February 28th, 2007
RWA Meeting

Last night I went to an RWA meeting to hear Kathryn Falk speak. I must say going into the talk I knew very little about her beyond the fact that she’d started the Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine. Once she started speaking, I found myself enthralled by her life. She has led quite an interesting and full existence on this planet. The kind of life that you can look back and smile upon. I won’t go into all the stories that she shared. It’s kind of one of those things you have to ‘hear’ to fully appreciate.

Anyway, I asked her where she thought the next Romantic Times Convention might be held (2009). She said that Denver is wooing them, but she’s open to hearing from other cities. Personally, I hope Denver wins. It’s a pretty cool town.

Someone also asked what she saw coming in the industry. I found her answers pretty interesting. She said that urban fantasy is going to become even more popular as it blends with other genres. That seemed to be the big thing, genre blending. (You have no idea how much I hope that she’s right…says the woman who’s never been able to write in one genre.) She also thinks that psychic storylines will explode over the next couple of years. She said that she used to know someone at Pocket that told her the easiest way to predict what the next publishing trend will be is to pay attention to what’s on television. Whatever is on television now will be the popular genre in two years. I found that pretty interesting, especially since it seems to be holding true. All in all, I really enjoyed her talk.

And for those of you looking for a good (and DIFFERENT) kind of read, pick up Vicki Pettersson’s Scent of Shadows. You will not be disappointed.

8 comments to “RWA Meeting”

  1. Fascinating. TV plus two years…Must ponder this. I do hope she’s right about urban fantasy! Especially the blending.

  2. Charli, I thought it was really interesting too. Made me think back about what was big two years ago. Me too on the blending. Fingers and toes crossed.

  3. That’s interesting. I thought I’d noticed a tv/publishing sort of link before, but wasn’t sure which way it went, lol.

    And great news about the genre blending! 😀

  4. Raine, I had too, but I don’t think I gave it a lot of thought. But I will now.

  5. I would have figured TV always followed fiction writing, as in Dexter; but now that I think about it, there have been a myriad of Star Trek novels published after the series. Comic books are a genre that follows TV series writing with popular offshoots, such as CSI, Buffy, and Angel among many others.

  6. Bernard, I think it’s a bit of both. You have shows developed from books like Dexter and Dresden Files, then you have books that’ll come out mirroring shows like Buffy, Medium, Ghost Whispering, etc.

  7. Interesting stuff, Jordan. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be paying closer attention to what’s hot of tv now. Great news to hear about the urban fantasy/genre blending.

  8. Jaq, Well if it holds true, she’ll be right about the psychic thing in a year or two. And the CSI, although with Vivi Anna’s new Nocturne that’s been covered. 🙂