By Piper Huguley
Travel can be bumpy at times. This year’s Romance Slam Jam would take place in the wondrous city of New Orleans. There were four, count them, four conferences (both academic and fiction writing in NOLA this year.
I was meant to go.
So I went to the first conference of the year. I had a great time, meeting all kinds of wonderful people, talking about books, having fun with my roomie. The hotel was right by the airport. To save money to pay for a cab to go into New Orleans, we used the airport shuttle to take us (for free) to Dooky Chase’s in the airport and stuffed ourselves with gumbo, po’ boys and all kinds of NOLA specialties–and desserts. We happily ate bread pudding all weekend long.
The organizers of the conference set aside Friday night to rent buses to take us to downtown New Orleans and see the typical touristy sights. And we prepared to go out. I recall an attendee told us not to go out. We did not listen.
And the monsoon came. I have never seen rain like that. I now understand what happened in Hurricane Katrina in an intimate and new way.
Even the locals had to admit that was a nasty storm. We got to go across the street from the bus to the Harrah’s. And back again. There was no way anyone could go anywhere else without getting drenched and defeated knocked by that storm.
So here I am in the aftermath of the previous day’s storm at the Author Meet and Greet. My first one. The one where my roomie and I didn’t know enough to have candy. Still, everyone was so kind in our naive and candyless state, no one made fun of us and I’m terribly grateful to all of the Slam Jam attendees for that. Ask anyone at my college–I’m the one with the candy…..
I’ve got to get back to New Orleans–soon. And what did I learn while I was there? Always bring candy. And the HEA?
I’m an author!! The Lawyer’s Luck is now available as an e-book for Kindle–only $.99! Other platforms coming soon!
Piper G Huguley is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. Book one in her new 19th century historical series, The Preacher’s Promise, in the “Home to Milford College” series was a semi-finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and will be self-published in summer 2014.
She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
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