I love going to writers conferences. They inspire me, invigorate my writing muscles and embrace me as part of a greater community of people who spend a lot of time with the “imaginary friends” who become the characters in our books. Some people think we're a bit weird - other writers know we're just creative!
Ten days ago I was at the Romance Writers of America national conference in the beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas.
The conference was attended by more than two thousand writers from all around the United States and other parts of the world.
|Luring readers to the book signing at RWA San Antonio with M & Ms - I ate way too many myself!|
Meeting other writers, editors and agents as well as bloggers and readers is such a buzz. Attending workshops presented by the best in the romance business is invaluable.
There’s the fun of signing books at the mass book-signing in aid of adult literacy that is an important part of the conference.
|I was in very good company at the Harlequin book signing!|
And of course there are the fan-girl moments of seeing romance icons like Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jayne Anne Krentz wandering around the conference or lining up for coffee!
Still suffering from jet-lag, right now I’m at the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference in Sydney for another dose of wonderful romance-writing inspiration—and a hefty dose of partying!
Then it will be back to writing!
Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
Kandy’s second Dolphin Bay story for Harlequin Romance, The Tycoon and The Wedding Planner is on sale now.
Visit Kandy at her website