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When Spires of Stone came out, I was smart enough to take a camera with me more often, so I actually have pictures of things like the LDS Booksellers Association Convention and my giant book cover poster and cool stuff like that.
As I think this series has shown, writing is hard work. It's not a journey for the faint of heart. And even when you cross the "finish line," you're really just beginning a new race with new challenges.
For this post, I thought I'd show some of the fun that has come with my writing journey. Because yes, there are a lot of perks.
Here I am at my LDSBA book signing:
And here's my gigantic book cover poster:
That spring was the 5th Annual LDStorymakers Conference, which Heather (H. B.) Moore and I co-chaired.
Lots of fun, that. Here I am with my co-chair Heather (far left) and the previous year's conference "queens," Josi and Julie:
And of course following the conference was the first-ever Whitney Awards Gala, where I was a finalist for Best Historical novel for Spires of Stone. (I said I'd be okay losing only to Heather. I did, so we're all good.)
Here I am with Heather and Michele, who are both in my critique group:
I got to present the award for Best Romance. I couldn't have been more thrilled to read the name of my dear friend Michele Paige Holmes:
My older sister nominated me for Utah's Best of State medal for fiction (I tell the whole story here). And I won.
My parents were overseas on a church assignment, so they celebrated by treating me to a salon for my hair to be done in an up-do:
This was the first time since our wedding day that my husband wore a tux:
And here I am with my sweet sisters at the Best of State gala:
The year following the release of Spires was definitely more busy, exciting, and rewarding than any other of my writing career. I'd been through enough ups and downs that these moments were ones I cherished and drank in as they came.
Even though at times it would have been nice not to have to scrape and claw my way along the path, I think I appreciated each success more for having fought each step of the way.
Today we have the very last, final tour stops (phew!)*
*But I'll still link over to other reviews and fun stuff as they come along.