Michelle Rowen

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Ghouls Gone Wild

I had a great time on Thursday night at the Ghouls’ Night Out with Kelley Armstrong and Eve Silver. The people at the St. Thomas Public Library were so gracious and wonderful! Thank you so much to Paul and Kim and the awesome staff there as well as everyone who came out to give us such a fab time!

We each read a short excerpt from our books. I’m sure it might have been rather obvious, but I’d actually never done a public reading before. I can answer questions and do panel stuff with tons of confidence, but the reading was a little shaky — I’ll admit it!! Practice makes perfect, they say, and I’m going to look for more opportunities in the future to practice this. However, my snippet from Bitten & Smitten went over very well, I think. I chose the one when Sarah first meets Quinn, since I felt that was a good scene that encompassed everything in my writing from romance, to humor, to paranormal. I’ve never gotten immediate reaction from my writing before, and through my nerves I did hear some laughs — and in the right places! — so that was a-okay.

Me and Eve drove together and stayed over at a local hotel so I got to chat with her lots. Plus, we had dinner at a cute Mexican restaurant with Kelley — and I grilled Kelley shamelessly about the next book in her YA series (since I’m a sucker for romance I wanted to know more about that angle and who and when and where, etc). I was satisfied with the answers she provided. And no, I won’t say any more than that. However, I am on Team Derek. ;)

Mary gave us each a very cool handmade bead as well as a copy of a graphic novel she had a hand in illustrating. Thank you Mary!

There were lots of pumpkins there — since it was a Halloween event — and the coolest thing is three of them were carved with our names! We were allowed to take them with us. I mean, come on, people! How often do you get your name carved into a pumpkin?? That totally rocked.

There’s more of a run down over on Kim’s blog (whom I also stole the pic of the three pumpkins from because mine was a bit overexposed).

Thank you St. Thomas Public Library! I had a ghoulishly good time!

4 comments to “Ghouls Gone Wild”

  1. Carolynn
     · November 1st, 2008 at 2:02 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had such a great experience! I’d probably die of fright having to read my work aloud, seriously. Your pumpkins are awesome, too!

    So when are the “ghouls” traveling south of the border to New York? ;)

  2. Amy Ruttan
     · November 1st, 2008 at 8:25 pm · Link

    I wish I could have been there!! :(

    I’m on team Derek to btw. ;)

  3. Eve Silver
     · November 2nd, 2008 at 9:06 am · Link

    Mich, it was great hanging out with you and Kelley, and the whole event was so much fun. Great pics, BTW!

  4. Mary MacVoy
     · November 14th, 2008 at 8:43 pm · Link

    It was great meeting you, Michelle, and I think you did a very good job with your reading and question period…didn’t look nervous at all!

    I’ve enjoyed reading the rest of the book that you did the exerpt from and have been reading the others that STPL carries.

    Keep the witty banter coming! You GO girl!

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