I got to attend the conference this year in Atlanta and had a wonderful time despite Joaquin, the hurricane and the torrential rains in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. During the conference we were inside and dry with Cody Johnvin – Clean Reads cover model and all round great guy for putting up with us!
The Georgia Romance Writers really know how to put on a conference. Nancy Lee Badger and I drove down and roomed together to meet and visit with Laurel Blount, Kay Butler, Darila Pichanick, Mia McKimmy, and Kim Turner to mention a few.
Got to hear Jana Oliver and Chris Marie Green at lunch presentations. Attended classes led by Bryonna Nobles, Tyra Burton, Annie Ooortman and Maria Connor on editing, marketing, and even the importance of Greek myths in our current literature. Hearts of Carolina’s own Laura Simcox and Michele Summers led a super class on storyboarding, which had me thinking in new directions! Got to meet and visit with Carrie Nichols, winner of the Maggie for her Contemporary Category Romance – The Sheriff’s Little Matchmaker.
My friend Elena Dillon couldn’t make it this year, but many congratulations to her for finaling in the Young Adult Maggies for Shimmer! Also congratulations to HCRW’s Virginia Kantra for willing the Maggie for Carolina Man!
Laura Simcox Candice Havens Laurel Blount, Nancy Lee Badger & Me