Friday, August 3, 2012

There are no glass slippers here

So first things first. We finally have cover art for Nine Lives of an Urban Panther. Out August 21st. There will be a MASSIVE give-away for the big release announced here next month. Stay tuned.

Okay, now that's out of the way, I can talk about the weirdest part of my trip to RWA. Yes, I managed to survive five days of romance writers packed into the Anaheim Marriott and we all had an amazing time. There was much networking, crafting, and general good fun.

However, while perhaps at the bar with some authors who will not be named (but if you ask me, I will totally tell you), we met a group of young men who were fascinated by the fact that we were romance writers. Once they got over their star-struck shyness, one of them asked me, "What does your day as a writer look like?"

I'm pretty sure he thought I'd say, "I wake up in my satin robe and eat chocolates and type until my fingers burn."

We writers talk a lot about our image as writers. We know that people think of writers as crazy people with pencils in their hair and drinking their fifth cup of coffee. To dissuade any thoughts of fluffy high-heeled slippers, I was honest with this young man. I work a 40 work week at a desk job, and then come home and transform into the awesomeness that is Amanda Arista, the author.

Okay, its really not that awesome, but its not all typing away at the computer. And I don't feel I eat nearly enough chocolate.

This is my life.

I go to work.

I come home and get attacked by my dogs.

On the weekends, I try to do something new, like get in touch with my Italian side by making wine.

I do make stuff with lots of chocolate, so that might not just be a myth.

I sit around and drink coffee. So the coffee part is completely true.

Life is how you interpret it. I interpret mine as pretty darn awesome and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Thank you for being a part of it as my Supernatural Underground family.

 Amanda Arista


Helen Lowe said...

Very cool, Amanda -- the dogs look great, btw!

Jocelynn Drake said...

Ha! Loved your post!

Amy Valentini said...

LOL! Hi Amanda, I love your post and the new cover, omg, it's fantastic! Can't wait to read it!
Wouldn't it truly be grand if writers really did sit around in some fantastic office that inspires and soothes the muse so the words just flowed from our fingertips? ; )
Growing up, I did have an image of a writer having big desk, leather chair, surrounded by shelves and shelves of books, smoking a pipe and weaving grand stories. The truth is more like catching moments here and there between errands, laundry, taking the dog out to poop and cleaning up husband messes, right? ; )
Glad you had a great time in CA and love the pics with you and Miss Karina - two gorgeous gals!

Terri Garey said...

Amanda, you left out the most important part... were they CUTE guys? :)

Sharon Stogner said...

lol! You should have messed with those guys minds! how fun! Congrats on your success and showing a picture of that chocolate was kind of must repent and send some to everyone who comments here

Denise Z said...

Coffee? Chocolate? Say no more I am a fan for life LOL Thank you for sharing with us today.

KerrelynSparks said...

Hi Amanda! I took a photo of you at the RWA literacy signing. Let me know if you'd like a copy. LOL on the guys talking to you at the bar-- at my age, that never happens!


Bonnie said...

Your puppies are so cute. I loved the post!