Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA Pt. 4

If you didn’t catch Part 1, 2, or 3 of this series: In June, I attended my second UtopYA Con in Nashville, TN. Dubbed “The conference with heart”  by Publisher’s Weekly, it was truly one of the high points of my year. Since I was launching Once Upon A Lexicon the day after the conference, I walked around with a whiteboard in the exhibit hall and asked some of the authors just one question…

What is your favorite word?

Here is Part 4, the last part, of their answers!

edit- Eva Peohler

I had been meaning for awhile to drop by Eva Pohler’s table because she has always seemed so sweet and friendly. We have a common obsession with Greek mythology, so I just had to buy the first book in her Gatekeeper’s Saga to take home with me. We chatted about our love for Ancient Greece and how excited I had been to visit the actual Acropolis a few years ago. Her favorite word is so fitting for her personality, and it’s something I try to practice everyday.

edit- Ben Hale

Crazy enough, I met Ben Hale at UtopYa because of swing dancing. I have done swing dancing (both East and West Coast) for years, so when I saw him doing some familiar steps during Steampunk Cosplay Karaoke, I just had to step in and get a dance. He was so nice to lie to me about how well I was doing, and I enjoyed a chance to pretend like I believed him. I hunted him down at his table the next day to get his favorite word, which is actually the name of a creature he made up for his books. It’s like an ice version of a phoenix, essentially the exact opposite, which blows my mind. A picture of it can be seen on the cover of the second book in his White Mage series.

edit- Heather Lyons

Not only do I love Heather Lyons’ word (just say it out loud a few times for fun) and her absolutely gorgeous branding, but I loved meeting her at UtopYA this year. I grabbed one of her books last year, The Deep End of the Sea, because I LOVE mythology characters in contemporary settings, and it currently resides in my desk at work as the book that I grab to devour with my food during lunch breaks. I was SO sad that she didn’t have a copy of The Collectors Society left to buy, since I love stories with Alice in Wonderland elements too, but I will just have to get  all of the first three next year. If you haven’t seen the covers for these, prepare to be obsessed.

edit- KC Neal

Of all the encouragement and enthusiasm I got at UtopYA for this little blog, K.C. was the one that really reminded me why I wanted to start it. I attended an Idea Exchange that she presented, and when I saw that she was wearing a t-shirt that said “Word Nerd”, I knew I had to give her one of my blog business cards. She was so excited for my idea and to see the blog when it launched that it had me excited again too. Meeting a fellow Word Nerd (I NEED that t-shirt) reminded me that there are others out there with the same geeky interests, and that’s why I wanted to start this little project. Blogging is truly about finding your niche, and UtopYA is mine.

A big, giant Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to ALL of the authors that let themselves be the test subjects for my first Whiteboard Confessions! You were all so wonderful to meet, and I can’t wait to see everyone against next year.

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Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA Pt. 3

If you didn’t catch Part 1 or Part 2 of this series: In June, I attended my second UtopYA Con in Nashville, TN. Dubbed “The conference with heart  by Publisher’s Weekly, it was truly one of the high points of my year. Since I was launching Once Upon A Lexicon the day after the conference, I walked around with a whiteboard in the exhibit hall and asked some of the authors just one question…

What is your favorite word?

Here is Part 3 of their answers!

 

edit- Kelly Riser

Kelly Risser is an author of Young Adult, Paranormal and Romance books. Her debut novel, Never Forgotten, was released by Clean Teen Publishing in 2014, and quickly followed by books 2 and 3. As a fellow adventurer, I love her favorite word! I think Utopia Con itself is a wonderful adventure (or at least the 5 hour drive it takes me to get there)!

edit- Chandra Hahn

As a reader who prefers physical books, I found myself last year at my first UtopYA feeling a bit lost because so many indie authors are often e-book only or not in the library circulation, so I didn’t know a single author there. But, when I walked past Chandas table, I stopped dead in my tracks because I realized that I had already read the first book in her UnEnchanted series! A few years ago, my parents had given me an iPad, and I downloaded a handful of books (mostly classics) for free to see if I liked reading e-books. UnEnchanted was the only one that I read all the way through because even though I didn’t like reading it as an e-book, I liked the book too much to put it down. Chanda had already ran out of the second book in her series when I stopped by her table this year, but I’m hoping to get the complete set someday soon!

edit- Bridgett OHare

On Bridgette’s Facebook page, her tagline is “Normal is Overrated”, which I can relate to. Bridgette is the author of the Book of Dreams series, which are supernatural suspense with a romantic twist. Bridgette gave me a copy of Lullaby, but my friend stole it because she wanted to read it immediately. Once I chase her down to get it back, I can’t wait to dive in!

edit- Elizabeth Tuttle

Elizabeth Tuttle is part of the Rebel Writers and the author of Spark of Light, which I saw described as “fantasy meets dystopian”. It’s like she took my favorite word right out of my mouth, because it’s possible that I say “awesome” more times during the day than I should. Elizabeth, YOU are awesome!!

