Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Excitment is in the air!

Rhonda Gibson, that's me, is going to the American Christian Fiction Writer's conference this year as ... drum roll.... a Love Inspired author!! 

Going to the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference (ACFW) is an event that I look forward to every year. This year I think I am more excited than ever before.


1. Because I will get to spend some time with my new Love Inspired family! I can't wait to meet so many of the craftie ladies for the first time in person!!!!! Big Squeal!!!!

2. I am also looking forward to seeing Margaret Daley again. She has been a real inspiration to me as I worked toward becoming an LIH author. I've know Margaret for years and I always feel it is a blessing to get to spend time with her.

3. My good buddy, Janet Lee Barton will be there and she and I will get to attend the Love Inspired party together as newbies, I'm way excited about that!

And last but far from least, I get to spend time with my editor, Tina James. I met Tina a few years ago at an ACFW conference and she encouraged me to submit to her. I'm so grateful she sees potential in me. Thanks, Tina.

So, if you are going to the ACFW conference what are you looking forward to?


  1. Rhonda, I'm sorry I won't be there this year to meet you. Hopefully, we can meet next year. I hope you have a productive and blessed conference.

  2. Congrats to you, Rhonda.

    I hope to make it. It's going to be a last minute call. I want to meet my agent in person. I haven't meet her face to face before - that would be awesome for me.

  3. Rhonda! It will be great hanging out with you some. So glad you are with LI now. You do know some of us are called the bad girls of LI cuz we...well, actually its mostly because we like the sound of it. You know pushing boundries, laughing and having a good time--who says you have to be really bad to have fun. We're pretty innocent but then, Lenora is our ring leader and well you know you never know about that girl! lol just teasing, we are so glad you are on our team now! But seriously, if Lenora starts coming at you mumbling things like "Rhonda Boo, Rhonda Lou, Rhonda Choo Choo," or some other names like that then you know she's trying to come up with a Bad Girls of LI name for you. And come to think of it that may be the entire reason for having the gang so that she can give us all little nick names. My LI nickname is Debbie Sue--she likes things kinda southern. So ok thats my heads up to you. :)

    I'm a little reved up right now, because I'm on edits and my second pot of coffee and have been over on all morning interacting with readers about my blog Keeping a Huge Cast STraight.

    Rhonda, how many books of yours have come out so far with LIH? What's next for you on the schedule?

  4. Hope you enjoy ACFW, Rhonda. But you might want to steer clear of Debra and Lenora. They sound a little crazy for me. :-)

  5. Rhonda, everyone at LI is so nice and welcoming. You'll fit right in.

    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and having time to catch up on what's been happening since the last time we met.

    It won't be long!

    Prayers for all those in Isaac's path!

  6. Wow! I step away from the computer for a bit and you all get chatty... LOVE IT!!

    I will miss meeting you too, Merrilee.

    Loree, I hope you get to come. Look me up, if you do :)

    Hmmmmm, a bad gril? Sounds like fun Debra! I can't wait to hang with my LI sisters. It is going to be so much fun!!

    Debra, right now The Marshal's Promise is the only book out with LIH but Groom By Arrangement is coming Feb. 2013 and I just signed the contract for my thrid LIH that I'm calling Which Brother's Bride? But as you know, that title can change :) God has been so good and blessed me with a wonderful editor who likes my writing.

    Naomi, are you not coming? I was looking forward to meeting you :(

    Debby, I couldn't agree more. Everyone has been so wonderful and I already have several close friends in the LI family. Looking forward to meeting and becoming close friends with many more.

    I too am praying for the folks in Isaac's path.

  7. Rhonda, enjoy yourself. There's nothing like going to the conference after you've sold. I'll be looking for you at the conference.

  8. Hey, Girl! I'm so excited right along with you as you know! And for all the same reasons--plus I'm so glad I get to see that Bad girl ring leader, Lenora, again! Love her!
    Can't wait to get to spend some time with all the LI family! What a dream come true for both of us!

  9. Great Rhonda,I'm actually reading The Marshal's Promise right now and enjoying it very much! :)

    And you know I'm teasing about the Bad girls... ;)

    I will be looking forward to your next books!!!

    I'm praying for those in Isaac's path too.

  10. I'm so sad. I won't be there. It's during the school year and my students freak when there's a sub. You guys have great fun!

  11. I'll be there - and I'm riding over with Elnora herself! It's always one of the high points of the year for me - it's a conference like no other. OI also can't wait to see everyone, connect with old friends and make new ones.

  12. Rhonda, have fun! I won't be there this year. Actually, I've never attended an ACFW conference. So you'll need to fill me on what I missed. I'm thinking a lot!!!


  13. Hey Leann! I'll be looking for you too but if I miss you and you see me first come say hello!!

    Aw Debra... I liked the idea of being a semi-bad girl... LOL

    :( that makes me sad that you won't be there Pamela but I understand about the sub thing...

    Winnie, I can't wait to meet you! This is going to be the best conference ever!!

    Renee you will be missed. I was looking forward to meeting you. Love your books!

    Big Squeal with Janet Lee Barton!!!

  14. Hey, Rhonda! Welcome to the blog! I can't wait to see you at ACFW. :)

  15. Thanks Missy! I'm looking forward to seeing you too :D

  16. Why, I am looking forward to seeing you, of course. But I have to say, if you write for LI and you attend conference, you have to be ready to get crazy in late night sessions with me and the other LI authors. Right, Debra, Allie, Margaret, Lenora, and all you others?

  17. Laughing, I wouldn't have it any other way Aaron!!

  18. Well, well, I get busy and miss all the Bad Girl fun!! I think Rhonda will be Miss Rhonda Lee. We are so glad to have you join the sisterhood, Rhonda!! We will have fun keeping you in--I mean--out of trouble at ACFW!! Aaron will have to be our bouncer!! Just remember, you can get away with just about anything if you're wearing pearls!! So happy you are with us. And you too, Miss Janet Lee. You already have a bad girl name!! We will just call you J-Lee!!