So…I’ve been wanting to say this for awhile, but I wanted to find just the right time and venue. Today’s the day.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. I know there’s a ba-jillion voices out there vying for your time. I’m humbled and honored that you follow this voice. I pray it will always bring truth and life to your heart.
I was invited to participate in the Writer’s World Blog Tour. Each blogger participating answers a few “interview” questions about their writing and then introduces two or three other bloggers to the world. Next week, these authors will be passing on the love as they continue the tour on their blogs.
I just realized as I created this post that almost every one of the women I’m introducing I met at a writers conference. If you are a writer or dream of publishing a book one day, writers conferences are a must. Networking plays a huge role in this industry, but more than that, we writers need each other. If you want to find out more about conferences and national writing groups please leave me a comment.
Now lets’ get started!
Tina: (The friend who invited me to go on tour.)
When you attend writers conferences, there’s always a few people that you feel drawn to. You seem to end up in the same classes or in lunch line together or at a table at dinner, and there is an immediate connection. This is what happened when I attended FCWC a few years ago and kept running into Tina. (Smile). God sealed our friendship when Tina ended up as my “shuttle” driver to the airport–an hour from the conference facilities. You get to know people when you’re kind of lost in a car in the Florida boonies. Thank goodness for smart phones and Google maps. I thank Tina for that ride back to the airport at her own expense and for inviting me to participate on the World Blog Tour.
Tina Yeager: Wife, mom, and latte junkie, Tina spends her free time working on young adult supernatural suspense novels. While serving as President of Tampa Word Weavers and a keynoter for Women of Destiny, she also runs a private counseling practice in Brandon, Florida.
Connect with Tina:
Ten writers sat around a conference table participating in a week long nonfiction practicum class led by Eva Marie Everson at BRMCWC. We were from different parts of the country, with different backgrounds and writing styles. I almost fell out of my chair when one of the students introducing herself said, “I’m from Wilmington, NC.”
“No way!” I said (I think with my inside voice.)
That was the day I met Nivine. I was immediately impressed with her professionalism and her heart for God. Not long after that we partnered to launch a Word Weavers chapter in Wilmington, and we’ve worked on the chapter’s leadership team for three years. Nivine recently published her first Bible study, Enduring Faith.
Nivine Richie is a women’s Bible study teacher in Wilmington, N.C., where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. A university finance professor, she is actively involved in the Christian faculty association on campus. Nivine has participated in and taught many small group studies over the years. She seeks to help others launch their own small group studies and is available to speak at women’s events. She loves the coast, camping, and a good cup of coffee.
or on Twitter at @UnfoldHisWord
I’m trying to recall exactly how we met, but I think it was on a blog link-party. I clicked on the link to her post, loved what I read, and commented (which is the rule on most link-parties) and she returned the kindness/ettiquette by doing the same. A few months later I was sitting in a class at a writers conference and noticed the name tag of the girl sitting in front of me. I busted out loud, “Jen Weaver? The Jen Weaver!” She whipped around and glanced at my name tag and experienced the same excitement, “Andy Lee? The Andy Lee!” It was so fun to meet in person a gal I’d met through cyber-space. It is indeed a small world. Jen told me, “I’m so glad I met you on your blog before I met you in person because I already knew your heart.” I love this girl.