The West Coast Fiction Festival – an author signing event and fund raiser for Share the Dignity – was quite the buzz in writing circles in Perth last weekend. It was held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on Saturday November 3rd and was a staggering success. Congratulations are well deserved and are extended to all who were involved in organising the event.
Socialising all day is a rare thing in my books! So meeting so many authors who were new to me as well as some I know was both exciting and somewhat overwhelming!
Before leaving home I grabbed my signing board and a couple of colourful pens. It was a challenge covering the whole room filled with some many authors and I am thrilled to have captured as many signatures as I have. The board now hangs above my writing desk. It almost vibrates with heaps of positive energy as I recall the open, friendly chats with so many authors and readers.
It’s amazing what social media does, too! Comments like, ‘Haven’t I met you before?’ was sometimes answered with yes, at such and such (like the Perth Writer’s Festival or a book signing event.) And other times, after introductions, ‘Oh, I recognise you from social media. It’s great to meet you in person!’ It was like arriving in a room where I barely knew anyone and coming away with a sense of having made more friends and of getting to know some that bit better.
One of the most exciting things for me was the unequivocal encouragement from every author I spoke to. I am in the throes of writing my first women’s fiction novel and it is a huge learning curve. I am deeply touched by the supportive comments and advice offered by everyone I talked with. A huge thank you!
It was a pleasure to sit briefly with the lovely Michelle Greening at her Just Add Passion Emporium stall and to also chat with Carolyn Wren right next door. I met the lovely Amy Broom and indulged in buying some of her skin care products.
I learnt about streaming audio books and movies from public libraries from the Joondalup Library representative and know that even though I’m in the Perth Hills this service is widely available.
After chatting with Karen McDermott I’m convinced magic is in the air! Perhaps Serenity Press has a place in my future. Certainly, I am inspired to continue writing my children’s book based on storytelling to my two daughters during their early years.
It was great to touch base with Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Barbara Gurney, Monique Mulligan, P.L. Harris and Carolyn Wren whose stories I enjoyed reading, along with several others, in the Serenity Press Anthology, A Bouquet of Love.
One of my loves is family history and I’m looking for ideas on how to integrate my extensive resources captured in old family letters and photos into a novel. Victoria Purman’s The Last of the Bonegilla Girls caught my attention with its link to her family history.
Fleur McDonald’s proof edition of Red Dust will make a great bedtime read as will Minnie Darke’s Star Crossed uncorrected advanced proof.
Fiona Palmer’s The Recruit will make a change from my usual reading and I look forward to seeing if YA is something I can have a go at!
Claire Boston’s Self-Editing: The Beginner Writer’s Toolkit caught my eye a few months ago at Just Add Passion WA Author Day. I’ve already found it helpful! (And the suggestion to purchase The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is much appreciated. Thanks Claire.)
I met and chatted with so many more authors! After about four or five hours I was at saturation point and came home with a modest pile of books to read (unlike some avid readers who had suitcases worth! I know! I saw them for real!)
At the evening cocktail event it was announced that a staggering $18,000 was raised for Share the Dignity. Congratulations to all involved on the astounding success of the first ever West Coast Fiction Festival. I hope there’s more planned for the future.