I’ve been a reader for half a century. There you go, guys, you get to do the numbers and calculate my age, but it’s true, I’ve been reading FOREVER since dirt was new! And it never ever gets old. What? Well meeting my favorite authors. I’m very fortunate that I’m able to meet some of the goddesses (and gods) who channel muses and create wonderful and imaginative worlds for me to enjoy. And this week is like reaching a stage of nirvana or whatever is really a special place. It’s the annual conference of Romance Writers of America. So many authors in one space. Wow!
So, if you’ve been following on our Twitter or on Facebook you know a wee bit about what we’ve been doing, who we’re meeting, and books we’re getting. But I wanted to talk about what it means to me as a reader, an addict to books if you will. It’s like being surrounded by friends I’ve known for years, creators of worlds with characters who have aided my education, stories that gave me a few hours away from stress and sadness to keep going, examples to follow that inspired me to success and sometimes just to “hang in there.” So when I meet Jayne Ann Krentz in the restaurant, or Susan Elizabeth Phillips in the hall, it’s a real thrill. To see Jim Butcher with his wife, Shannon Butcher passing in a corridor is like an early Christmas present. Or being hailed by Cherry Adair is always a memorable moment (she coordinates from head to toe!
Getting a hug from Elizabeth Hoyt or a wave from Celeste Bradley brings a smile to my face and an extra beat to my heart. And to finally meet the amazing Anne Gracie and Joanna Bourne in person, well, words honestly failed me! (Ladies, write faster for pity sakes and put me out of my misery.) And spying the master Brenda Jackson across a restaurant at breakfast, we could always say ate together, no? is priceless!
So, to share with you we’ve got a couple of special things…first pictures from the Fresh Fiction team adventures at RWA and signed books for this weekend plus many many more in August for our fifth anniversary. And we tried very hard to get photos of Peaches our Fresh Fiction Desert Fox/Vixen mascot with some of YOUR favorite authors as well. So please check them out and let us know how we did!
Until next time…
Get out there and READ a book…
Join us at Readers ‘n ‘ritas November 13-15, 2009!