The ACFW conference is one of the best if not the best conference for fiction writers of all genres. You have good fun, good fellowship and good food. It is a time of renewing old friendships and making new.
One of the most difficult things for me this summer is to realize I won’t make the conference this year…the first one I’ve missed since joining ACFW way back in its beginning. I’m still praying for a miracle because I hate having to wait another year to see so many of the writing friends made over the years.
Here’s my list of things that make the conference the most fun ever and the best one you’ll ever attend. 1. Late night chats with old friends and new 2. Matching faces with names from the loop 3. Chocolate Party 4. Wonderful Awards Dinner 5. Meeting Editors and Agents in the hall, at mealtimes, by appointment 6. Learning so much about the craft of writing 7. Book signing…this year at the Mall of the Americas…wow…fantastic 8. Mingling with authors like Deb Raney, Brandilyn Collins, Colleen Coble, Gayle Roper, Kim Sawyer, Susan May Warren, and so many others.
Of course the list could go on and on. If this is your first conference, hop on over to the Forums on our website and you’ll find topics and friends willing to tell you everything you need to know.
Check out my blog from last year for the memories I have from all the other conferences. Here are more pictures taken last year. I will be there in spirit if not in body, and I’ll be praying for all of you everyday.
Camara Cole is one of the feistiest heroines you will ever meet. Having had to fight for her right to be a mechanic and mud-racer in a world dominated by men, Camara sets out to prove that gender has nothing to do with talent and ability. When Chase Lamar becomes her closest competitor, he also becomes her closest friend and ally, but Camara doesn’t want to see it that way because of his past behavior and attitude towards her. The Bride Wore Coveralls is a fun, easy read that introduces the reader to the world of mud-racing. Camara and Chase are the best at what they do, but when problems with Camara’s truck keep occurring just before big races Camara realizes someone doesn’t want her to be the winner. Not until a near tragic accident injures Camara does the truth become clear. Only then will Camara learn to open her heart and trust others.
Imagine having a daughter then losing her to a genetic disease as a teenager then discovering the girl wasn’t your daughter after all due to a mix-up and switching at birth. This is the dilemma facing Marty Winslow as she learns more about the mix-up and where her biological daughter is. When Marty gains custody, Andie is forced to leave the grandparents she loves to live with strangers who are her mother, two sisters, and a grandfather. This is the story of that new relationship and how it grows and evolves into a family. The Winslows own a drive-in theater, the Blue Moon, and Tuesday night is family night. By being involved at the drive-in concession stand on these and other nights, Andi begins to learn more about herself and the new family she has. Written from the viewpoints of both Marty and Andie, the reader will feel their pain, cry at the unfairness of life, laugh at their mishaps and rejoice in victory. A truly different kind of love story that will satisfy your heart.