Priest was there with friends and fellow authors Mario Acevedo, Mark Henry (a.k.a. mdhenry), and Caitlin Kittredge for what they're calling the Paranormal Bender Tour. They attracted a small but decently attentive audience for an hour's worth of chatting, followed by hand-shaking and book-signing. They warned us that they were on the second-to-last day of a grueling-enough tour (which has included ratty hotels and witnessing a beating in San Diego) that they were a little tired and low-energy. We understood, and treated them gently. I tried getting them to laugh, and even succeeded! (Acevedo announced at the start there'd be a raffle for a prize. The prize turned out to be a Devil Ducky, but I stole a line from Don Geronimo and guessed "A million dollars: a dollar a year for the next million years.")
The authors talked about what spawned their various books and series, how they knew each other (and how they're part of a group called The League of Reluctant Adults), their reading and writing history, and general anecdotes. They answered my question about how they conceived their various series: often they hadn't, but if an editor thought it could support a series, they'd figure out what else they could tell! Priest referred to "TOH stories," or "Top Of Head" stories, a term she'd learned when she worked at newspapers, to describe how quickly ideas for sequels sometimes come to them.
I spoke one-on-one with cmpriest after the main talk, and she recognized my name from LJ. She convinced me to get a signature in my copy of her novel Fathom, which I'd brought with me. (I'm not usually an asking-for-signatures type reader, but as Mike Russell knows, I'm a "showing support" type reader who likes authors to know someone has their work!) I drove home uneventfully, and I hope the authors are continuing on their way uneventfully.
Um, I know the title "The Care and Feeding of Authors" implies I helped them get fed. I didn't. (I made sure s00j got fed that one time, so I can if needed.) "The Care of" just sounds incomplete on its own.