I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Christian Fiction Readers Retreat on August 12th! The retreat is the brainchild of bloggers Carrie (Reading is my Superpower), Annie (Just Commonly), and Bonnie (Overcoming with God) and it’s a day of fun, fellowship, and worship for Christian fiction writers, readers, bloggers, and publishing types.
After journeying to Cincinnati for the retreat, one of the first people I saw at the hotel was Carrie. Check out her shirt! It lists her book boyfriends and I was delighted when I saw that my Ty Porter was among them. I knew then and there that I’d found “my people”.
My good friend Dani Pettrey and I were invited to give a presentation at this year’s retreat. An honor! Dani was unable to make it, unfortunately. But as you can see from the below photo courtesy of Emilie Hendryx, Dani visited us via FaceTime. The fact that all the technology cooperated with me — a minor miracle.
Our workshop was called The Creation of a Novel. As part of our presentation we shared “video diaries” that detailed the high and lows Dani and I faced with our recent releases during each of the four phases: planning, writing the rough draft, revising, and publication. Here they are, in case you’d like a to take a peek!
I loved our lunch table. I had a great time meeting new people and talking books. Here’s me, Courtney Walsh, and Katie Ganshert with two of the women at our table.
After lunch, Courtney participated in the Book Boyfriends panel. Seated to the left of her? Susan May Warren.
Some of our intrepid authors dressed up in the clothing of the time period they write. Check out the gorgeous Civil War era gown!
This year and last, the highlight of the retreat was the time I spent talking with readers and fellow writers. In my regular life, I don’t come into contact with many people who’ve read my books. But the CFRR attendees are tremendously well read in our genre. Their encouragement meant so much to me.
The reader in the below photo had no idea we’d been photo-bombed until she got home and took a closer look at the picture. That Kristi Ann Hunter!
I was sad to see the day come to a close. However, the parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow part was softened by the amazing goodie bags we all received. Our To Be Read piles are now tall!
I believe the CFRR will be held in Nashville next year. Will you be there?