Inside The RT 2012 Giant Saturday Book Fair!

With over 300 authors in attendance, today’s annual book fair was a buffet of writers and the thousands of readers who came out to celebrate them. Convention attendees mixed with the general public, and everyone had something to say — and a laundry list of authors to see.

Francine Pascal, Sue Grafton, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and James Rollins were among the headlining authors and the lines to get your books signed by one of these big names snaked around the room. But mixed among the crowd were other reader favorites like J.R. Ward, BJ Daniels and JA Konrath. And this year the “YA Alley” housed over 60 young adult authors all looking forward to meeting fans. Authors of world renown, such as Alyson Noel, Ally Carter and Melissa de la Cruz and Kelly Armstrong, joined new-school writers like Veronica Roth, Amy Plum and Colleen Houck.

For everyone who couldn't make it to the event, we wanted to share some inside tidbits from some of our favorite authors. So we asked a group of writers to tell us something about themselves that readers might not know, and then something about their heroine that they have not shared before.

Contemporary author Louisa Edwards told us an interesting fact that relates back to her recent books. The author said that she learned to cook from both of her parents. And when we asked Edwards about the heroine of her first book in the Sanctuary Island series that will launch in spring 2013, the writer said, “This woman has been a tricky character to get to know, but my hero won’t let go of her!”

Kieran Kramer told us that readers might not know that she is absolutely nuts for gelato. Readers might also not know that Kramer will be releasing a new series titled the House of Brady about six adult aristocratic siblings from a blended marriage. And a secret about heroine Marcia from the September series starter, Loving Lady Marcia, is that the heroine can’t stand horses because she’s afraid of them.

YA author Stephanie Perkins revealed that she only wears stripped socks. And because she couldn’t tell us more about Isla (pronounced “eye-la” the heroine of Isla and the Happily Ever After which will be out next year) she let us know that Cricket, the hero of Lola and the Boy Next Door was originally a botanist in early drafts of the story.

Ilona Andrews (the co-writing husband and wife team Gordon and Ilona) told us that they are wine snobs, and Gordon chimed in, “I’m a terrible beer snob”. But we know that readers are all really dying to hear more about Andrea Nash, the heroine of the upcoming novel Gunmetal Magic, which starts a new series in Kate Daniels world. Andrea’s story will be out on July 31st and the authors revealed, “Andrea is very girly in her habits. There’s girlie décor, linens and chandeliers in her home.”

Author James Rollins says something readers might not know about him is that he has the extraordinary talent of being able to neuter a cat in under 30 seconds. And since Rollins writes terrific male characters, instead of asking him about an upcoming heroine, we wanted to know what we can expect from his next hero Tucker Wayne from the July release Bloodline. The author told us that Tucker, a former Army Ranger Captain, has one military war dog named Kane, used to have two dogs. (What happened to the other dog is still a mystery.)

This year we also welcomed non-fiction authors to the book fair. Smart Bitch blogger Sarah Wendell who has several books out, including her latest Everything I Know About Love, I Learned From Romance Novels, said that something that fans might not know is that she is a sucker for all bread recipes (so if you have one to share, she wants to know what it is). And since she doesn’t have heroine of her own, but instead focuses on dissecting other’s heroines, we asked her something she is seeing in female romance characters that she has not had a chance to blog about. Wendell says that she is in love with the increase in heroines interested in academia and scholarly pursuits — especially in historicals.

We want to say a huge thank you for all the wonderful authors at the Giant Book Fair and we hope to see you again at next year's RT Booklovers Convention.