I’ve had a pretty busy summer so far, but it’s going to get even busier. You see, next week I’m off to the Marriott Marquis in the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, Georgia for the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference. I’ve been going to their conferences for years, but this year I’ve been invited to be their emcee at their RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony on July 20th. I was shocked when they asked me. But I was also so honored to be asked to emcee the ceremony. I, of course, said yes, but then when I hung up, it hit me. It hit me what I’d just agreed to do. I mean, thousands of people attend the conference. Thousands!!! You have no idea how badly I wanted to call them back and say… “Did I say yes? I meant no, I really meant to say no.”
But then I realized the reason I wanted to say no. Just plain ol’ fashion fear. I don’t consider myself an overly brave person. I don’t jump out of perfectly good planes, ride bulls, or tie a rubber band around my waist and jump off bridges. But when I realize I’m afraid of something, something that isn’t life threatening, something that might even help me grow as a person, I force myself to do it.
Heck, for that matter, when I was asked to write the Shadow Falls series, I almost said no. You see, I was already publishing adult romance novels, but this was a new genre that I wasn’t accustomed to writing. And I was afraid to fail. But I rose up to the challenge and look where that led me. So…I didn’t call Romance Writers of America back, I wasn’t going to let fear win.
You know Kylie, Della and all my other Shadow Falls characters have fears, too. Sometimes in fiction, the best scenes are when you have your characters facing and overcoming those fears. And in this case, sometimes real life mimics fiction. It’s often those moments when we force ourselves to do something that frightens us, when we do it in spite of the flutters of nerves, it’s those moments that seem to make a difference in our lives.
As much as I’m still a little nervous of emceeing the awards ceremony, I can’t wait for the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 17th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from 5:30-7:30. You see at the Literacy Autographing, over 400 authors (including me!) will be signing their books, meeting and greeting fans, and all the proceeds go to literacy organizations. So, that means all the profits go to organizations that help people learn to read. It is a cause near and dear to my heart. And this event is entirely open to the public! So, if you are anywhere near Atlanta, come on out, meet me, purchase signed books, and help a worthy cause. If you do come, remember they may have me listed under my real name, Christie Craig, as well as C.C. Hunter.
Oh, now that I’ve confessed my own fear to you, it’s your turn. Are you afraid of something? Of trying something new? How do you cope with your fear?
Oh, and just an FYI, on July 19th I’ll be guest blogging at Between the Lines. It’s all part of a huge 2013 Summer Author Promo Blitz, and I’ll have giveaways for both international and U.S. readers. So be sure to stop by, read my guest blog, and enter to win! There’s even a Twitter Party at 7 PM: Use #2013SummerAuthorBlitz.
The winners of last week’s Shadow Falls t-shirt giveaway are Pam from Alaska and Madeline from France. Please email your mailing address and t-shirt size to firstname.lastname@example.org.