This is the first post on my blog. Writing a blog is a new experience for me. For some reason, I find it much easier to write a novel than to write a blog. I don’t know if there are any other authors who feel the same as I because you’d think it would be the other way around. But what comes easy to one writer doesn’t necessarily come easy to another, and I’m finding it difficult to come up with anything relevant to say about the craft of writing at the moment, so I’m going to write about the thrill of meeting one of my favorite authors.
I’ve been a fan of Rhys Bowen’s novels for many years. I became enamored when I read the very first in her Molly Murphy mystery series, Murphy’s Law. She’s won numerous awards for her writing, and each has been richly deserved.
I got the chance to meet this talented writer at the Love Is Murder Writer’s Conference in 2010, and I can state that she’s a warm and gracious lady with a wonderful sense of humor.
In case you don’t remember, Chicago was deluged with a record snowfall a couple of days before the conference in February, 2010. It was touch and go for a while. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to attend or if anyone would, but I’m so glad we all managed to make it. Rhys Bowan was the guest speaker. I had my camera with me and when Rhys saw it, she asked if I would take a picture of her with all the snow in the background to show her friends. So we stepped out the side door together and I snapped a quick photo. Later that evening, she sat my table in the theater where we enjoyed an evening of old-time radio programs.
She talked as if she’d known me her entire life and told about the years she had worked in old-time radio. I really enjoyed her stories because my husband and I are huge fans of that media. Needless to say, she was great company that evening. Thank you, Rhys Bowen, for making the Love Is Murder writer’s conference in 2010 a special one for me.
I was saddened to hear that she’d recently taken a fall and fractured her pelvis, but she’s on the mend now and hard at work writing the next novel in her highly anticipated Royal Spyness series. I can’t wait to read it.
If you’ve ever met or would love to meet a favorite author, I’m interested in hearing about your experiences. Please feel free to leave a comment.