To me, meeting a published author is much like the time I saw Paul Rudd at the acquarium in Washington, D.C. It brings on feelings of insuperiority, child-like giddyness, and awe. And I'm sure that those mix of emotions do not elicit the greatest first impression on my behalf. But that's okay becuase this post is about the first impressions I got of a select few writers I've had the pleasure of meeting and groups I've joined.
I have to start with the writers of my wonderful critique group, the CNY Creative Writers Cafe. This group has literally made me the writer I am today. So, thank you for that. The organizer, Emily Glossner Johnson is hands down the most kind and welcoming person I've ever met. From the moment I first attended this group, she made me feel at home and we've become such good friends in the year I've known her. Not to mention she's a very gifted and prolific writer who is destined for success.
Late last year, I joined the Romance Writers of America and began attending local chapter meetings of the Central New York Romance Writers. My initial gut reaction to the men and women of the CNYRW--intimidating! I felt like I was in over my head, a fish out of water, working above of my paygrade and every other euphamism you can think of for feeling like I didn't belong. Listening to them speak with so much knowledge and confidence about writing and the publishing world was incredible and quite frankly, totally awesome. Yet, I felt completely beneath them and inferior. However, once I got over my own insecurities and feelings of low self-worth, I realized that this is a great group of people. Our chapter president, Gayle Callen, is amazing. She's so funny and down-to-earth and I really enjoy listening to her speak. She just seems so comfortable in her own skin. She also writes under the name Emma Cane. The list of published authors in the group is tremendous and joining was one of the best things I've done.
In March, The CNYRW hosted their annual mini-con, a one night, one day writers conference. It was during this that I had the pleasure of meeting this hilariously audacious Anne Stuart. She had the entire room in stitches from beginning to end. I loved her! And I recommend that everyone should hear her speak at least once.
Finally, I have to give a shout out to my new and very supportive critique partner, Giovanni Valentino. He keeps me on my toes and is always making me laugh. And I'm going to end with something he recently said to me: "This novel will either skyrocket you to stardom or villianize you." I guess either way it works out the same.....people will be talking about me =)