My first TFMU was Chicago in 2013. It was a major venture for me, both in terms of distance and cost, as I would be flying from the UK. I was also anxious about not knowing anyone, wondering if I would struggle to fit in. I was only on my second story, and felt pretty inadequate when I saw the list of all the amazing writers who were going to be there. At the same time, I was dying to meet these women who I admired so much. So, with my fan-girl credentials well and truly to the fore, I headed to the Windy City intent on enjoying myself.
And, oh man, did I enjoy myself! I have to say right here and now, I met some of the most amazing women it’s been my pleasure to encounter in my sixty years. Such extraordinary talent, all in one place was something to behold, and I was in heaven. I did it again last year, in Nashville, and Philadelphia will be my third TFMU – and I’m counting the bloody days.
And it’s not just about the social side of things – although that’s a big part. I love the ‘Inside the Writers’ Studio’ session, where we get to hear from some great authors and ask them about their art. I’ve now met so many of my TwiFic heroines – Shay Savage, Planet Blue, SheViking, Katinki, Livie79, Ooza and many more fantastic authors – and this year I’m beside myself with excitement to meet Edward’s Eternal and Shadow Masen, who is the author of my current absolute favourite WIP, Come Back Tomorrow.
It’s expensive for me, especially as I have to have a room to myself (sorry, I can’t do sharing – I’m not even that keen on sharing a room with a bloke I’m shagging!) but as long as I can keep finding the money, and the brilliant women who put so much time and effort into organising it continue to do it, I’m gonna be there.
Roll on 25 June!