Yes, I finally met my critique buddy, Cherise Sinclair. We’ve been trying to find a conference where we both were attending, and finally managed to meet at the Novelist’s Inc conference in St. Petersburg, FL. Needless to say, I was stoked.
The beginnings of being crit buds were founded in being fan girls of each others books. I loved Cheri’s books. I re-read them when I need a comfort read. Her voice calls to something in me. It’s as if I “know” her like an old, dear friend or twins separated at birth. She also writes clean, tight prose with romance, kink, and just enough action to make my thriller-writing soul happy.
She likes my books which is very flattering. She says I write erotic romance. I’m just thankful she likes them and wants me to critique her books.
As crit buds, we’re tough on each other–but that just makes us strive to be better writers.
Meeting her wasn’t awkward at all. She is very nice. Down-to-earth. She put up with my babble and rapid change in topics. We are both normally introverts. We both like to sit at the back of a conference room in case we feel the need to leave. We both like our nests where we write. And we are both married to men named Tom who are retired and finding their way in that retirement. And I have to say we are both married to men who let us be what we need to be.
Yes, as I said, twins separated at birth — friends and crit buds ever since my Stormy Weather Baby and her Hour of the Lion. And I hope, friends forever now that we’ve met.