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UCF Book Festival

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 2, 2012

March 31, 2012

This was my first year participating in this illustrious event. Last Friday evening, my husband and I attended the author reception on campus. It was a delightful event where we mingled with other authors while sipping wine and eating shrimp appetizers, stuffed mushrooms, baked brie in pastry, and more. A chocolate fountain tempted our sweet tooth with marshmallows and pound cake to dip. There was a brief welcome talk and then everyone dispersed.


Daniel & Michael Palmer, Nancy Cohen, Neil Plakcy


Neil Plakcy and Nancy Cohen

The next day, I arrived at the UCF Arena and made my way through the building’s maze to the author hospitality suite on the third level. Here our sponsors offered snacks throughout the day. I greeted my fellow panelists, Bob Morris and Neil S. Plakcy, and we headed for our allotted room. Our panel, “Killing People in Exotic Places”, brought a good crowd—mostly young aspiring writers. They asked intelligent questions and kept the conversation flowing. All three of us speakers set our stories in tropical locales, from Florida to the Caribbean to Hawaii. We discussed how the setting influences our work and dispensed writing tips to the audience. A brief signing followed in the main arena lobby.

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Nancy Cohen, Neil Plakcy, Bob Morris

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Nancy J. Cohen

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Neil and Nancy


Bob, Neil and Nancy

On Sunday, we met our kids and tried to go to CSI: The Experience, but it hadn’t opened yet. This attraction looks like fun but we’ll have to wait until our next trip to Orlando. It’s on International Drive next to the Titanic exhibit. Instead, we explored Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, had lunch in the fast-food restaurant, and strolled the landscaped grounds. Dinner was at House of Blues in Downtown Disney.

Here’s a parting shot of our latest friend, the alligator in the lake by our condo.


The gator looks like a log on the water.


On Wednesday, April 4, I am guest blogging over at The Lady Killers on the theme of Second Choices and how it relates to Shear Murder. Please drop by and leave a comment!


3 Responses to “UCF Book Festival”

  1. Wow! What a thrill! Wish I could have been there to hear you speak!

  2. Maureen Hayes said

    This is how I k ow we’d be fast friends if ever we got the chance to meet – you describe all the food you had at each place, ya gotta love a gal who loves her food! That chocolate fountain sounded divine!

    Seriously, you always provide so much good info in your potshots, whether you are giving tips on writing or telling us about your travels. Thanks for keeping it interesting. I will come by and check you out on Wed. at The Lady Killers.

  3. Mary and Maureen, I always appreciate your stopping by my blogs and leaving comments.

    Maureen: I do love food! LOL!

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