|Yours truly with the one and only Madeline Hunter!|
Not only did my manuscript, Seducing Charlotte, take first place in the New Jersey Romance Writers' Put Your Heart in a Book contest, but my other Regency romance, Compromising Willa, came in second.
It was my first writer's conference and I don't think I could have picked a better one.
Of course, winning helped!
Truthfully though, the workshops were run by big names in romance and each one I attended had real value. I'll blog about what I learned in the individual workshops in the coming days.
|Me with the lovely Jessica Dickstein, |
who ran the NJ RWA's
2010 PYHIAB contest.
After attending her workshop, I ran into Madeline in the hotel lobby the following morning. She was incredibly generous, spending a good amount of time chatting with me about my work - especially the use of conflict and the value of strong, original openings in my manuscripts.
It was also a treat to speak to her about her books.
How often does a reader get to talk directly to the author about a book? I also had a chance to do so with Meredith Duran and Sherry Thomas, both of whom gave workshops at the conference.
|With my DC chapter mate|
Marta Bliese, who won in
the paranormal category.
The only downside to the weekend was learning far too late that my husband had set the GPS to avoid toll roads (from a previous trip). No problem - at first - since the directions I had googled were simple enough.
That is, until we overshot the exit on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Let's just say we took a scenic drive of New Jersey back roads while trying to find our way back to the conference!