Saturday, January 7, 2012

Women Read/Women Write

Yes! That's me and New York Times Bestselling Author Madeline Hunter! When this picture was taken, I was hoping her literary expertise would rub off on me--literally. As she strolled through the crowd passing out bookmarks, I was so nervous that I froze like a complete dolt. My heart was beating faster and faster. If not for my friend snagging her attention, introducing us and telling her about my Scottish historical coming out in September, I would have missed my chance to meet her. (Thanks, Karen! I owe you one!) In all honesty, the moment was almost lost, but my daughter kept poking me in the ribs. I don't think she would've let that happen.   

I attended the first Women Read/Women Write event in Pittsburgh celebrating the books women love to read. There were a vast panel of authors ranging from literary novelists, women's fiction, mystery and of course my personal favorite--romance!

Many authors shared their personal journeys about dredging through the publishing world and were very open and honest about how difficult this business can be. Between query letters, submissions, rejection letters, agents, publishers, marketing, no subject was left unturned. It was a meeting of the minds like no other.

The event would not have been complete without New York Times Bestselling Author Gaelen Foley.
Gaelen's new release, My Ruthless Prince, just hit the New York Times Bestseller list after one week! These ladies are indeed an inspiration to all. 

I also had the privilege of meeting RITA® Award winner Gwen Cready.
Needless to say, there was a ton of hometown pride. These ladies, *clearing throat* and one gentleman were indeed awe-inspiring. It was an educational experience I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope to join the panel next year and learn a great deal on the coattails of these wonderful authors. 


  1. What an awesome experience! Just think - very soon YOU'LL be one of those best-selling authors that folks will want to meet.

  2. Maeve, it was so wonderful to hear someone speak about 20+ years experience in the business. The industry has indeed changed since then.