It was a momentous occasion for many reasons, least of all attending workshops and listening to industry professionals talk about all things writing.
My writing buddy, Chris Taylor, was a Golden Heart finalist in the Romantic Suspense category and I loved sharing her excitement and being there as support as she walked that journey.
|Chris celebrating her birthday in Atlanta|
|Joanne & I at RWA|
For the first time, I met my agent, Elaine Spencer (from The Knight Agency), and my editor, Leis Pederson (from Berkley) - finally! After two years of emailing them back and forth meeting them was scary and exhilarating but wonderful.
I caught up with some of my Golden Heart Unsinkable sisters and some other friends I made in 2010 when I came to the Orlando, FL conference.
And, it was also a chance to have a few fan-girl moments of my own as I met some of my favourite authors during the conference.
But first, let me show you where we stayed - the lovely Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.
|This is the view taken from my floor looking back down to Level 1.|
|The central column of elevators.|
|The view from my room of Atlanta.|
I met a couple of readers at the RWA Literacy Autographing - May and Wendy!
|Wendy is also a writer!|
|May and I|
And, of course, I couldn't not share a few shots of the food and drinks consumed during my week there...
|Mouth-watering main meal|
|My fav.cocktail of the trip - a Mohito|
And I'm going to skip to the end of my stay in the USA - to Los Angeles, CA (where I was stranded for a day after delayed flights, yeah, I know, it's tough, but Chris and I had to fill in time somehow!) - and show you some of the sights our tour covered in the City of Angels.
|Make it so!|
|I found him!!!|
|A $4.2m Maserati in Beverly Hills|
|The Viper Room|
After the 30 degree Celsius humid heat of Atlanta, the 30 dry heat of Los Angeles was lovely!
|Beverly Hills town hall|
Join me for another installment of CONFERENCE: RWAmerica (Part 2) tomorrow.