I'm leaving soon for the Romance Writers of America's national conference. It's being held in Washington D.C. this year. I'm excited about the trip for a lot of reasons.
First, I've never been to D.C. before, so I plan to squeeze in some sight-seeing. I'd love a White House tour, but I have a feeling I'm too late to set that up. Among other things, the Vietnam War Memorial is a definite don't-miss for me. I lost a cousin in that war, and I want to find his name on the wall.
Second, the last time I went to the conference was in 2006 when it was held in Atlanta. I was a Rita finalist that year so, as fun as that was, it also contributed to a lot of tension. Plus, I had appointments and I presented a workshop. This year, I'm not doing any of that. I plan to attend some really great workshops, go to the reception for published authors to meet booksellers and librarians, catch up with old friends, meet with my agent over high tea at the Mayflower Hotel, go to a couple of parties, and just have fun! I'm also taking my laptop and I'm going to get up early and write every morning. My deadline is looming, and besides that, I'm really into the rewrite. The story is evolving in a way that is better than I ever expected. I love having an editor whose suggestions challenge me to explore and delve deeper, taking the story to another level.
And finally, I'm going with my friend and fellow author Linda Castillo and we're rooming together. Linda is a lot of fun, and she just hit the New York Times bestseller list for the first time with her mainstream thriller SWORN TO SILENCE, so we're going to do a lot of celebrating. I'm so proud of her! It's always gratifying to see someone talented and hardworking and deserving reach their dreams.
I'll tell you all about it all when I return! Until then, happy reading.