A big, giant Thank You to this weeks participating authors! Stay tuned next Tuesday for the final edition of Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA!

Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA Pt. 2

If you didn’t catch Part 1 of this series: In June, I attended my second UtopYA Con in Nashville, TN. Dubbed “The conference with heart  by Publisher’s Weekly, it was truly one of the high points of my year. Since I was launching Once Upon A Lexicon the day after the conference, I walked around with a whiteboard in the exhibit hall and asked some of the authors just one question…

What is your favorite word?

Here is Part 2 of their answers!

 edit- Myra McIntre

I met Myra as I was strolling around the exhibit hall, and the covers for her Hourglass Series caught my eye. The covers, if you haven’t already seen them, feature photos by one of my favorite photographers, Lissy Elle, and I recognized her work immediately. I proceeded to buy the whole trilogy at once to make sure I got the matched set because they were so beautiful! Visit Myra’s website to see what else she is working on.

edit- PK Hrezo

PK’s book Butterman (Time) Travel Inc. was one of my favorite purchases from my last UtopYA, so I came to UtopYA 2015 excited to purchase the sequel, Induction Day! I have a thing for Titanic stories, so I know I will love it. PK was so nice when she signed my book, and even gave me a copy of the series prequel novella, Diary of a Time Traveller, which I can’t wait to start.

edit- Stacy ONeille

Stacey is the award-winning author of the Mortal Enchantment series, and her word happens to be one of my favorites too! The covers of her books are absolutely beautiful, and I’m not sure if I told her, but I’m a little bit obsessed with her curly-haired cover model for Fragile Reign. He is pretty swoon-worthy!

edit- Mindy Ruiz

I met Mindy last year when I purchased a copy of the first book in her Game of Heart series, Enchanted Heart. She was so funny and sweet in the panels I attended, and I was happy to see her back this year! I still have the cell phone pocket sticker she gave out as swag on the back of my phone (it looks something like this), and it was a lifesaver when I was out dancing in Nashville over that weekend. She’s quite the swag master!

A huge Thank You to the participating authors! Stay tuned next Tuesday for Part 3 of Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA!

Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA Pt. 1

In June, I attended my second UtopYA Con in Nashville, TN. Dubbed “The conference with heart by Publisher’s Weekly, it was truly one of the high points of my year. Filled with amazing and uplifting attendees, I immediately felt right at home. Plus, it’s the best place to meet and hang out with your favorite indie authors! There’s nothing quite like fangirl-ing in panels, then finding them at the after party and getting down to “Shake It Off”.

I can’t WAIT for next year. Check out the amazing plans and beautiful new re-branding for next year’s Utopia Con!

Since I was launching Once Upon A Lexicon the day after the conference, I walked around with a whiteboard in the exhibit hall and asked some of the authors just one question…

What is your favorite word?

Here is Part 1 of their answers!

edit- Rebecca Varros

Rebecca Yarros writes YA/NA, and is the author of The Flight & Glory series . I think my friends and I hogged her table for almost 45 minutes, and our discussion about traditional publishing and cliffhanger-hate was a highlight of the trip.

edit- Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris is a best-selling romance writer. I bought a copy of “My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century“, and can’t wait to start it! I first met Rachel when my friends and I were waiting in the lobby for our Uber, and Rachel offered us a drink. I knew right from the moment I saw her little personal cooler filled with Mikes Hard Lemonade that we were going to get along.

edit- Misty Provencher

Misty Provencher is a YA/NA author, and one of the sweetest people I spoke to when walking around with my whiteboard. We had a great conversation about starting this blog, and she gave me a copy of Cornerstone, which I can’t wait to start.

edit- Nooce Miller

Nooce Miller just released her debut novel, The Rooftop Inventor, and I think she’s going to do some amazing things! I actually met Nooce at last year’s UtopYA, and during a conversation that didn’t last more than five minutes, my writing buddy and I found out that we all lived in Indianapolis. We invited Nooce to stop by our weekly writing group, and she has met with us almost every Tuesday since then! I watched her feverishly work on her story to release during UtopYA Con 2015, and I’m so proud of how well she did. Also, no big deal, but you will see my name in the acknowledgements.

A huge Thank You to the participating authors! Stay tuned for the next installment of Whiteboard Confessions: UtopYA!