I've always loved April. It's when spring comes alive in the South. Azaleas and dogwoods are either budding or just finishing up and the world is fresh and green and new again. The weather is temperamental but calmer, with more sunshine than chill. I was born in April, so it's my birthday all month long!!!! This year, I'm especially looking forward to April. I'll be sixty this year. I'm so over being sad about that. I kept thinking "I'll be sixty and I've written sixty books." But when I counted up (including novellas and online short stories) I've actually written as of this post--over seventy books.
Seventy books. That's the best birthday present a writer could ask for. I've been at this for twenty-three years since I sold my first book in March of 1993. I had the flu and when I got the call, I though I was hallucinating! In my delirious state, I heard those words every writer dreams of. "We want to buy your book!"
I still enjoy hearing those words. And that's why I'll be celebrating at two fun events come April. I'm telling you this now just in case you want to join me at either one!
First, the week of my birthday, we will head out to Las Vegas for the Romantic Times Booklovers' Convention. It's a week of wild fun and RT has really stepped up the game with inspirational and Christian fiction over the last few years. So a lot of us are attending and that means we get to meet some of the most important people in our lives--our readers! I'll be on two panels and I'll participate in the big booksigning and a couple of smaller signings and events. Always fun and fast-paced, RT has something for everyone! Hundreds of loyal readers will be there! (April 12- 17th 2016)
At the end of April, Big D and I will head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the popular Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon. This is another fun, wild weekend of fast-paced events. Along with Winnie Griggs, Sharon Sala, Holly Jacobs and Liz Talley, I'll help host a Friday early-bird event that includes book bingo and lots of prizes. Then on Saturday, we'll each host a table of readers by offering up swag bags of books and goodies. I can't wait to attend this event and meet more readers. (April 29th - May 1 2016)
So I think I'll be having a fabulous birthday month. If you have to turn 60, might as well make the best of it with some of the best people in the world. Our readers!!!
I hope to see some of you at one or both of these events. If you're going and you read this, let me know. I want to meet you!!! It's party time!!!