Greetings from the Wardman Marriott Hotel in Washington DC, the site of this year’s national conference for Romance Writers of America! I’m thrilled to be here. Not only is it a great chance to hear industry news and attend writing workshops, I get to spend time with friends. You know that feeling when you sit down with a group of girlfriends you haven’t seen in a while? Everyone starts talking and there’s just not enough time to say everything that needs to be said. That’s what RWA is like for me.
The conference launched with the annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. Since 1991, RWA has donated more than $600,000 to literacy charities. The totals aren’t in for this year, but the room was huge and it was packed. Before it started, I snapped a shot of fellow Filly Tracy Garrett. She’s signing copies of Touched by Love.
And here’s Pat Potter saying hi. You can’t see the Rita pins on her badge, but my mouth gaped. Pat is so friendly and so talented . . . I confess! I’m in awe.
I’m also in awe of of those serendipity moments that are unique to RWA. I had one of those happy coincidences the first time I stepped into the elevator. My roommate and I (here’s a shout-out to Sara Mitchell, my fellow LIH author) struck up a conversation with a writer wearing a pink “First Sale” ribbon. “Who did you sell to?” I asked.
“Dorchester,” she answered. “I write western romance.”
Music to my ears! Turns out I was talking to Caroline Fyffe. She’s set to blog at Petticoats and Pistols on August 6th.
My next western-flavored coincidence is typical RWA. The literacy signing and is over and I’m in the elevator. (I seem to spend a lot of time in elevators!) I look up and see a man I can’t quite place. Turns out he’s Leigh Greenwood (aka Harold Lowry). I’m beginning to wonder if the hotel put all the western writers on the same floor!
The conference is just beginning. Thursday’s schedule includes a breakfast with the Harlequin Historical writers. That’s the line where I started and I’m stoked to be catching up with old friends. On Thursday night, I’ll be getting together with new friends. The Love Inspired Historical authors will be gathering for dinner. Friday is all business. I’ll be meeting with my editor and my agent, and then attending a workshop by Donald Maass.
I’ll post other serendipity moments in the Comments section. At RWA, you never know who you’ll meet in an elevator. It could be me!