Love this question from our Ask BHP virtual mailbag: “I know there are conventions where fans can meet secular romance writers. Is there anything like that for inspirational authors?”
When I first read this question, my thought was that it would be so much fun if we could do a convention of authors…but our Bethany House authors are scattered in states all over the US and even out of the country. Not to mention the fact that if I tried to plan an event like that, I’d never have time to, you know, actually do my job and promote their books!
However, I’m glad I waited to answer this question, because such an event does exist! It’s not being organized by Bethany House (though we’re a sponsor and a number of our authors will be there), but that’s even better because it means you’ll get to meet great authors from other publishing houses. too. I’m excited to tell you a little about the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat.The event, a gathering of authors and readers, takes place right before the ACFW Conference on August 24 in Nashville, when lots of Christian authors are in the same place already. Bloggers Annie, Bonnie, and Carrie were inspired to form the planning committee because of their passion for fiction, and I love their vision for the event. Among the keynote speakers is Bethany House’s own Mary Connealy!
You can find all the details and information on their website—including a list of authors participating, a schedule of events, and resources to find a ride or a roommate.
I’m excited to see the fun that always takes place when you get a group of people passionate about books together in the same place! Hope many of you are able to make it.
Question for you, readers: if you could meet any author (Christian fiction or otherwise), who would it be?