That brings me to another amazing group of women - the Harlequin Superromance authors and their editors. I knew from their books and from the Harlequin forums that they were friendly and talented, but meeting them in person made me understand why their writing grabs the heart. These women are truly generous, genuine, and down-to-earth...not to mention beautiful inside and out.
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Jeannie Watt's gorgeous daughter and fellow writer, Jamie, Jeannie, Amy Knupp, Me, Kay Stockham, and Helen Brenna
Kay Stockham, editor Wanda Ottewell, Jeannie Watt, editor Victoria Curran, and Amy Knupp
Me, Jeannie Watt, editor Victoria Curran, and Amy Kupp
Editor Wanda Ottewell, Me, and Amy Knupp
Kay Stockham and Wanda Ottewell
Victoria Curran and Beth Andrews after their Rita win. Congratulations!
Jeannie Watt and Margaret Watson at the autographing
Amy at the autographing
Rita winner Beth Andrews
Me and Kay Stockham at the autographing
Rita Finalist Helen Brenna
Liz Talley with one of many fans
Wait...there's more! Nora Roberts' keynote speech centered on lifelong friendships born at RWA. I'm sure I'm not the only one her words touched. At my first meeting, last year, I met another first timer, Kaily Hart. We clicked, as Nora put it, and stayed in touch ever since. It was wonderful to get to spend time with her again, and to get to celebrate the publication of her first novella.
Me and Kaily
And a few more pics from the Readers for Life Autographing that raised $55,000 for literacy...
Rita winner Sherry Thomas
...and the one and only Nora Roberts
Whew! I promised pictures and when I promise, I deliver. Don't forget to check out the complete list of Rita and Golden Heart winners at the RWA website.
I hope every one of you gets a chance to attend at least one RWA Nationals conference. The experience and friendships are unbeatable.