Have you ever met one of your idols, writing-wise?
I have now.
About two months ago, I was avoiding writing and killing time by looking at the Colorado RWA groups. When I came to the one for Pikes Peak Romance Writers, I about wet myself! Because their site said they were hosting the Linda Howard in June. I was shaking so hard I could hardly dial the phone, but I called my friend Kim and asked her to go with me. Since Kim is as big a fan as me, maybe more so, I knew she would be excited, too!
Last Saturday, Kim and I traveled the five and half hours needed to see Linda Howard in person.
She didn't disappoint.
The woman knows funny!
She had the crowd in stitches practically from her opening line.
But, more importantly to me, she gave me, and unpublished fan, some good advice. Some I needed to hear.
Any of you who follow this blog know that I've been struggling with writing for this past year. I want to write something only I really love, and Linda Howard, the Linda Howard, encouraged me to do it.
I can't put into words what that means to me. I know, a writer with no words! But it felt incredible to have a person whose work I admire so much tell me to go for it.
Kim, too, left there feeling excited about her work, and looking ahead.
I would encourage any of you who have the chance to go see an author you admire, if the chance ever comes.
I would encourage you to see Linda Howard, but this was her last speaking engagement. I heard a rumor she is going to speak at nationals, but I'm not certain that's true. If it is, I'd go!
Thank you, Linda Howard, for giving this writer/fan a boost!