"We're always in the
midst of a chase.

Going after a dream...

Chasing a fantasy...

And making it a

This is what I write

Life is about the chase."

~ Rachelle

October 2009 – Archive

It began with a simple question…

“Do you want me to pick up a bottle of water for you?” asked Christine Witthohn, my agent and roomie at the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy.

“Yeah, that’d be great,” I said.

“Large or small?”

“Large, since I’m trying to drink more water.”

And, with that, Christine returned with the largest bottle of water I’d ever seen. Which sent me into a round of giggles.

When I retold the story to Cassy Pickard, more giggles ensued, and I said the water bottle felt like an award, which somehow led to a discussion of the author I aspire to be like one day, Dean Koontz, which somehow led to this video:

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Silly, huh? But, I still crack up every time I view it. (LOL)

Okay, I finally managed to put together a short video on the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy that I’ve been talking about for the last month or so. Check it out. Does it make you want to attend next year??

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I hope so — it was a BLAST! Delicious food, wonderful attendees, and great networking with agents and editors. You might have recognized some of them on video, i.e., Kate Burke (Penguin UK), Deb Werksmann (Source Books), Alesssandra Bazardi (Harlequin Mondadori), Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen (Michael Larsen-Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents) and Christine Witthohn (Book Cents Literary Agency).

So … NOW, do you want to attend?? :-)

As I mentioned elsewhere on my site, Susan Lyons appears in the MEN ON FIRE anthology, along with Jodi Lynn Copeland and I. Well, when I was at the RWA National conference in July, I tracked Susan down and begged her to let me interview her. And she did!

Not only is she a wonderful and talented writer, she’s a super nice person. So, check out the interview below. And don’t forget to pre-order MEN ON FIRE by visiting my books page. It’ll be out on October 27, 2009!

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A photo of Mary Leo, translator Carla Calimani, and myself appeared in Italy’s equivalent of the Wall Street Journal.

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The delightful Elizabeth Jennings, author and co-founder of the awesome Women’s Fiction Festival (which I just returned from) in Matera, Italy, just sent it to me. Isn’t that cool?

Stay tuned for more Italy updates, as well as videos. I hope to get them posted this weekend.


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