Last month, three authors from the Arcadia Valley Romance project got to meet… in person! This is a big deal because:
- Although we know a lot about each other, and share hopes and dreams and prayers and problems, most of that interaction is online.
- Lots of authors are introverts, more comfortable with words on a page than people in a room.
- We all live in different states and are at different stages in life’s journey.
- We’re all busy moms.
Nonetheless, when Danica Favorite told the Arcadia Valley group that she was coming to the DC area, Elizabeth Perry Maddrey and I got excited, because we were both close enough to connect. But, a complicating factor was the people we’d have in tow: two little boys (Elizabeth’s); two teen girls (Danica’s); and one seasoned gentleman friend (mine). How were we going to find a meeting spot and an activity we’d all enjoy?
I knew we were going to get along when we quickly agreed on the right place(s) to meet:
- Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, MD, owned by none other than the famed romance writer, Nora Roberts; and
- Antietam Battlefield, where we could dig into history, and where the various family members joining us could run, play, and explore while the three of us talked books.
Sure enough, we had a wonderful time! We started talking the moment we met and didn’t stop, even though we’re all normally quiet ladies. That’s what happens when you meet members of your tribe! We got the chance to discuss books, writing challenges, and the details of our shared-world project. Danica (the one who flew in, of course) bought about eight tons of books from the Antietam gift store. Elizabeth’s boys ran from canon to canon and impressed us all with their knowledge of civil war weaponry. As for me, I just carried a copy of Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley, the novella collection that starts our shared-world project, to use for our photo ops! And in fact, I’m giving away an e-copy to two different commenters.
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