10 Things You Probably Didn't Really Want to Know About Authors Kristin was up for a Christy in this picture and though she didn't win, she should have! She started the craze here in the States and she is the best! We just spent four days with a bunch of authors and I thought you might not know these important facts:
1. We are perpetually insecure. One single bad review throws us into a tizzy even when we have ten that are glowing.
2. Nearly every writer I know has gone through rough times. I think it's God giving us the material we need to torture our characters.
3. Authors love to be around other authors who are just as twisted. It's the only way we can assure ourselves we're normal.
4. Don't mess with an author and her coffee. We are the biggest coffee drinkers I know. Nearly every author had a cup of coffee in their hands every morning. And we all complained about the coffee at our hotel even though the hotel itself and the service was fabulous. Quite a few of us even braved the heat and humidity in Orlando to find decent coffee.
5. Some authors are really good "baby whisperers" as Cara Putman put it about Karen Ball. I got some practice being a grandma myself and was pretty darn good at getting Rebecca to go to sleep.
6. Authors are extraordinarily giving people. I saw many people going out of their way to listen, to pray, to be kind to one another.
7. Writers talk when they get together. A lot. There is a dull roar going on all the time. I think it's from all that alone time. We hang out in the lobby and never seem to want to go to bed.
8. Writers are not afraid of making fools of themselves. One night we acted out the covers of our books. You should have seen some of the dumb things we did. But my lips are sealed. Denise's The Convenient Groom and Diann's For Better or For Worse brought some particularly hilarious pictures. For chocolate, I might be bribed to share some of those.
9. Not all writers are introverts. We divided up by introvert/extrovert for our fun night and we were pretty evenly divided.
10. Macs are making more and more of an inroad among us. I'm one of the evangelists for them. LOL
And I'll warn you: DON'T RIDE THE I-TROLLEY IN ORLANDO!!! Dave and I had no idea how to do it. We got on with Kristin to go get coffee. We had no idea you had to pull a cord for a stop. I assumed they'd stop at every bus stop. Um, no. We went flying by the Starbucks stop and ended up having to ride the thing all the way to the end. Coming back, we were in the back and CRAMMED full of people and the thing's air conditioning wasn't working well. We arrived to our hotel dripping and exhausted. It takes someone younger than me to want to ride it again. LOL