[Note from Jessa: I met Maggie Mae at the Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando and fell in love with her logo She was such a powerhouse, moving through the conference like a woman with a mission, I couldn't believe she didn't have a half dozen series published in her wake. I knew we had to have her here so we could say "we knew her when." Thanks for guest posting with us, Maggie! (BTW, all, Maggie told me she's a blog virgin; this is her first guest post. So I do hope you'll say hi!)]
Sunday morning dawned bright and early after the big awards gala. My father drove in from Tampa and met my roommate and I for breakfast before ferrying us off to Orlando International Airport. When he asked the question what did you learn at the conference, my brain was overloaded and hyper-caffeinated. I looked at him like he was speaking to me in tongues. It took a few days for my system to calm done from the experience and truly digest all that happened.
Here’s what I learned at Nationals:
- Amazingly enough my favorite authors are people too. People who put their pants on one leg at a time.
- The stupendous solidarity and support offered to RWA members at all levels was overwhelming. It helps validate our sanity when we are having arguments with out characters at three in the morning. Because now we know that other writers do too.
- That yes, one can have far too much rubber chicken.
- For writers who are pre-published, such as myself, getting a thumbs up and encouragement from writers we consider our literary gods will be something we remember our whole lives.
- Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz and Sabrina Jeffries are just as entertaining in person as their books!
- That I am entitled to a fan girl moment. Thanks Barbara Vey for being such a good sport!
- Friends should not let friends shop alone at the literacy signing. During the signing I forgot the bookaholics anonymous mantra, “We do not need to own every book we see.”
- For next year, ship all my books before the rush on Saturday.
- That yes, you can have a second fan girl moment when you receive your shipped box of signed books!
So much information, one tiny little brain.
Nationals is unlike anything you will ever experience. I am thrilled I had the opportunity to attend. I applaud the hard work and dedication of the RWA Board pulling off the nigh impossible task of relocating the conference. Whether a newbie or an old pro, it’s worth every cent. I highly recommend attending a conference of this magnitude at least once. I’m already looking forward to Nationals in the Big Apple. A chance revisit the friendships made this year and an opportunity to make new ones.
See you in New York!
Maggie Mae Gallagher
Born into the nightmare realm Earth has become, Alana Devereaux was raised battling the demons destroying our planet. As a Cantati, it was what she had been bred to do. When humanity’s final defenses crumble, Alana will become the last hope for our survival. Sent back through time, reeling from all she has lost, until she meets the mysterious stranger who fights demons almost as well as she does.
Gaelen Cormac, an exiled Fomorian Fae prince, pulls her into the chess game being played across the globe with the winner taking Earth as their prize. Alana must wage a deadly battle with all the forces of Infernio, even as she wages a dire campaign within her heart.
Alliances shall be forged, ancient enemies shall rise and Alana will be forced to choose. As the last Cantati, she must decide whether she will be humanity’s salvation or its demise. She is…Anointed.