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Golden Heart Suspense
4/14/2012 12:12:08 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Tales from the RWA Conference
Golden Heart and RITA announcements went out a couple of weeks ago. Once upon a time, I was a Golden Heart finalist in the Romantic Suspense category. It was a long time ago... 

I embarked on my very first trip to the ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA conference. There was definitely an element of suspense to the whole process. I had no idea what to expect and quite honestly, I was nervous as all heck. But I packed up my bags, along with my conviction, and I boarded that plane. As the cab pulled up in front of the hotel, I walked through the sliding front doors into the lobby and witnessed a throng of nearly 300,000 women (or so it appeared to me at the time). Hyperventilating, I spun around to leave, but the cab had already pulled away.

I had no choice but to 'man up' as they say. I took a deep breath and walked directly into that throng (with my head ducked down). But try as I might to stay invisible, the Golden Heart ribbon affixed to my shirt was like a beacon. People I didn’t know would stop and say, “Ohhh, you’re a finalist. Congratulations! What category?” After my fifth congratulatory comment I decided the RWA Conference was a really cool place to be. :)

The day before the award ceremony they made us practice walking up the steps and onto the stage. They even made us go up to the microphone and speak into an empty arena to get used to the sound of our voice over the speaker system. The rule they recited over and over was to NOT drink any alcohol before the ceremony so that you didn’t embarrass yourself by tripping or saying something silly.

The night of the ceremony came, and no, I didn’t win my category, but it’s an honor just to be nominated, right? :) I had to chuckle that night, though. A very prominent NY Times best-selling author won a RITA. She walked up to the podium and held up her award and very loudly announced, “And guess what…I’ve been drinking!”

Congratulations to all the RITA and Golden Heart finalists!

Maureen A. Miller

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More Blogs by Maureen A Miller
• HIGH TIDE - Friday, June 28, 2013
• Do You Look At The Stars? - Friday, May 24, 2013
• Science Fiction, Cows, and Romantic Suspense - Saturday, April 27, 2013
• Are You A Movie Crier? - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
• Inventing Worlds - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
• A Funny Thing Happened... - Wednesday, January 09, 2013
• Responsible Writing - Thursday, August 02, 2012
• A Day In The Life Of A Romantic Suspense Heroine - Friday, April 27, 2012
•  Golden Heart Suspense - Saturday, April 14, 2012  
• Interview With Mitch Hasslet from JUNGLE OF DECEIT - Wednesday, March 14, 2012
• Is It Dangerous Being A Romantic Suspense Author? - Monday, February 27, 2012
• Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? - Saturday, December 31, 2011
• Just Romantic Suspense - Friday, October 28, 2011
• Grandma - Thursday, September 15, 2011
• Life On The Treadmill - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
• What do 9/11 and Jungle Of Deceit have in common? - Friday, August 19, 2011
• Haunted Houses - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
• RWA Conference - Wednesday, July 06, 2011
• What If Your Book Became A Movie? - Saturday, June 25, 2011
• Sample Sunday - ENDLESS NIGHT - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
• Thirsty for Knowledge - Saturday, May 21, 2011
• Meteor Strategy - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Excerpt - WIDOW'S TALE - Thursday, April 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense Snippet - WIDOW'S TALE - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• BORROWED TIME BLOG - Monday, March 07, 2011
• Romantic Suspense in the Adirondacks. - Sunday, February 27, 2011
• WIDOW'S TALE - Snippet - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
• BORROWED TIME - Snippet - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
• CONFERENCES - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
• Cliche - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• Blustery Romances - Saturday, December 18, 2010
• If I've done one thing in my life... - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
• East or (really West) coast? - Saturday, May 16, 2009
• Good morning, America - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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