ACFW Conference, Fangirling, & the Christy Awards #giveaway!
Authors are readers and fans too! Most authors started as avid readers, so we have our author heroes. In the past, I was thrilled to meet some of my favorites, Francine Rivers, Charles Martin, Terri Blackstock and Randy Alcorn. Last month at the ACFW conference in San Antonio, I met another one of the authors who started my love of Christian fiction: Frank Peretti. He was an excellent speaker! So poignant and funny!
(Here I am getting a few books signed with Frank Peretti!)
(Critique partner Misty Beller, my editor Robin Patchen, critique partner Heidi Mccahan, and me fangirling over Colleen Coble!)
I was also a stand-in to accept for author (and my critique partner) Sarah Monzon if she won the Carol Award. She was a finalist for her novel Freedom’s Kiss in the romance category. I was soooo nervous waiting to hear the winner. I had her speech and was on the edge of my seat. Sadly, she didn’t win, but just being a finalist is a huge deal! I was thrilled for her.
Cue, the excitement when I got a call while I was at the gym on the ab machine. I didn’t answer because I didn’t recognize the number, but I listened to the voicemail the caller left. To my total shock, my little novella, Falling for Grace, is a Christy Award finalist! I nearly fell off the machine, and my hands were flailing, waving over my face like a beauty pageant contestant trying not to cry. I told my son I had to go outside and make a call where I immediately punched the numbers of a couple of critique partners, Misty Beller and Heidi Blankenship! Glory to God for the whole accomplishment, because I have no idea how I ever finish writing a book! I’m surprised every single time!
Anyway, I’ll be fangirling again in Nashville on November 6th at the awards ceremony. And super nervous! I do not think I’ll win, because I’m up against Terri Blackstock, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Sarah Loudin Thomas. Oh wow!!
If you’re in the Nashville area, you can get tickets to the gala here and come fangirl with me! The Christy Awards
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