1) Rick Bragg is not just a journalist, not just a writer (a Pulitzer Prize winner at that), and not just an Alabama football fan (brave man talking about how much he loves Bama football in a room full of LSU fans) – no, Rick Bragg is an ENTERTAINER. Listening to him made me feel like I was sitting at a family reunion hearing stories from a favorite uncle. You just want to buy the man a drink (coffee, beer, whatever…) and listen. He is a MASTER storyteller.
2) The title of the panels is really more of a suggestion of what the presentations may cover. I took home a lot of great information, but some of it wasn’t what I intended to learn about.
3) Out of all of the presenters, authors, speakers I had the privilege of meeting (quite a few!), almost all of them were gracious, kind, and generous. And, most of them seemed passionate about their craft, passionate about their readers, and happy to be there.
I learned about researching ghost stories, the psychology of heroes and villains, breaking and entering the publishing business, researching and writing family biography and local history, what’s worth remembering and writing in color.
That’s not all the panels I attended, but those are the ones that were the most helpful, the most engaging.
So, readers, if you don’t already know them, here are some of the authors I met during the conference, their genres and links to their websites:
Barbara Sillery – ghost stories
Dr. H.D. Kirkpatrick – contemporary fiction murder mysteries
Mary Kay Andrews – mystery
Eileen Dryer – romance
And, Rick Bragg – essayist, memoirs
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