Susanne Dietze and Debra E. Marvin here!
Forgive our bleary eyes this morning. We arrived at our homes on opposite coasts late last night from the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas, TX! What an amazing time!
|Here we are, Deb and Susie, before the genre dinner. Deb crafted this amazing Edwardian gown--she is amazing!|
Several of the Inkies were able to make this year's conference, and we think we can safely speak for all of us: we had an amazing time. Some of us had proposals to pitch to editors. Some of us had publishing house parties to attend. Some of us met each other for the first time (that would be Susie and DeAnna). Most attended workshops and volunteered in some capacity. But all of us had fun being together! Here are some of our highlights:
|Six Inkies take a break for coffee and fellowship. L-R Anita Mae Draper, DeAnna Dodson, Susanne Dietze, Jennifer AlLee Lisa Richardson, and Debra Marvin|
|Roomies Anita and Susanne|
|DeAnna and Debra|
|Why, look what's on the Bethany table! One of DeAnna's "drawing room" mystery series, Murder at the Mikado|
|Free on the Goody table: postcards advertising this coming January's Austen in Austin Collection, Volume 1 featuring novellas by Gina, Anita, Susanne and Debra.|
|Lovely ladies Debra, Jennifer, Anita, DeAnna, and Lisa|
|Friday Night Free Dinner: Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Susanne Dietze, Jennifer AlLee, and Lisa Richardson. Most of us at the table splurged on nachos, and they were gooooood. We also talked books, of course.|
|Gina, Susie, DeAnna, and Lisa.|
And then, of course, was the gala! So much glamour!
|Carol finalist Jen AlLee flanked by Lisa on the left and Anita on the right. Pretty ladies!|
|While Jen was inside the galaearly a Carol finalist, the rest of us waited outside, ready to cheer her on (and talk about zombies). L-R Lisa, Patty Smith Hall, Anita, Cynthia Hickey, Bonnie Calhoun, Gina, Susie, and Debra.|
|Amazing food at the gala, finished off with creme brulee.|
What a successful conference. We had fun...how about you? Were you able to attend? Would you like to? Next year's will be in Nashville at the end of August.
If you went to conference? What was a standout memory? Share in the comments!