Blythe and Lynn have already done such a great job of summing up our RWA experience, that I’ll only add a few personal notes.
I always have a wonderful time at the conference, but I agree with Blythe’s assessment that everyone seemed less stressed and ready to enjoy themselves. It was, in fact, all good.
I will add that Sherry Thomas’ Rita win was one that made me very, very happy. I’ve been championing the author since her debut and I think it’s a safe bet that Sherry will very shortly be taking her place as one of romance’s greats. I was also pleased, as were Blythe and Lynn, to see Julia Quinn inducted into the Hall of Fame for three Rita wins in the same category.
Everyone kept asking for gossip and most of it I had, I wasn’t free to share. (Conversation killer, right there.) Still, it all goes back to Blythe’s observation: We were there to celebrate and share the happy and that’s mostly what we ended up doing.