Harry Heckel, Josh (J. R.) Wagner and Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
I was at the Maryland Book Festival this week-end invited by the SF and Fantasy Writers of America.
Apart from a reading, I participated in two panels: Crossing Genres Big Time and YA Dreams: What’s Hot and What’s Not.
It was an amazing and humbling experience to be with such dedicated, passionate and hard-working group of writers. They came from all kinds of backgrounds, ages and experiences, but they all shared an undying love for storytelling and a stubborn determination not to give up.
Here are ten things I learned at the Festival.
- The SF and Fantasy writers are quiet a fantastic bunch.
- Paranormal is still hot. Lucky me.
- Romance is here to stay. No surprise there.
- Fairy Tales will never die. They are, after all, a part of our collective subconscious.
- Be afraid, werewolves, vampires and Greek Gods are real and walk among us. Actually, don’t be surprised if you find out you are one of them.
- If your first book don’t sell, keep writing.
- If you hit a wall while writing, keep writing.
- If you ever want to succeed as a writer, keep writing.
- Writing is an addiction. You are not a writer because you write, you write because you are a writer and hard as you try you can’t help yourself: You have to write.