Connecting with My Tribe of Fellow Writers and Readers

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Lasheera Lee, Beverly Jenkins and Reese Ryan

Lasheera Lee, Beverly Jenkins and Reese Ryan

Writing is the perfect job for an introvert. Even one like me who often masquerades as an extrovert. Still, it is beneficial to get out in the world, meet new people, travel to new places and enjoy new experiences. All of which provide ideas for new stories.

Reese Ryan

Goofing off at Girls Night

Then, of course, there is the pure joy of connecting with your tribe–fellow writers and readers. Last weekend, I had the chance to do just that courtesy of Women and Words Impacting the Community–a fabulous reader event put on by Read You Later’s Lasheera Lee.

Women and Words organizer Lasheera Lee and author Reese Ryan

Women and Words organizer Lasheera Lee and author Reese Ryan

Christian fiction authors Summer Kinnard, Jacquelin Thomas, Michelle Stimpson and Cassandra Durham

Christian fiction authors Summer Kinnard, Jacquelin Thomas, Michelle Stimpson and Cassandra Durham

Historical authors Beverly Jenkins and Katharine Ashe

Historical authors Beverly Jenkins and Katharine Ashe

There were too many fabulous authors in attendance to name them all. However, the list of authors included fellow Kimani authors Nicki Night, Deborah Mello, Cheris Hodges and Kianna Alexander; Christian authors Jacquelin Thomas, Summer Kinnard, Cassandra Durham and Michelle Stimpson; Samantha Chase and historical authors Katharine Ashe and Beverly Jenkins.

North Carolina authors Samantha Chase and Reese Ryan

North Carolina authors Samantha Chase and Reese Ryan

Kimani Romance authors Reese Ryan and Deborah Mello

Kimani Romance authors Reese Ryan and Deborah Mello

I got to meet authors I’ve been a big fan of and was dying to meet like Beverly Jenkins (who I sat next to at Girls Night) and Deborah Mello. I also got to reconnect with some of my favorite authors like Kianna Alexander, Cheris Hodges, Iris Bolling, Summer Kinnard and Katharine Ashe. I had the privilege of meeting some wonderful readers and aspiring authors who I look forward to connecting with again.

Author and television show producer, Iris Bolling

Author and television show producer, Iris Bolling

North Carolina authors Reese Ryan and Summer Kinnard

At Girls Night with fellow North Carolina author Summer Kinnard

If you missed this fabulous event, don’t worry, this was the sixth event Lasheera has done and she plans to do another. Connect with her on Facebook for a heads up on the next event. It was an energizing event that reminded me why the community of readers and writers are my people.

Happy reading,

PS: I know it looks like I took Ms. Bev hostage and forced her to take that picture, but I didn’t. I swear! (Okay, kinda sorta, but she was a great sport about it.)

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Comments

  1. Wow! Looks like a fantastic event!

  2. Looks like you had a fabulous time! Such fun getting to meet fellow “tribe” members.

  3. So fun! I’m an introvert, too, so the only time you can drag me out for big group events is for writing conferences!

    • I’ve registered for my big reader conference–RT Booklovers Convention. I’m excited and terrified. It’s hard to get me out of the door, but I always have a great time at these events.

  4. How did I miss this post??? This seems like such a fun event. I did one recently in Charleston and can’t wait to do more. I love meeting new authors and talking to them about their process. Good times!

    • Keep me posted if you ever do another in Charleston. My husband’s family originates from there and I’ve been dying to get down there and enjoy the city.

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