A few years ago, we started going to Florida during the winter. Arkansas winters aren’t that bad but let’s face it…Florida winters are SOOO much better! One of the first years I was there, I went into Orlando to the Central Florida Romance Writer’s monthly meeting. I had met Roxanne St. Claire the previous year and she was giving a talk on setting goals and priorities. An excellent talk. I met a really cool woman at that talk…Leigh Duncan. Here we are at Corky Bell’s having lunch for the first time in February 2007.
We exchanged phone numbers, talked, began to email and before I knew it, we had a wonderful friendship.
Leigh is lucky enough to have an AWESOME critique group she meets with every Thursday (or most Thursdays!) I gave her a real sob story about how much support I needed while I was in Florida, how I really missed my writing buds from home, how much I could use some critiques, and to seal the deal, I gave her the big puppy eyes. She gave in and invited me to her critique group. So every Thursday while I was in Florida, I was adopted by this crew. On the last Thursday I was there, I made them settle down long enough for pictures!