Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cream of the Crop!

It seems like it has been forever since I have been able to post on my blog. A lot of things have happened this past week and I want to tell you about one of those. Let me start off by sharing my journey to the Southeast American Christian Fiction Writers meeting that took place in Buford, Georgia.

I knew it was a long way from where I live but I looked it up on Google driving directions and found out that it was about an hour and a half drive. I had been wanting to go ever since I found out that they met in the area. I've put it off for a while because it did not start until seven o'clock and I knew that would make it late when I got back. However, I decided to go ahead this past Tuesday, October 27 and take the plunge. I called Ane Mulligan to let her know that I would be coming and might be a little late. But it was cold and raining and dark and the traffic through Atlanta was terrible. It took me a total of three hours to get to the meeting. By the time I got there it was half over. But that was okay because I got to stay for the second half and the best part was meeting several authors and getting our picture taken together. The good thing about coming home so late was there wasn't any traffic and I made it home in an hour and a half.

I have posted three pictures from the night of the meeting. The top picture features Amy Wallace, Cindy Woodsmall, Ane Mulligan and Missy Tippins. The middle picture features Cindy Woodsmall and Ane Mulligan in conversation with the guest speaker. The bottom picture features Amy Wallace, Cindy Woodsmall, Yours Truly, Ane Mulligan, Missy Tippens and another member, but I am sorry that I don't remember her name. Maybe one of the other authors will see this post and tell me what her name is as well as the guest speaker so I can write them in.

How cool is that to be in the presence of so many wonderful writers. The drive to the meeting was well worth it to meet so many people that are so talented. This was an inspiration to me in and of itself. Something I won't soon forget. Maybe one day I too will have a published novel. I am going to list the links to their websites so you can go and check out their books. You won't be sorry. As always HAPPY READING!


  1. I'm so glad you got to go to the meeting! Ours would be almost three hours away for me (without traffic), I don't have a car available plus I can't drive.

    I recognize those names from ACFW. You have a very distinguished group. I'd be curious about your guest speaker too. What did you talk about?

    Our group has been discussing The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman and helping each other tweak the first parts of their manuscripts. At least that's part of what they do - I kind of get the footnotes because I don't get to go. lol Nobody lives this far out. They are trying to set up a sub group but it's still far away and I haven't found anyone who is driving by and willing to pick up a straggler. Someday. :o) My group leader always remembers and has asked people which I think is so kind.

    Thank you for sharing the pics. I hope you make the next meeting too. I also look forward to your first book. :o)

  2. Hi Deborah,
    It's great that you were able to attend the meeting. I have often thought of going but I live about a hour and half away also. Since you've shown it can be done, maybe I'll attend the next meeting! :) Do you live north or south of Buford? (I'm trying to determine if we live close enough to carpool!)

    Your blog is awesome and I've signed up as a follower. I would be most appreciative if you would do the same for me. I don't have many followers either. But it does take time to get started and build a following.

    Edwina Cowgill

  3. Wish I could make it to one of those myself, but it's a 7 hour drive from the Memphis area.

    That's a beautiful picture on the top of your Blog, thanks for asking me to follow you.

    I enjoyed reading about your trip though and hope I'll run into you in Indeanapolis next year. I'm hoping to make it to that ACFW Natl Conference.

    For Him,
    Chris Solaas

  4. Hi, Deborah!

    It was such a treat to meet you at WORD! And thank you for braving truly yucky weather to come visit with us. Anytime you're able to come again, we would LOVE to have you!

    The lady in the blue shirt is Lindi Peterson, WORD VP.

    Our speaker that evening was Creston Mapes and he spoke on how to make a living at writing. A very informative and inspiring talk and discussion that followed.

    If you all would like to learn more about WORD, please check out our website: And if there are any questions I can answer for you, please let me know.