While the road trip, we were able to carve out some time to meet more of my author friends for the first time face-to-face. First up was Kennedy Ryan, author of some steamy romance novels. We became fast friends after meeting through our mutual friend, Katie Oliver. She’s as funny and effervescent in person as she is online and I don’t think my husband got a word in edgewise the whole time we were in the restaurant having lunch together.
I’m pretty sure we talked pretty fast for two straight hours and that heads turned with our raucous laughter. We spoke of our writing processes, self-publishing, book cover art, her foundation – Myles-A-Part – and her son’s adjustment to their move to San Diego, and many other things. Lunch flew by too fast and I was sad at having to part so soon. Kennedy is the kind of good energy you want to be around.
After lunch, we spent another couple of hours or so walking through Balboa Park with Richard Mellinger. I was drawn to Richard on Twitter, not only through a network of mutual author friends but because of his quirky sense of humor and ability to always surprise me with his twists on his short stories. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve said to him, “I did not see that coming!” – and I’m the one who can usually spot the twists from far away. He gets me every single time.
He is smart as a whip and our conversation varied from physics, teaching, dogs, and Sasquatch to name a few. Together we witnessed koi trying to eat ducks that were sharing a pond with them and proceeded to make all kinds of jokes about them as well as the giant koi we found in the Japanese Friendship Garden. Some moments we had no idea where we were going, we just walked and talked until we ran into a dead end – that was part of the fun of it. Next time we’re going to the zoo, right Richard? 😉
I’m still waiting for his publisher to set a date for his debut novel to drop. *drums fingers on desk*
One author I was hoping to meet up with was T.H. Hernandez. We met online seven years ago when we were both gluten-free bloggers and then lost touch when she stepped back from blogging. She found me on Twitter as we were both working on our debut novels and it’s like we never had that gap. She’s been a supportive friend through the years and I hope our next visit to San Diego will include a meet up with her.
On our drive home, we stopped in Arizona because it would’ve been sacrilege to not get together with my partner in crime, Douglas B. Wimmer. He cooked Japanese curry for us and we went miniature golfing. This last picture is a good representation of what it’s like when Doug and I get together.
That disturbance you feel in the Force is us up to no good.