Smokin' Hot Simone

Simone attended her first RWA National Conference as a published author.

I thought I'd share a few of the things I learned at my first Nationals:

  • It's big.
  • Writers are kind and generous, especially to newbies.
  • People who work in publishing are just as smart and interesting as you think they are.
  • It's big.
  • Hotel elevators can be surprisingly complicated.
  • New York is amazing, even on your fifth trip.
  • Times Square is gorgeous at night.
  • Being a published author can be just a little bit glamorous, even when no one has heard of you.
  • I can, in fact, walk in high heels.
  • You can pack a surprising number of books in your suitcase without going over weight.
  • It's big.
  • Holding a glass of wine and looking confident can take you a long way in a room full of strangers.
  • The published authors with the biggest names are the ones with the most humility and genuine kindness.
  • The food in New York is amazing.
  • Did I mention it's big?

Available March 6, 2012

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DO YOU REMEMBER your first kiss?


  1. Love the food is amazing in New York part. I like trying all kinds of food and the Food Network doesn't help.

    I do remember my first kiss. Honestly, it was awkward and quick. Part of it was inexperience, another part was I kept on getting distracting my the voice in my head. It went like a sports play-by-play, an over-analysis. Though, the kiss in itself wasn't bad, just wasn't the best :)

  2. Simone, sounds like you had a GREAT time!

    As for my first kiss...yes, I remember it. Although I've spent many years trying to forget it.

  3. I do remember. It happened when I was in junior high. He was a classmate and it was awkward.

  4. I remember my first kiss. I liked on a dead end street with about 30 kids all within 7 years of eachother. I remember one day a group of us went to the end of the block and decided to experiment with kissing!! I think we were in about 4th or 5th grade.

    Susan R
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    (blogger will no longer let me sign in with my google account, so I have to be anonymous!)

  5. Hey Simone...so glad we had breakfast before the conference 'cause I only saw you on the run one other time. WOW ! Sounds like you had a great time.

    My very first kiss in first grade was with Ronnie Willhite. :-) Just a peck really. Waited all the way until I was almost 16 for the real thing with Max Doggett. He'd take me home in the afternoons from school and we'd practice. HaHa.


  6. I remember my first grownup kiss. He tasted like beer. Yuck. I only kissed him because he looked like Elvis. Not a great kiss. LOL

  7. I remember my first kiss and it wasn't good at all. I think I was in fourth grade and it was with a boy that lived down the street from me and the whole neighboorhood was there to witness it. Horrible!


  8. Hi GLIAS team!

    I hope to get to RWA in 2012 when it's in LA. It's only a 17 hour, one way trip, from Wellington, New Zealand.

    My first kiss is a hazy memory now (sigh - it was so long ago) but I'm sure it must have been with someone hot. Well, I thought he was hot at the time. Not sure what I'd think now!

  9. I really wish I could have been there. I was going to go last year when it was in Nashville because it's only a 9 hour drive. But it got moved too far away for a drive. The next time it's in the Mid-West, I'll go for sure. And, I'll be a newbie!

  10. I did have a great time, guys!

    I'm laughing because so far not one first kiss has been any good! I think that's a universal thing, lol!

  11. Who could forget? :-)

  12. Yes. Yes, I do. Thank goodness I don't have to go through that again.

  13. I do - but I would rather forget it!!