Imagine taking a workshop with Nora Roberts where she shares writing wisdom, or Jayne Ann Krentz and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, or Virginia Kantra or Joan Johnston or...well you get the picture. Well I could do all of that and more at my first Romance Writers of America Conference held in Washington D.C.
Nothing better to get those creative juices flowing. In fact, I wrote 40+ pages of a new contemporary romance about a young woman trying to throw off the shackles of a domineering father and find love again with an independent-minded cowboy who'd she'd been married to once upon a time for all of 48 hours. How does it sound so far? :)
I also pitched my historical, In the Hands of a Texan, to an agent and got a request. Yay! I love this story of a scandalized Saratoga Springs debutante who enters into a marriage of desperation with a war-hardened Texan and nothing is like either expects. Sort of Age of Innocence meets Unforgiven.
And the conference was so much more than I expected--overwhelming, enlightening and fun! Above are some pictures.
It's been a busy month with the release of Return to Wayback which includes my story, Re-ride at the Rodeo. But I promised you photos and before I leave for RWA National tomorrow I realized I needed to post these pictures. It was muddy but a lot of fun! Enjoy all the cowboys!
Anne Carrole has been writing stories since she was in elementary school but back then the hero was more likely to ride a bike not a horse and share a stick of gum rather than a kiss. A co-founder of the western historical romance site, http://www.facebook.com/lovewesternromances , her muse usually comes wearing a cowboy hat. Raised on a farm with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and whatever other animals she could convince her parents to shelter, she’s married to her own sweet-talking hero and is the proud mother of a college-aged daughter. They all share their home with a sleek black cat with way too much attitude.