Goodness, it’s good to be home. I returned on Sunday from 4 whirlwind days in Dallas Texas at the ACFW conference. What a great time I had with fellow Amish fiction authors, the folks from Harvest House Publishers, and my agent Mary Sue Seymour. I learned plenty from workshops given by Davis Bunn, Mark Kuyper, and Bonnie Calhoun. I participated in a “How to get published” panel with my agent and 5 fellow Amish fiction authors: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Amy Lilliard, Shelley Shepard Gray, Amanda Flower, and Jennifer Beckstrand. And 10 of us signed books out at the Hurst Lifeway store. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed support! We attended a gala dinner wherein winners were announced for this year’s Genesis and Carols Awards. Now I’m home with a ton of laundry and bills to pay. But ahhhh..it was so worth it. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Sorry for the delay between posts. It’s been crazy busy here between writing and getting ready for this grand tour trip. My adventure began in Columbus, Ohio, where I participated in the Ohioana Book Festival with 100 other Ohio writers. What great fun I had rubbing shoulders with Lisa Black, Don Bruns, Casey Daniels, Linda Robertson, S. Swann, Laurie Kingery, and too many to mention. The reception at the Govenor’s Mansion, hosted by Mrs. Kascich, capped off a perfect event. From there, it was on to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference where I am as I write. This annual writers conference under the fabulous direction of Alton Gansky is one of the best out there. I have learned so much from teachers like Dr. Angela Hunt, Terry Whalin, DiAnn Mills, Gina Holmes, Deb Raney, Al Gansky himself, and many others. The keynote speech delivered last night by Vonda Skelton brought me to tears! If any writers are reading this, put this conference on your to-do list for next year. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. Gotta go, time for dinner. Oh, by the way… food’s great here, too!