Monday, August 04, 2008

Wow! What a conference week!

I have so many pics to share from the San Francisco RWA conference and I'll have to do a double whammy post. I want to start out by giving a shout out to Melissa Marr, winner of the Young adult Romance RITA award for Wicked Lovely. Congrats, Melissa!

I met Melissa during the finalists reception, and darn if I didn't have my camera, so as soon as Simone Elkeles (hint, hint) sends me some pics, I'll be sure to post them. And Melissa said she enjoyed my book, shall I just faint now? haha. Thank you, Melissa!

Oh, and look at the surprise Tina sent me to wish me good luck with the RITAs. She is like the coolest critique partner ever!

Gift from Tina

Let's start off with the "Readers For Life" Literacy signing where over 500 Romance authors were gathered to sign donated books by publishers to raise money for Literacy. Heather Davis was nice enough to send that photo of me in the previous post, and thank you to Tina for posting! And I had my handy dandy camera ready to shoot any YA writer I came across. Not many could get past my quick trigger finger. Let's see who I ran into...

Brooke Taylor, debut author of Undone. Hello Brooke!

Brooke Taylor

Alyson Noel, author of Cruel Summer and Saving Zoe with writer, Elizabeth.

Alyson Noel

Barb Caridad Ferrer, author of Adios to My Old Life & It's Not About the Accent.

Barb Caridad Ferrer

Tera Lynn Childs, author of Oh. My. Gods.

Tera Lynn Childs

Soon to be debut author, Trish Milburn.

Trish Milburn

Author of Read My Lips, Teri Brown.

Teri Brown

Soon to be debut author, Rhonda Stapleton and writer, Amanda Brice from the Fictionistas.

Rhonda and Amanda

Soon to be debut author, Heather Davis with Ruth Kaufman. I'm sorry Heather, I got you with your eyes closed!

Heather & Ruth

And those are the authors I caught in action! :) Whew! More to come this week!

9 fresh comments:

Rhonda Stapleton said...

YAY--thanks for the shout-out! I am so happy I got to meet you!!

Mel Francis said...

I hate that I missed conference this year. But it looks like you had a great time! Thanks for the Fictionistas shout out and for spending a day with us last week.

Kristen Painter said...

Hey, thanks for mentioning the Fictionistas! Fun pics. Keep 'em coming!

Gwen Hayes said...

I'm so happy more and more pictures are being posted today. Especially since I took zero. Thanks for the shout out.

TinaFerraro said...

I loved seeing all these pictures! And I'll have a few of some more YA friends that I caught up with at the SCBWI that I'll post on Friday.

And Kelly, how cute that you photographed the fruit plate! :)

stephhale said...

Those are great, Kelly. Thanks for posting them.

Kelly Parra said...

Hey Rhonda, you're welcome! Thanks so much for saying hello!
Hi Mel, sorry to have missed you!
Hi Kristen, thanks! Will do!

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Gwen, no problem! I forgot my camera many times during the conference. haha!
Hey Tina, looking forward to those pics! Yeah, I wanted to show you your gift. haha!
Hi Steph, thanks so much for posting the pics on Buzz Girls! I definitely wanted to meet you in person!

what'sinyoursoul said...

Thank you for stopping by, Kelly! I met the very lovely Tina at the LA conference. What a weekend! I hear congrats are in order for you, too!