It started with our son turning ten and becoming interested in gaming. Both my husband and I had gone to science fiction cons when we were much younger. We decided to try Lunacon and had a blast. My writing had just been published for the first time (my first sale was over 20 years ago but the magazine folded before publication) and I was huffed.
Over the past six years we've added on Philcon, the Steampunk World's Faire, Connecticon for our gaming son, and World Horror Con as my big treat.
Although I've now sold over 20 short stories and am working on my third urban fantasy novel, it's a toss up whether sitting on panels and doing readings is expanding my fan base. Perhaps I'm being impatient. As KT Pinto twittered to me, her experience at cons has lead to the widening of her fan base.
For me conventions are a chance to relax with my family, watch panels, sit on panels and do readings. Also, it gives me a chance to meet face to face writers that I usually only know through the internet.
Anyway a shout out to the Broads from Broad Universe with whom I did a Rapid Fire Reading: Sarah Avery, Gail Z. Martin, Jennifer Pelland, Roberta Rogow (and Danielle Ackley-McPhail who couldn't make it.) Also, it was with great pleasure that I met with Carole Ann Moleti.