Hello all! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after returning from my trip to San Diego. It always takes a few days to catch up, sort through all the emails, and compile the massive To-Do list before I start working my way through it. I couldn't hope to chronicle everything I did during that amazing week or this post would be ginormous. I had an amazing time at GRL in San Diego. It was so great to see old friends and meet new ones. There were folks I chat to online who were able to make it for the first time, so I got to put more faces to names and give them hugs. One of my lovely readers cosplayed as Dex from the THIRDS and I was just completely in awe. I never thought I’d see the day someone would dress up as one of my characters. I was just blown away, and I was gifted Dex’s name badge which was just the ultimate awesomeness.
Getting to meet my readers was just the most wonderful experience. It always is. I was touched by everyone's love for these books. Regina—our cosplaying THIRDS Nerd—gifted me a 5lb bag of gummy bears which I munched during my signing and the rest I shared with folks--because we all know I would have eaten them otherwise. Mmm, gummy bears. I was also gifted this fabulous T-shirt by Cathy and Lindsey, which had me laughing often. Dex wants to steal it to bug Sloane with it but he can't have it.
Dex made it to the con in one piece and he was loving the attention. Ash will never hear the end of it. Thank you so much to the lovely ladies who volunteered to have me ship swag and poles to them and then carted all my swag to the hotel. I got to take a picture with the adorable Skip & Pip, and just swooned over my Dex & Sloane pony buttons made by the amazing Catherine Dair who I got to hang out with.
On Wednesday I went to San Diego and had a fabulous time with an amazing group of folks. I saw this fella soon as we walked in and knew I had to have a picture, especially since I’d dubbed him Ash.
We got to ride a purple bus around the park which was so much fun. I felt like a kid drinking my lemonade ICEE—which was so good in the heat—and taking pictures with the gang in the photo op spots. We ate at the tastiest Mexican food restaurant after a trip to the Hotel del Coronado.
On Thursday the events began. I was a little nervous about my Q&A with awesome authors Rhys Ford and Lisa Henry. But when I sat down behind the mic, Rhys presented me with my little T-Rex friend, complete with flower and dinosaur sound effects—because Rhys is just amazing and I love her to bits—and I was just so happy and moved. The Q&A was fantastic. Not only did I have a great time chatting to folks about my books, but I got to listen to Rhys and Lisa talk about their stories, characters, and writing process.
On Friday I had some mouthwatering Korean Food with a fantastic group of folks over at the Zion Market before heading to Big Joy Family Inc where I was introduced to Vietnamese coffee A.K.A Nectar of the Gods. I got to hear Greg Tremblay read from some fabulous books by Rhys Ford, Mary Calmes, and Jamie Samms.
The events were fabulous and I had a wonderful time at everything from the panels, to the signing, to the parties. I got to dance along to songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, danced with the amazing Z.A. Maxfield—who didn’t recognized me in my costume. It was fun seeing folks not realize it was me in the white bob. MJ O'Shea did an amazing job with everyone's makeup. I was Mr. Freeze (Mrs. Freeze?) as part of the DC Villains costume collective. Everyone looked so amazing! My own mom didn't recognize me in the photo which says something. LOL. For more fabulous pics of the costume party, you can find them in my Facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
I often get asked what my favorite part of GRL is, and I have to say it’s the people. As a full time writer, this is my career, but who says I can’t have fun while working? After all, I’m very lucky that I get to do what I love. Just meeting and hanging out with all these folks who love our genre is a gift. This is a place where you can be surrounded by like-minded people who have come together to celebrate this incredible genre, and I hope to never lose sight of that.
A big thank you to Barb and Mary Taylor who were always ready for a Starbucks run, always there to lend a helping hand, and are just the sweetest people. To my awesome roomie Kim Fielding, it's always a pleasure. To all the THIRDS Nerds and readers who came to see me, who said hello, asked for a hug or a photo, who chatted, brought cookies, laughed with me about Dex’s antics, who offered their support, or a shy smile, I thank you. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing group. I am in awe of the love and support you’ve given me and my books.
To all my fellow authors and friends—too many to list here, but you know who you are—who have inspired me, supported me, offered me comfort and kindness, who’ve made me laugh, smile, and provided a steady stream of amazing hugs. To Poppy and Amy, my mama bears whose smiles alone brighten my day. I never feel lost when you're around. A thank you to my awesome publisher Dreamspinner who’s helped put me on this path. To everyone who hung out with me, who shared a little piece of their hearts with me.
Thank you to everyone, whether we met in person or chat virtually, I appreciate you being there. You’re all stars in the night sky shining bright, don’t let anyone make you feel less than radiant. <3
GRL Giveaway Winners
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the GRL giveaway for those who were unable to attend. I have two GRL Swag bags, plus four tote bags with character cards as runner up prizes. I’ll be emailing everyone by the end of the weekend to arrange delivery of your goodies.
GRL Swag tote bag 1: meljtyeauthor
GRL Swag tote bag 2: Meredith King
Tote bag + character cards: Verena
Tote bag + character cards: babybw
Tote bag + character cards: fede1974
Tote bag + character cards: Katelyn S.
If you didn’t win, have no fear, there will be plenty more giveaways coming soon. Thank you!