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How did it begin?
The idea for this exclusively online con began when I (Madeline Dyer) was looking for online cons dedicated exclusively to YA thrillers, but I couldn't find any. So, of course, I decided to set up my own. I'd already been hosting Writers In Conversation videos on YouTube, so I thought how hard can an online con be?
Turns out--very hard! There's A LOT of organising involved!
I reached out to the other authors I knew, sharing my idea for this con, and the response was great! Within a month, we had over 24 authors signed up to speak across six panels, as well as interviews, Q&As, and readings set up!
Keeping the con online was important to me--with being a disabled writer, I've faced problems before attending in-person events, and I'm very much restricted to events in my own country, the UK. Therefore, even if there wasn't currently a global pandemic, this would still be a 100% online event.
Will it be an annual event?
I'd love to make it an annual event--I love organising things like this--but I'll have to see. I've spent weeks planning this year's YA Thriller Con, and it's involved a lot of very late nights! We'll see how well this year's goes--but of course I'd love to put together something similar next year too.