Yesterday, I got to do something exciting that I have never done before.
I got to talk to a BUNCH of writers in person.
Writers who have seen their names on the New York Times Bestseller list.
In other words, writers I want to be.
You know what?? Most of them were really, really nice.
And they looked just like normal people!
(Except for Elin Hilderbrand. She was VERY glamorous. Like she just stepped out of an issue of Town and Country with her long blonde hair and really long legs and perfect bod. But her boyfriend was a big bear of a normal guy who could have been DL or Brawn or any of the guys we're married to, so maybe she's Town and Country-ish because that's who we expect her to be, given the type of books she writes.)
My favorite Margaret Maron was there, giving us the sad news that there will be no more Deborah Knott books after Long Upon the Land. I wanted to cry when she said that. Instead, I just said "Oh, no!" really loud and everyone looked at me. I love the Knott clan. I wish I was married to one of the brothers. (In truth, I don't blame authors for tying up loose ends in series or getting rid of unused manuscripts...they are all appalled by what has happened to Harper Lee. "Trust no one" seems to be the mantra of the day.)
The funniest author in the bunch, and someone I'd like to have a drink with, was Joshilyn Jackson. Truth be told, I'd never heard of her, but apparently she's very popular. She was HILARIOUS!! I also think she'd had a LOT of wine. I will have to try one of her books.
I attended two panel discussions, and got a taste of what the writing life has to offer. ("You're alone a lot," they kept complaining.) It's even more wonderful than I thought--being alone with just a laptop and the cats...after 16 years of dealing with kids and parents and administrators and state bull$hit, a little (like 24/7) alone time will be just what the doctor ordered.
Thanks to the Southern Independent Booksellers Association for including readers in this conference. It was a great opportunity.
So when can I quit my job to write??