Like Jane, I am absolutely exhausted after the incredible whirlwind that is RT. My, oh my, how I wish my pre-author self could have seen the people I would be hobnobbing with some day—I think I would have died of squee. The best part of it all is that everyone I meet at these conventions are all just so darn nice.
I've always been a bit of an introverted extrovert (make sense?), but it wasn't until I was so beautifully accepted into the fold of the romance community that I really became comfortable in my own skin. These women (and men!) are so lovely and supporting, it makes it easy to walk up to them and introduce yourself. So without further ado, here is my convention, told in pictures in the order in which they were taken.
My very first panel!! With Elizabeth Hoyt, Laura Kinsale, (me), Eileen Dryer, Delilah Marvelle, and Renee Bernard. It. Was. AWESOME.
Me and my buddy, Laura Kinsale (squeak!)
The ever refined and elegant Heather Snow and me in our room before the Rosie Gulch Mixer :)
Out to dinner with the Lady Scribes! Julie Johnstone, Samantha Grace, moi, Jane Charles, Catherine Gayle, and Hanna Martine
Hanging in the lobby with Maire Claremont and Delilah Marvelle
Sneaking a selfie during a nice chat with Heather, Elizabeth, Renee, Maire, and Delilah (what? I want proof I know these talented women!)
On top of the world (make that Kansas City) with Sabrina Jeffries and Heather
Having a great chat with Tracy Brogan, Elizabeth Essex, and Ashlyn Macnamara
I'm sitting amongst a mass of quivering fangirls for Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood's chat. Okay, so maybe I was quivering too ;)
MARY JO PUTNEY!! (Ahem.)
Ashlyn, Valerie Bowman, me, and Heather are up to some trouble, I'm sure.
Kimberly Kincaid, Tracy, Sara Ramsey, and Jennifer McQuiston enjoying some quality time at the bar. We all met as aspiring authors when we finaled in the Golden Heart contest :)
Me and PJ Schnyder rocking the historical ball. Honestly, it takes exactly NO prodding to get me to dress up ;)
JUDE DEVERAUX!!!! (I may still be shaking following this encounter)
Me and my historical buddies at the Giant Book Fair: Shana Galen, Vicky Dreiling, and Kieran Kramer - what fun!
MARY BALOGH!!! (I think I scared her a little)
And at long last, me and Mr. Knightley on the way home after he picked me up from the airport :)
So who is your favorite author you've met? Or who would you most like to meet? Would you be a quivering mess, or all cool and collected? (Don't lie - we all know it'd be the former!)