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Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 Pre-Conference Mix and Mingle



By K. L. Bridgewater

Laurie Tomlinson, a fellow friend and writer, started this as a way for ACFW members to get to know each other before the big ACFW conference in St. Louis later this month. What a fun way to get to know other writers before going! It would be a good way to say hi when you have seen their picture and know a little bit about them. Thank you, Laurie. 

 Below are my answers to Laurie’s mix & mingle questions.  Be sure to check her blog post to read her answers and get to know lots of other Christian fiction authors.

Here’s what to do:

- Copy/paste and fill out your own answers (you don’t have to answer all of them!) in a post on your own website and paste the URL to that post (not your home page) using this handy link-up tool. Just click on the blue button below that says “Add your link”. If you don’t have a website, feel free to answer the questions in the comments below!

- Make sure to link back to this post after you fill out your answers so any of your readers who are conference attendees can participate, too! The more, the merrier.

- Click through the links below to get to know other conference attendees before St. Louis!

Here are the questions and my answers!

Name: Kelly Bridgewater

Location: Terre Haute, IN

What you write/tagline/trademark: Romantic Suspense/ Suspense / “Creating Justice One Suspense at a Time”

Place in the book world: Pre-published author who has had two short stories published while in graduate school and presented an essay at a literary conference. Currently working on my third manuscript, which is the first in a three part series!

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: I don’t mind hugs, but talk to me first.

The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Books, writing, and hockey!

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My husband, twelve-year-old son, nine-year-old son, six-year-old son, my golden retriever, Happy, and our beagle, Snoopy.

Conference goals we can pray for? I paid for a critique by DiAnn Mills, so pray that I listen to her seasoned advice and apply it to my writing. Also, to listen and learn from the authors who prepared the classes and my mentor sessions. I’m volunteering at the registration desk on Thursday from 2-5 p.m., so I hope to meet a lot of smiling and joyful people who will say hi when they see me.

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes! You can like my author page on Facebook and sign up on my blog, "Creating Justice One Suspense at at Time," to receive my posts when I submit something (I will NOT share your email with anyone, and blogger will only send an email when I post something, which is currently every Tuesday (book reviews) and Friday (writing advice).

That’s it!

Be sure to check out who’s going to conference as (hopefully) the links start showing up!
If not, now you know a little more about me :)

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for participating! Can't wait to see you again :) I got a critique last year, SO nervous about meeting one of my writing heroes (Jenny B. Jones) and it was a fantastic learning experience!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie for the encouragement. I always become nervous when I have to talk to an accomplished writer. I hope you and I will be there one day.

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  2. I got a paid crit from Deb Raney back in.... 2009? I think?

    It seems CRAZY that it has been that long ago.

    But oh my goodness, the crit was SO influential to me. It gave me some great insight and.... she actually LIKED it. I honestly needed the confidence at that moment, and it was worth every penny and every nervous tingle in my belly leading up to it!

    Can't wait to meet you!!!

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    1. Krista, I can't wait to meet you too. Thanks for the encouragement and coming to my blog. It means more to me than you know.

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  4. Hi Krista, I write contemporary suspense with a romantic edge :) DiAnn Mills was my mentor during my CWG Craftsman course and she is incredible!! Love your tag line too. I followed you on FB and am looking forward to meeting you in St, Louis.

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    1. Thank you, Natalie for commenting on my post. Thank you for loving my tag line. I like it too :). I hope we meet in St. Louis too.

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  5. DiAnn is amazing! I look forward to meeting you at the conference.

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    1. Thank you, Christina! I hope to meet you too.

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  6. We have kids of similar ages, K.L.! Mine are: girl (13), boy (10), girl (5). Hope to see you at conference!

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    1. That's pretty cool, Becky! Thanks for commenting. I hope to see you at conference too :).

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  7. Hi Kelly! I'm pre-published too! I'm a hugger, but don't worry. If I see you I'll talk to you first haha.

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    1. Thank you, Sara. I'm always happy tomeet other pre-published writers. Can't wait to meet you too.

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  8. How cool to do a critique with DiAnn Mills! My brain was exhausted last year after everything that I learned, it was such a blessing. Hope to meet you this year!

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    1. Thank you, Connilyn. I'm excited and nervous to have a critique done by Diann, but I keep telling myself It will only improve my writing. I hope we run into each other too.

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  9. Hi K.L.! I pray your critique is very helpful and that it will provide guidance for you as you continue to write. Hope to see you around at ACFW! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Ashley. I pray the critique is helpful too. I hope to see you at ACFW too.

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  10. Hi Kelly! I noticed on your side bar that you're reading Irene Hannon's Deceived--I have a review copy on deck right now! If we run into each other at conference, we'll have to compare notes on it. :) Adding you to my pre-conference prayer list!

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    1. Thank you Brandy! I received a review copy this past week too. I'm hoping to finish it before conference, so I can have it scheduled on my blog before I head to conference. I would love to talk about Irene Hannon's books with you. She is one of my favorite suspense writers. Even though I do like her contemporary romance books too.

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    2. This'll be my first of hers, although I have a copy of One Perfect Spring waiting for me, too! I do like suspense, though. I tore my way through about seven of Kristen Heitzmann's last year. :)

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