August 2013: I love going to this conference. It’s like going on retreat. We begin the days with rosary and Mass with wonderful homilists and beautiful music. A procession through the hotel from the ballroom, our “church,” over to the conference center where a small chapel awaits the exposition each day. Surprised hotel guests watch the procession. Confession, adoration, benediction, all of it! Prayer at the opening of each presentation reminds us we are there at Our Lord’s bidding to do His work. Wandering around the selling floor is like a trip to a Catholic Disneyworld. Wonderful art work, books, and religious articles as well as booths from publishers, and service industries are everywhere. The CWG has a booth where three of my books were among the nice display of books carrying the Seal of Approval of the Catholic Writers Guild. I had a book signing for one hour, took my turn at working the booth, and learned from the experts about social media and the publishing industry. As always, I came away with some new friends and feeling energized about my work.
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Deanna lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. She belongs to a local bookclub, SCBWI, Catholic Writers Guild, ACFW, NCWN and other writing groups.