The first time I attended the Central Ohio Fiction Writers' Conference, I met Dee Garretson, a woman a little younger than myself who was working, as I was, on a historical romance. We emailed a few times after the conference, but I suck at keeping up contacts and we lost touch.
Three years later, I again went to the COFW conference, where I met up with Dee once more. She was pitching her historical romance, but growing frustrated, and I had moved on to Novel #2, a suspense thriller. This time we managed to keep in touch, meeting occasionally for dinner and non-stop writing talk.
Then, in the spring of 2008, for a lark, she dashed off a middle-grade action adventure novel about the President's son getting trapped, along with two young friends, inside Camp David while outside a forest fire raged. She wrote it with her own son in mind and when she emailed me the manuscript, I was blown away. It was terrific.
Long story short, she's one of the few people whom I know personally who's ever gotten a contract with a major publishing house. HarperCollins will publish Escape from Camp David next summer.
Last week, at the prodding of her agent, she launched her blog. If you find time, go visit her: she's not only a great writer, she's a cool lady.
This Week's Prompt:
Describe a character ONLY by the things in her purse/his pockets.
Think of things that will tell us her/his age (no driver's licenses - that's cheating), profession, marital status, religious beliefs, political persuasion, criminal history, relationship status.....