Back in Honolulu after 6 days in Orlando for the RWA national conference. I had an amazing week–its such an intense, wonderful, complex, mind numbing, exciting, overwhelming experience. You see friends, you meet readers, you talk to your editors and publicists and agent and meet new industry executives. There are book signings and lunches and teas and dinners and receptions and champagne parties. You wake up early and go to sleep long after midnight. You crave coffee and sleep, food and Tylenol and sometimes just an hour of peace and quiet.
I am so glad I went and very glad to be home as I missed all my boys so much. But I did have a great time and loved rooming with CJ Carmichael and catching up with Barb Dunlop, too. The three of us met in 1997 (1998?) at a writer’s weekend before any of us had published. We were all very different but quickly became fast friends. I also enjoyed all my visits and chats with the Harlequin Mills & Boon authors attending, particularly the Presents authors who always make a gathering a special occasion. I felt like a proud Mama when pal Megan Crane, writing for Presents as Caitlin Crews, met the Presents crowd.
Before I head to bed, let me share a few photos from Orlando. They were taken by a reader and friend, Paula, who attended the workshop I gave with Megan and Liza Palmer on Saturday morning and stopped by to chat with me at the big Literacy Signing on Wednesday night. Paula, thanks for the pics. I love them!
In honor of my Harlequin roots and my two Canadian writer buddies, CJ Carmichael and Barbara Dunlop, I’m giving away two Canadian prize packages–books by these talented writers, Canada Starbuck cards and more. Want a chance to earn a little O Canada happiness? Tell me what you’ve been doing while I’m been conferencing and you’re entered. The contest runs through Thursday night and I’ll announce the winners Friday morning. So if you have a moment, chat with me and help me settle in back home!