Last week I had the opportunity to go to a dinner my publisher had put on for its authors. I went, not for the food, but for the company. I love being in the same room with other writers.
I got to be appropriately awed by authors like David Woolley who spoke to me while we waited for our food (and remembered me from Six LDS Writers and a Frog blog!) and Jean Matthews who talked to me about her research for her historical fiction novels. I also sat at a table with a new author, Frank Holdaway, whose first book will be out next month.
I got hugs and great conversation from Angela Eschler and Kelly Schumacher and I got to tease Nancy Campbell Allen and Josi Kilpack at the dessert table. Now I know why Josi makes such great culinary mysteries---her taste buds are impeccable! (Plus, I like her even more since she saved me from the humiliation of accidentally knocking an entire cheesecake to the floor. She has quick hands!)
I laughed with Julie Wright and Jeff Savage's wife, Jennifer, and in general just basked in the amazing feeling of being with people who love to do what I do. We always have so much to talk about, I think those events could go on all night.
I was sorry to see the evening end, but it did make me look forward to the next time I can rub shoulders with such inspiring people. It is one of the fun parts of being a writer for sure.
Who inspires you? And do you ever get to talk/associate with them?