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First Paranormal/Fantasy Young Adult Book Convention for Women Authors and the Fans Who Love Them Announced

Nashville, TN — UtopYA, the first convention for female, paranormal/fantasy young adult authors and the readers who love them, descends on the beautiful Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN on July 6 & 7, 8 2012.

Created by Janet Wallace, UtopYA is the first convention of its kind. It’s primary purpose is to raise the profile and awareness of women authors of the genre and connect them with the fans who love them.

“I wanted to celebrate not only the rising female stars in the YA world, but give female fans young and old(er) a place where they can swoon over their favorite male characters, and champion their favorite female characters in a welcoming environment,” said Wallace. “In addition, as more aspiring female authors take on digital self-publishing, one of the central themes of this convention is education and networking for such purposes.”

UtopYA will have fan and author session tracks. So, whether attendees are aspiring or established YA paranormal/fantasy authors or just avid readers of the genre, the panels, filled with experts and authors alike, will have something for everyone. There will also be a game room, book trailer screenings, special signings and meet-and-greet opportunities.

Already home to the epic Southern Festival of Books, and known as the “Athens of the South,” Nashville is the perfect place to embrace mythology, creativity and heart. Located right off legendary Music Row, Scarritt-Bennett Center is an oasis modeled after the universities in Oxford England. A bit like Hogwarts, it’s fit with massive dining hall, dorm rooms and labyrinth.

Young adult fiction, or YA as it’s commonly known, is written for, published and marketed to teens and young adults. It’s intention was for readers somewhere between fouteen and twenty-one years old. However today, YA literature, specifically paranormal, dystopian and fantasy novels, such as Hunger Games and the Twilight saga have propelled the genre into the mainstream, garnering fans of all ages.

“Whether you’re into dystopian futures, werewolves, vampires, magi, wizards, gods and goddesses, shapeshifters, fairies, elves, angels, demons, demigods or jinn, this unconventional convention is for you,” said Wallace.

Stay tuned for updates on tickets, sessions, confirmed authors and much much more.

Media inquiries, sponsorship opportunities or interested authors, please contact:

Contact: Janet Wallace, UtopYAcon [at] gmail [dot] com.

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