My Literary Heroine – Anne Rice – at RT Convention 2012
I’m a little slow, but I just found out that my literary heroine – Anne Rice – is going to be at the RT Convention in Chicago. She’ll be at the Saturday, April 16th Book Fair from 11am – 2pm at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel in Chicago, just adjacent to O’Hare Int’l Airport. If you’re an Anne Rice fan and you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss this!
I swear…when I read this in the RT Book Reviews newsletter, I stopped breathing for 3 seconds and sat there at my computer with my mouth hanging open. Then I cried tears of joy and called my friend Genella de Grey to screech like a bahn sidhe (pronounced ban-shee). I’m relieved I didn’t almost pee myself…like I almost did when I received a personal response from Anne Rice after I announced the release of my debut novel MIDNIGHT CONQUEST…which she inspired and to whom I have dedicated. Anyone who missed that…I’ll be more than happy to recap for you…
Personal E-mail from Anne Rice
From: Anne Rice
Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2011 10:13 AM
To: Arial Burnz
Subject: Re: Thank You for Your Inspiration – Publishing After 20 Years!
This is so moving. You are kind to share this with me, and I’m extremely happy for you that your book is being published. I wish you every blessing with this adventure. I’m convinced that the writer’s life is worth the struggle, the patience, the courage. Take care, and thank you again for these very kind words.
On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM, Arial Burnz <email@example.com> wrote:
Dear Mrs. Rice,
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much of an inspiration you’ve been to me through the years. I started writing back in my high school days (1983) – vampire poetry inspired by your Vampire Chronicles. In 1992, I started my novel MIDNIGHT CONQUEST and as of June 1, I will finally have it published. (Whew, that was a long road!) It’s the first in a six-book series that will follow my main character, Broderick MacDougal, through the centuries on his quest for revenge and finding his true love, Davina.
My book is being dedicated to you and here is my dedication page:
A Thank You to Sting
For “Moon Over Bourbon Street”
He fed me the intro
To Anne Rice’s treat
She’s planted the seed
To all that I’ve written
If it wasn’t for her
I’d have never been bitten
The eBook will be out by June 1, the trade paperback by June 10.
Thank you again for your inspiration! My heart’s wishes and best to you and yours.
God’s speed to you,
I have to remember to bring my camera and I told my mom to bring hers, too. I just hope I don’t faint in front of her…or pee on myself.
That’s my two pence…