I'm getting ready to leave for Indianapolis to attend the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference next week. I hadn't planned to go this time, though I enjoyed myself so much last time in Denver as you can probably tell from these photos:) After dropping out of brownies in elementary school (I'm not a groupie), I wasn't sure the conference was my cup of tea. But an editor friend of mine suggested strongly that I attend ~ and I'm so thankful she did. I didn't know a soul, went with an open mind and heart, and was amazed at all that God was doing through Christian writers. It was wonderful to be a part of that 500 or so who were there.
Everything was a bit of a blur and I still don't remember how I met Colleen, who is my roomie this year. She's from Ohio and writes speculative fiction ~ and homeschools four kids! Here we are attending the banquet on the last night of conference. The chocolate mousse above was just as good as it looks:)
Since The Frontiersman's Daughter had just come out, I had to pose with the next best thing to Ian Justus ~ Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary Agency. Only I had to stand in line to do it:) Men in kilts are quite popular, so it seems. And he was very gracious about the whole thing.
This year is particularly exciting because TFD is a finalist for the Carol Award, formerly the Book of the Year Award. I don't talk much about contests and awards as that's not my style, but to show my appreciation for the nomination I'll mention it here. With 8 finalists in the long historical category, I haven't been scribbling my acceptance speech! I'm just happy to see the book of my heart on the list. I think Lael would be pleased though she wouldn't like any fuss:) The way they introduce the finalists is quite clever. They quote the first line from each book. Some are quite memorable. I'm guessing you don't remember mine but bless you if you do!
Have you ever been to a writers conference? Ever care to go? What would you most look forward to? Least? I'll laugh if you say the food, which is high priority for this Kentucky girl:) Food, friendships, workshops... It's all pretty wonderful!