Surviving GRL as an Introvert
By Lissa Kasey/Sam Kadence
GRL is an event for people to meet, talk, and connect. The thought of which makes me want to stay home and read. LOL. I’m an introvert. And for all those extroverts out there, that means it takes a lot of energy to stay focused on anyone talking to me. It sort of makes me sleepy when someone is just going on and on. Not that it’s not interesting. It’s just I’m internal instead of external.
I’ve been to a few events this year. And it’s my first year being out there as two people: Lissa Kasey and Sam Kadence. I write both adult and YA, but since I skipped all events last year, this is the first time I’ve had to learn to sign two names. (It’s harder than you think!) I did Rainbow con this year which was small but had some great events for YA writers, so that helped. I also went to the DSP workshop which was bigger and a little more intense. I don’t mingle well, and sorry to any I may have offended with my awkwardness—sorry PD Singer.
This will be my third GRL. The first was the best so far, because it was small. I got to talk to people, there were events that I could do and not have to talk to anyone, and the hotel was easy to navigate so if I needed me time—which happens often—I could escape. The second year was a little bigger and harder for me to meet new people. I stuck with my group and avoided being social, but I was also going through other things that most of my followers already know about.
Didn’t attend last year so I’m pretty nervous about this year. Unlike most I don’t have a social anxiety disorder. I have a general anxiety disorder so everything makes me nervous. Not just people. My introversion just makes recharging after socializing harder. I know there are a lot of others out there like me. Folks who are social awkward, introverts, with a brain that runs away with them, and I can honestly say fun will still be had.
I’ve met some of the most amazing people at these conventions and some of my best writing pals. I shy away from the more outspoken folks because they have large crowds that exhaust me even from a distance, but I will still say hello and probably something stupid—this is an almost certain fact for the weekend. I’d love to talk with anyone about YA writing, Sci-fi, fantasy, or urban fantasy as there just isn’t enough in our genre.
You’ll probably find me hiding with people I know who started their journey the same time I did like Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, or Xara X. Xanakas. I’ve made new friends among bloggers and writers who don’t mind being seen with me I think, and most of which I’ve met through online and GRL events. I always look forward to meeting others even when I stick my foot in my mouth.
For those who need time away but want to still feel like you’re part of the group, feel free to come sit with me and we can watch the rest in silence. No need to converse. A short recharge is better than none, right?
About Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey
Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.
Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.
Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.
Hidden Gem is now available for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press.
About Lissa Kasey
Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and collects Asian ball joint dolls that look like her characters. She has two cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at anime conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.
About Sam Kadence
Sam Kadence has always dreamed about being someone else, somewhere else. With very little musical talent, Sam decided the only way to make those dreams come true was to try everything from cosplay at the local anime conventions to writing novels about pretending to run away to become a musician.
Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, sells textbooks for a living, enjoys taking photographs of Asian Ball Joint Dolls to tell more stories, and has eclectic taste in music from J-pop to rock and country. All of which finds its way into the books eventually.
As part of her GRL stop, Lissa is offering up a chance to win an item from her Cafe Press shop of $30 or less to one lucky winner! The giveaway starts now and will end next Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!
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