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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Conference! Whoohooo!!!  I would echo everything Colleen said about the conference experience. 

Not only can we gather with other writers and learn more about our craft, but we can also deepen our friendship with sisters in Christ. We laugh, learn, eat, worship and pray together. Conference is a place to make memories.

Like the time when:

--Colleen pitched my book for me because I was too shy to talk about it (you find that hard to believe, right?) 
--A woman went on and on about how great my book was and it was Denise's.
--I ordered calamari thinking it was noodles and Kristin gave it to me straight--then explained to the server so I could reorder something normal.
--Robin Lee Hatcher, Gayle Roper, and others walked into the room and I was totally star struck.
--Karen Ball made us laugh till we hurt when she talked about the goldfish (who will ever forget that one?) .

The learning, the worship, the fun, the food, it is all awesome. You'll meet friends with whom you can share your best (and worst) writing and they'll love you anyway. 

Trust me, I know this. When I battled an illness this past year, many of my conference friends sent cards, emails, chocolates, gifts, and prayers my way. Shoot, Colleen even gave me an extra shot of morphine! Only a conference friend would do that! *g*

You see, it's more than just a conference. It's life changing--usually in ways you'd never imagine.

So share a conference memory, break out the chocolate and start packing!!!
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:49 PM  
  Comments (15)
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At 5:57 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

It sounds like so much fun! And good for my writing too, of course. Still praying about going. We'll see.

Diann, just found your book RV There Yet. I can't wait to read it. You and the rest of the writers here really need to come over to PA for a book signing or something. The bookstores here seem to only carry your latest book, and that's not good enough. I need them all. :)

Thanks for the input about conference. It's sounding too good to pass up.

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Well, I'm not a writer but reading about this conference sure makes me want to go! It sounds like so much fun just hanging out! I love to laugh! Have fun those of you that go!

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I will NEVER live down the morphine incident!!!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Tina said...

I remember shyly sitting at Colleen's table back in 05 at my first conference ever. I was afraid to talk to a real live author, but she had emailed me encouraging words before the conference and was the only person I "knew" to sit by. LOL. It was a wonderful conference and I'm looking forward to this year's.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Hope you can go, Sarah! And I hope you enjoy RV There Yet! *g*

Come on over, Andrea! You may want to write by the time you get through the conference! LOL!

No, Colleen, you will never live down the morphine incident. I love you for it, girlfriend! :-)

Tina, isn't that so Colleen? She makes everyone feel so welcome! And that's what you are at the conference--WELCOME!

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Gee, Tina, now you know authors are just normal people. Wait, strike that, maybe not NORMAL. LOL

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Colleen- I would have to question the normal part! Your books are evidence. That kind of thinking is NOT normal :) BUT important when writing great suspense!

One question-didn't I respond a few days ago to a dentist post? Diann did you go and how did you do?

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

It is indeed life changing! I remember meeting you after reading your books and loving them. :D

I remember the gold fish moments, the TA DA!! moments and all that I have learned.

But the friendships ... oh the friendships! Those are eternal. :)

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

I'm so psyched for conference. There are too many good choices. Sigh. I love a problem like that LOL

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

You know, Tina, Colleen was one of the first people I knew in ACFW, too. And 2005 was my first conference -- how fun that we've been on the same track!

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You are such a sweetie, Ane!

See there, Ane is a great example. She is such a GREAT friend, and I never would have known her if I hadn't gone to conference!!!

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Diann, only you could mistake calamari for pasta. And SHY? I don't think I've ever seen you when you haven't been animated and vibrant and fun-loving. Come on, any woman who wants polka-dots and women in red hats for her web site design (albeit, the old one), HAS to be a barrel of laughs. :)

Wish I could say Colleen was the first person I knew at ACFW, but it was Tracie Peterson. Colleen was #2, and I haven't been the same since. LOL!

Nevertheless, the conference is THE place to be if you write Christian fiction.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I love this post, Diann! And who doesn't need an extra shot of morphine now and then? Lol...

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di, Did it ever occur to you that Colleen may have tried to OD you on morphine because your hospital gown was BROWN??? I'm just sayin'.

I'll never forget when I accidently overwhelmed poor Denise (at that time, I still had Denise Hunter's and Diann Hunt's names totally confused) by going up to her and saying, "You are SO not Diann Hunt!"

I've toned myself down considerably since then... :)

Katy McKenna

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Cara, you are right! I feel a kindred bond with you. And remember when you rushed up to me before Mary DeMuth's class in 06 (I think) because you wanted to do my debut story in the debut of Afictianado?

Wasn't that the same conference that you received the Barbour contract and we all got to see you rush up on stage like you were going to see Bob Barker? Oh, that is a happy memory. :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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