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Romance author convention comes to Lebanon

Sinclaire Sparkman • Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Lebanon is the location for this year’s Indie Romance Convention, a gathering of romance authors and readers that focuses on the independent romance publishing industry.

The convention will provide workshops, panels, networking and a book signing. It is meant for readers as well as all indie, hybrid and small press romance authors with books published in any of the romance subgenres – including Christian, young adult, new adult, paranormal, science fiction, western, mystery, fantasy, hardcore and anything in between.

Susan B. Alexander is one of the indie authors that will be setting up a table at the event. She’s a fan of paranormal suspense books when she is reading, and when she began writing four years ago, it was a book about vampires that has since morphed into a paranormal romance blend.  

“I just found it really cool how you can kind of meld the two, suspense and thriller, into a romance. It just gives more depth to the characters,” Alexander said.

Since she began writing and publishing her books, she has had to quit her corporate job in sales to take care of her husband who has been diagnosed with ALS. She said being at home also gives her more time to focus on writing. They currently live in California.

Right now, she is writing her fourth book in her second series, the Maxwell series, a series about four brothers in various lifestyles.

“All of these books are different not because each brother has his own story, obviously they do, but it’s also because of the women they meet,” Alexander said.

The first book of the new series was inspired by her dream of playing baseball. Growing up in Boston, she was a big fan of the Red Sox.

“I’m a huge fan, always wanted to play baseball. Back when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s girls weren’t allowed to play the game, so I wrote a book about a girl playing baseball,” Alexander said.

The newest Maxwell series book came out in September.

Alexander is coming to Tennessee for the first time to attend the Indie Romance Convention.

“A lot of signings are just signings, but [the Indie Romance Convention] has workshops on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Alexander said.

She is most looking forward to the workshop called “How to write steamy scenes without sounding like a prude,” which is hosted by Natalie Decker.

Some sessions at the conference are tailored more for authors or for readers, while others are intended for both groups.

The convention will be held Oct. 6-8 at Comfort Suites in Lebanon. On-site registration will be Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the hotel meeting room. All events and activities will end the night of Oct. 8. No one under 18 will be admitted to the event.

There will be opportunities for photos and book signings with attending authors Oct. 8 from 2-5 p.m.

Attending authors will include Jacqueline Rhoades, Julia Sykes, Lucy Kelly, Claire Granger, Maggie Adams, Kris Hack, H.K. Szcsesiak, Renee Kennedy, Dawn Jones, L.K. Shaw, Lynn Sutton, Karen Gordon, Natalie Decker, S.B. Alexander, Jamie Marchant, G.A. Hurst and Nikky Kaye.

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