Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Met Cindy Woodsmall Today!

Y'all...today was a dream come true!  Never in a million years would I have ever believed I would've gotten to meet this sweet woman, who also happens to be an extremely talented author.  And the big bonus?  It was release day for her newest book, The Harvest of Grace!  I cannot wait to crack this book open and discover her latest story.  :o)

But about meeting her...  *silly grin*

She is the most down-to-earth, genuine person that I've had the pleasure to meet in a very long time.  When I walked in the store, she immediately cracked an joke (with the help of some friends), and I knew right away that I was in great company.  :o)

We talked about books (hers, of course, as well as several others), and about her kids (as well as the grandbaby that she's expecting soon...exciting!).  But seriously, we mostly talked about books.  I couldn't help but gush just a little about how I discovered her books through a friend, how she is my favorite author of Amish fiction, and that I've loaned my copies of her books to my dad...and he's loved them just as much as I did.  :o)  And somehow, we got to talking about some other new releases, and I asked her if she had ever read anything by Sandra Byrd.  She thought she had, and I asked if she had gotten to read her newest book yet.  When she said no, I quickly went to the store shelf (where there were 5 lovely copies), and brought one back to her.  She. Bought. The. Book.  WOW!  Talk about instant gratification for someone who reads and reviews books all the time!  :o)

But I've saved the best news for last...

She's coming here for a visit!  Well, *here* here...like to this blog...like in a couple of months.  Squeeeee!!!!!  She's got a new Christmas book (The Christmas Singing) releasing in October, so y'all be on the lookout for that.  She'll be giving away a copy of it here, too, as part of a Southern-Style Meet & Greet, so be sure to check the schedule up top to see when we've got a firm date set.  :o)

So what about you, my friends?  Have you gotten to meet an author in person?  What was your experience like?


  1. Oh, awesome!!! Sounds like a wonderful experience! I would love to meet Cindy! :D

    I've met Robin Jones Gunn before, which was really neat. :) She's a great speaker, and so sweet!! And she introduced me to another author who was helping sell her books (she's writes time travel romance books - not specifically Christian fiction). I was a bit starstruck and I'm sure I sounded silly, but it was still wonderful to meet Robin!


  2. How cool! It's so awesome that you got to meet with MJ too. Unfortunately I've never had the chance to meet any of my favorite authors but maybe someday!!!! Looking forward to the Meet 'n Greet with Cindy.

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. Amber,

    I know this is at least Cindy's second or third book tour, so hopefully, she'll come close to you sometime in the future!


    Yep, Margaret was there, too! Sadly, it was us, plus one other friend of mine, that made it a point to show up for the signing. So sad that there wasn't a better turn-out. :o(

  4. What an awesome/neat experience! I'm so happy for ya! I bet that was just amazing! :-D

    Amber, that's so cool you've met Robin Gunn! Coolio!!

    I've yet to meet any authors, but I'm with Renee - maybe someday soon! ;-)

  5. Katie,

    It was definitely amazing, no doubt about it! Hope you and Renee both will get to meet an author sooner rather than later! ;o)

  6. Its nice to meet folks that you admire, so good for you. Richard from Amish Stories.

  7. Fun! It's always neat to meet people you admire and have them turn out to be nice, as well. I met Brandon Mull with my son and he was fantastic. When I was a little girl, I got to meet Don Freeman who wrote the Corduroy books. I always remembered what a nice man he was.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  8. How exciting! I just added three of her books to my TBR list. Visiting from BookBlogs.

    Patricia aka Mamaw

  9. Wow -- that is sooooo exciting! I swear I want to do an author signing tour around the states. We don't get any up here in Canada. Well, Christian authors that is. I'll look forward to meeting Cindy Woodsmall when she visits your blog! Can't wait.

  10. Oh -- and thank you for the tip about Sandra Byrd. I haven't read any of hers either!


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