by Patricia Bradley
I've had several people ask me what I liked best about the ACFW Conference in Indianapolis this past weekend, and I've discovered it's hard to pinpoint one thing. I mean, how often do you get the chance to tell the author of the very first Christian book you ever read (besides the Bible) thank you?
That's what I did Sunday night after Frank Peretti accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the banquet. I didn't get a photo of him because people had taken about nine gazillion by the time I reached him. But he was ever so kind and humble and wonderful as I gushed about reading This Present Darkness.
And then there was the all day session with James Scott Bell. The man is a genius.
And I went to my very first book signing...even though I didn't have a book to sell. But I got to hang out with some very cool writers like Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Amy Clipston, Shelley Shepard Gray, Amanda Flower, Lorie Langdon, and I probably left someone out. I also got to hang out with the great Mary Sue Seymour.
It was my very first conference where I didn't pitch. Talk about taking the pressure off! I did get to talk with my editor, Lonnie Hull DuPont, a great lady with a terrific sense of humor.
I did not hear you say she's gonna need it with me.
And I certainly don't want to forget my friends who rode with me to Indy: Sandy Stevener and Jessica Patch (who I kept calling Robin). Sandy kept us entertained with stories, and one in particular was about a man who'd had a horrible day. He came in from work and told his wife he couldn't take one more piece of bad news. She looked at him and said, "Okay, your son didn't break his leg."
But if I someone was holding a gun on me and said, "Quick, what was the best thing about the conference?" I'd have to say it was the writers. Everywhere I looked, writers were encouraging and praying for their friends and even strangers. The sense of camaraderie and love was everywhere. Months later when I look back at the conference, that's what I will remember.
So, if you went to the conference, what did you like best? And if you didn't go this time, when you do go, what do you expect to find?
Shadows of the Past from Revell February 2014
I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write