I know this is a little late, but a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Julianne Donaldson and Sarah M.Eden at a Barnes and Noble in Phoenix, AZ—two Shadow Mountain authors on the Proper Romance Tour. Donaldson is the author of Edenbrooke and Blackmoore (two of my favorite books). And Eden wrote Longing for Home (the one book that had me really reading in the correct accent for her characters), and many others I haven’t read (but! I love her writing style, so I’m sure they’re fantastic). They are two amazing and amusing people. All who came were able to share laughs with the authors as they told stories of Ireland and England, their experiences there, and even some inside stuff about certain characters in their novels.
As I writer myself, I absorbed their information like a sponge. I even asked how long it took them to find an agent... Donaldson and Eden laughed and said that you're not officially a writer until you get at least a hundred rejection letters. Although that is not exactly encouraging (or the answer I was looking for...) it made me remember how success is never an easy thing—that you must never give up, even when all seems hopeless. Yet, to actually meet two successful authors in person was inspiring.
Not only were they a great example of success, but I was impressed with the way they handled their audience. They were kind, engaging, and insightful. It helped me to remember that authors are just like everyone else—people who are following their dreams.
I am glad that I got to meet them. I will have to read Eden's other novels, which will be an engaging and fun way to spend some extra free minutes here and there. I can't wait for Donaldson's next project (I honestly don't know if she's working on one, but with my own experience in writing, I know there's always something forming deep inside the mind) and to immerse myself in another quality book.
Needless to say, I had a great time. I had arrived several hours early, so much so that I even got to talk with the Barnes and Noble worker who was setting everything up and gave my advice on the layout of chairs (yes, I am an avid fan). Now, I can't wait to see Sarah M. Eden again as the keynote speaker at the American Night Writers Association (ANWA) Conference this next February. You can click on the link right here on ANWA to check out the website and details.