The first panel included three authors: Megan McCafferty (the Jessica Darling series), Norma Jarrett (The Sunday Brunch, and Sweet Magnolias), and Kathleen McCleary (House and Home).
My entire purpose for attending was to meet Kathleen. I enjoyed her book and have exchanged a few emails with her. Imagine my pleasure when she knew who I was as soon as I told her my name!
I videoed part of the panel discussion using my digital camera ... sorry if it's a bit bumpy. This first video is Kathleen talking about her book, and reading the first paragraph.
One of the first questions asked of Kathleen was "What website did you use for that novel writing class?" Here's her answer:
A question I loved was "What are you reading now?" Here are answers from all three authors:
Another questions was "Do you have another job, or are you a full-time author?"
- Megan is a mom too! Her child will be 6 soon.
- Norma teaches business law and ethics part time.
- Kathleen is now a full time author.
After the panel I had a chance to speak with Kathleen again. She was kind enough to sign my book, and even wrote a little note rather than just her signature.
It was a lovely evening! I enjoyed hearing from the other two authors as well. I haven't read any of their books ... if you have, let me know what you think.
I'll be back at the Book Festival tomorrow - I can't wait!
We ended up staying for the 2nd panel, but that post will have to come later as I'm ready for bed now.
PS. Click here to read my review of House and Home. Also, Kathy did an interview at this blog - if you scroll to the bottom, you can read about her next book.