RNA Conference 2013
I always love the Romantic Novelists' Association Conference, and this year was no exception. The setting was Sheffield Uni's lovely halls of residence (yes, this picture really is the grounds of the University, although I think it could easily be taken for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park). The company was, as always, wonderful, the seminars thought-provoking, the bookshop well-stocked and the goody bag generous. My second picture is one of the books I bought - Jane Lovering's Hubble Bubble - together with the accompanying 'goody' - a pretty pink bath heart. I was also lucky enough to receive in my goody bag a free book which was already on my wish list - Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper.
Standout talks for me a few weeks after the event were Julie Cohen's on theme, Catherine Jones' on character, Fiona Harper's on romantic structure, and Janet Gover's very hands-on session on TV and radio interviews. I was able to put my newly developed skills into practice just a few hours later when Miranda Dickinson interviewed me for her vlog, which was enormous fun, as well as another opportunity to show off just how lovely Sheffield University's grounds are! All in all a wonderful few days, and as always, I'm already looking forward to next year's conference.