Wednesday afternoon and meeting one of my author idols...
I arrived back at the hotel Wednesday afternoon and went right up into the Swag Room. The biggest thing going around were author's romance trading cards. I think I saw hundreds of them floating around. While in the Swag Room. I was so very happy to have finally met Kim, who runs the SOS Aloha blog and met a new to me blogger, Mary who runs the Reading Reviewer. Also a few authors were floating around. I saw Elizabeth Hoyt, Caridad Pineiro, Larissa Ione (she has the most awesome cherry red highlights in her hair).
Unfortunately, I didn't go to any workshops or panels. And I missed the Keynote lunch where Madeline Hunter spoke. But I was very lucky to have been invited to both Avon and the Berkley party. I decided to go to Berkley's instead where it was at the famous Sardi's restaurant.
The Berkley party rocked! I saw so many authors from Lauren Dane, Megan Hart, Julie James, Wendy Wax, Nalini Singh, Carolyn Jewel, Meljean Brook, Jess Granger, Megan Frampton, Liz Maverick and Gwen Hayes. I also talked with Gwen's agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. Jessica mainly reps Young Adult and she was very lovely to chat with.
Berkley had a great spread and had shrimp! I love shrimp. But I didn't get to eat any. I ended up drinking red wine and had more than a few glasses. Hmmmm wine.
For some reason I always end up being one of the last remaining people to stay until the very end of a party. Along with Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, we make our way back to the hotel and this is where I had a big fan girl experience.
There are two authors I've been dying to meet most of my life. They are my idols and the main reason I read and write. One is Stephen King. I'd seriously get down on my knees and thank him for his books. The other one I finally met this night and it was beyond surreal. I'm surprise I can still remember my interaction because I was awestruck.
The story goes as follows...
I come out of Sardi's with Elizabeth and there's another woman she's talking to. The woman looks familiar to me but I couldn't place her face. I introduce myself and she does the same and says her name is Lisa. I didn't have that light bulb moment until I hear Elizabeth and Lisa talking about beauty pageants and then it hit me. I stop and turn and say, "You're Lisa Kleypas!" Lisa said, "Yes."
I blame the wine on this, but I start stuttering, in total shock because I've been waiting my whole life (or so it seems) to meet Lisa. I ramble off her books titles such as Dreaming or You and Blue Eyed Devil. And of course I had to slip in there that Derek didn't sleep with the whore (if you read Dreaming of You, you know what I mean).
All three of us are smack in the middle of Times Square. I can barely think straight because this is MO FO LISA KLEYPAS! And I have to thank Elizabeth so very much because she recommended Lisa and I should take a picture together.
Now here is the embarrasssing part. After we took the picture I break down crying as I tell Lisa how reading Blue Eyed Devil was such a moving experience for me. That book stunned me by the end because it hit so close to home for me. Lisa, Elizabeth and I ended up chatting for close to 30 minutes outside the Marriott.
Lisa showed us her cover for one of her upcoming contemporary books (I can't remember which one) and I asked her if she was going to still write historical romance. She said yes (I breathed a sigh of relief over that).
There are no words to describe how I felt meeting and talking with Lisa. Afterward, I went back into the hotel with the biggest, goofiest grin on my face. Meeting Lisa Kleypas is something I will never forget and a memory I will cherish forever.
This is what a conference like RWA is about. Meeting great people and memories.
Stay tuned for some pictures from the publisher signings I attended...