…by Senior Editor Victoria Curran
Even though today is Aug. 1—yay, new month of books!—it still feels like “the week after the RWA national conference” to me. The romance writing community packs so much into those handful of days that authors and editors are running full-out the whole time, even if running full out sometimes means knocking back a glass of wine at a bar (hurt me, Roz, hurt me!). The intellectual and emotional stimulation can be inspirational as well as overwhelming, and I always come back with my battery recharged at the same time as I’m utterly drained. And can I just complain about one thing: Why does it feel like summer’s about over after RWA? Shades of back to school once we make it past the conference, for me anyway. (Am I alone in this?)
It was so great to meet with the Heartwarming authors who were able to attend (we missed those of you who couldn’t be there!) and the readers who lined up around the Marriott to get their favourite authors’ signatures at the literacy signing last Wednesday. What a great opportunity to network and compare stories and get advice and feedback…and just be a fan girl when writers we idolize jot down their personal opinion on which epic fantasy we should be reading next (thank you, Eloisa James!).
Heartwarming authors are amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll undoubtedly say it again. What an active, intelligent, supportive group. It’s almost intimidating, how on the ball you guys are with social media marketing notes for one another, launching book chats on GoodReads (I popped in last night to hear what Dana had to say about Return to Pelican Inn, but I was off by half an hour, oops!), deciding how to best speak directly with your readers. Thank you for everything you do to help one another be better and stronger and more visible.
Catherine Lanigan, who posted yesterday I believe, gets to see Heart’s Desire, her second book in the Shores of Indian Lake series, come off the presses. We missed you in San Antonio at conference, Catherine; you have such a great energy to your writing about small-town interconnected community, it would’ve been wonderful to match the author to the stories in person! Maybe next year in New York. I hope everyone has a chance to click to the USA TODAY blog to read her interview…I think it went live at midnight. (O, tech guru, Dana Grimaldi, do we have a link to this post?)
And, hey, we also missed Syndi Powell at conference (hm, the August authors seem to have had a busy summer without us…). Her book, Risk of Falling, touches on the serious issue of seniors and hoarding and, for the daughter of a hoarder, having to cope with letting go emotionally and physically. Such a powerful story.
Marion Ekholm was in Texas! I had the pleasure of discussing storytelling with her and getting a better understanding of the kinds of things she wants to write about. This month, her second Heartwarming, An Act of Love, tells the story of a fake engagement that evolves into something just a little more…it is a romance, after all! Congratulations, Marion, on getting a glowing review in The Library Journal, which I hope Dana Grimaldi can help me attach a link to here…? [Sorry, Victoria. It's not online just yet! --DG]
Last but in no way least, Melanie Mitchell’s second Heartwarming, The Nurse’s Bodyguard, completes the August lineup. Melanie’s written an interracial love story, set in Seoul, South Korea, and relies heavily on her personal experience in the medical field…and in having lived overseas. There’s a lot of authenticity to the exotic world she shows us, and quite a strong suspense thread woven through it.
Good reading, everyone, and enjoy the rest of summer!