the weekend.
Again, the readers were wonderfully patient with my lack of communication skills, and reader Janina Adelt even sent me the picture that we took together. I could have hugged all of them. Germans may have an international rep for being cold (per the Jägermeister commercial) but they were warm and lovely and made my visit very special.
|Janina and Terri|
So that does it for the work part of the trip. I have to thank all of the organizers who worked so hard to pull these events off beautifully. If there were glitches, I never saw them. Readers went home with lots of goodies. Writers went home with lots of smiles (and hopefully new readers.) And I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all. Hope you enjoyed the replay, and next time, I’ll share our touristy adventures in London and Paris. Wait until you see those pictures!
Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, Terri. Both events sound wonderful and I can't wait to find out what happens in part two!
Readers, have you ever attended a reader/author event?
These events are popping up all over the place. Where would you like to see one held?
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