Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Meeting Beverly Lewis and Countdown to Conference

Last week I was invited by local author, Alice Wisler, who wrote “Rain Song” to attend a book signing by Beverly Lewis that was held at Cary's Page-Walker Arts & History Center. It was a pleasure to meet Mrs. Lewis who is a graceful, soft spoken lady and a successful writer of inspirational fiction. She is best known for her books about the Amish having been born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania herself. She shared about her experiences with the Amish and took questions from those attending the book signing. She released her newest book, “The Telling” which is the third in its series and I now have an autograph copy of her book and Alice’s book also. They both are published by Bethany House. It was a joy to meet Mrs. Lewis who is very encouraging to new writers and to meet her editor from Bethany House, Julie Klassen. Mrs. Lewis is also the author of the children’s series “Cul-de-Sac Kids”. To learn more about Durham author, Alice Wisler and her other books visit her blog.

Only 25 days till the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference at Ridgecrest. This will be my first experience at a writer’s conference. Last year there were about 350 attendees and many first timers like me. The conference was founded by Yvonne Lehman over 25 years ago and I plan to attend her continuing class “Beginning Novel Writing”. Some of the other faculty include; Jerry Jenkins-Co-author of the Left Behind Series, award winning author Deborah Raney, Les Stobbe-Literary Agent, Sue Brower-Executive Editor for Fiction at Zondervan, Christy Award Winner-Angela Hunt, Steven James-author of Thrillers and Suspense and Alton Gansky who is both a writer and Director of the BRMCWC. I have been perusing through all the classes being offered to narrow down the ones I should attend.

As conference attendees we are invited to enter the Conference Contest for unpublished writers. The categories are “Non-fiction books, Articles, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Thrillers, Women’s Fiction, Historicals, Romance/Romantic Suspense, Mainstream, Literary Novels, Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Books, Short Novels/Novellas, Devotionals, Play/Skits, Poetry, Bible Study and Visual Media.

I have submitted an entry in the Devotional category for the Contest and also for a Critique by Susan King, Assistant Editor of The Upper Room Magazine. I will be given a 15 minute appointment with Ms. King during the conference. I appreciate the opportunity for some feedback from someone with her experience. It will be a time of fellowship, learning, encouragement and time to worship through music and word. During lunch and dinner the faculty intermingles with attendees. Wednesday night will be the much anticipated Banquet and Awards Dinner. I know it will be a blessing to this NC native.