IMG_1704On November 19th, I woke up to snow! At around 10 a.m., the snow stopped at my house, so I loaded my three dogs in the car, along with my suitcases, and we took off on the 50 mile drive to Grand Rapids where they would be kenneled and I would board a plane to Miami the next day. Unfortunately, the snow started up again as soon as we hit the freeway and we drove, in near-whiteout conditions, all the way to GR. It was a harrowing drive, but we made it and the next morning, I was off to Miami to accept my gold medal in Supernatural Fiction!

Of course, the plane left 45 minutes late – they had to de-ice the wings! But, Delta apparently knew this was going to happen and built extra time into their flight schedule so I landed at LaGuardia just ten minutes late!

From left to right, back row, Val Silver, Adrienne LaCava, Leyla Atke; front row, Linda Watkins, Diane Robinson, Wayne Clark

While waiting to board the next flight, I struck up a conversation with another lone passenger who turned out to be another award winner, Val Silver (Rescue Me). Her book is about dog rescue which, as anyone who knows me knows, is a subject that is dear to my heart.

The next day, I went to the Miami Book Fair (in the rain) with Diane

Leyla Atke (Charm, An Amazing Story of A Little Black Cat) and Diane Robinson (Sir Princess Petra’s Talent)

Robinson (Sir Princess Petra’s Talent) , her sister, Cindi, Wayne Clark (he, She) and Leyla Atke (Charm, An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat).

This was my first book fair and, even though the weather was not ideal, it was great fun!

Also, on Friday, I was happy to meet Jalpa Williby – double gold medal winner for Chaysing Dreams and Chaysing Memories.¬†I’ve known Jalpa for some time, through cyberspace on Facebook, Twitter, etc. To meet her in person was just such a hoot!

Me and Mateguas Island at the Readers' Favorite Booth
Me and Mateguas Island at the Readers’ Favorite Booth

Saturday night was the award ceremonies and it was just so special.  Later that evening, I hung out with Jalpa and with Lita Burke (Wrath) another cyber-friend I was privileged to meet.

All in all, it was a blast! I met so many wonderful and talented people and made so many new friends.

Gosh, I hope I can make it there again – maybe next year?

Lita Burke, Jalpa Williby and me after the award ceremony
Lita Burke, Jalpa Williby and me after the award ceremony
Me receiving my Gold Medal in Supernatural Fiction
Me receiving my Gold Medal in Supernatural Fiction