"I am having lunch with my editor!"
How cool is that? Anita Daher from Great Plains Publications is in Toronto today and I'm finally (Finally!) going to meet her face to face. You see, Anita lives and works in Winnipeg and I'm here in Toronto. That's a distance of ... uh, well, a really long ways away. So we've only had the chance to talk on the phone and email since we first connected back in February 2009. I feel like I know Anita very well already because she's such an open person but there's just something about meeting someone face to face that's SO important. I'm looking forward to talking with her about writing, editing, how on earth she's not terrified of jumping over fences on her horse Wager - just soaking up her knowledge and experience as a writer and teacher of writing in general.
I'm also going to meet with a new member of the Great Plains author team who lives in the T.O. area - Sarah Raymond. Sarah's debuting her YA book SIGNS OF MARTHA this spring with Great Plains. It's about a girl growing up on a cucumber/pickle farm yearning to be an artist. Since I still remember the trauma of picking prickly cucumbers at 7 am on a hot, humid, flat patch of southwestern Ontario farm country I have a feeling I'm going to identify with Martha - and her creator Sarah! It'll be so nice to have another author close by who is part of the Great Plains team.
So, yup, I'm all excited except for one thing ... what am I going to wear??