Last year I discovered the group, Authors in the Park, that put together events that focus on local talent. I was excited to have a chance to be a part of their most recent event, Booktoberfest, which was held in Mount Dora, FL on October 5. The idea was to combine the food and fun of Octoberfest with a costume contest based on characters from the books of the authors present.
I struggled with which of my characters to dress up as since they are regular, everyday people you might meet in the grocery store. Some of the other characters were pirates, race car drivers, even a flying horse. After lots of consideration, I decided to go as Michelle Burton, the muscian in Summer Storms and Winter’s End. I have to say, it’s interesting to take on the persona of a character I have been developing over the past two years. I even think it may give me a bit more insight into her as she appears in the next Seasons fo Faith book.
I had the chance to talk with other authors and talk about trends in the publishing industry. I also met, Keith Rommel, who I’ve seen on Facebook and Twitter, but putting a real person to the profile was really nice. One of his books, The Cursed Man is being made into a movie and it was interesting to learn some of the details of the production process. All of the authors were obviously passionate about their books and being around them helped to rejuvinate my own muses.
I thought you might enjoy seeing authors dressed as the characters they create.