ACFW 2009 Annual Conference part 3

No cartoons this Saturday morning. After breakfast I was back in the Continuing Education class. This time I was able to stay for almost the entire morning session. I did have one appointment near the end.

Susan and Rachel talked about scenes and making them more powerful. I’ve learned to evaluate a scene for tension. You can’t seem to get enough good conflict or tension in fiction. The other thing was to write it between the quotes whenever possible. I’m going back through my manuscript and placing more action in the dialogue.

After another huge lunch, we were off to workshops and then the big events began.

Here is a couple pictures from the book signing.

This is Christina Berry and me. Christina’s first book, The Familiar Stranger, was just released. I’m reading it now and it’s great.
Tina Ann Forkner and me with her book, Ruby Among Us. There seems to be a name thing here. I do actually talk to people that don’t share my name.

The day concluded with the ACFW Annual Awards Banquet. It is always such fun to watch people being rewarded for their hard work. For your reading pleasure, I’m listing the ACFW book of the year award winners. Enjoy.

Debut Author

A Passion Most Pure Julie Lessman


Sweet Caroline Rachel Hauck

Long Contemporary Romance

Controlling Interest Elizabeth White

Long Contemporary

Symphony of Secrets Sharon Hinck

Long Historical (tie)

My Heart Remembers  Kim Vogel Sawyer
I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires  Cathy Gohlke


For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls Nancy Mehl


Stuck on You in A Connecticut Christmas anthology Rhonda Gibson

Short Contemporary Suspense

Broken Lullaby Pamela Tracy

Short Contemporary

Family Treasures Kathryn Springer

Short Historical

Family of the Heart Dorothy Clark


The Restorer’s Journey Sharon Hinck


Fossil Hunter John B. Olson

Women’s Fiction

The Shape of Mercy Susan Meissner

Young Adult

The Big Picture Jenny B. Jones

I conclude this entry with a picture of our banquet desert. Sorry, I took a couple bites before snapping the picture. It was yummy.


Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Sherrie Ashcraft

    Hi, Christina,

    It was sooo good to get to know you while waiting at airports, smooshing in shuttles, and attending the conference. You are a fun person to hang out with!

  • Jessica

    Hi Christina,
    I just came across your blog while looking up an agent. LOL
    Great pics! I was there too and really enjoyed the conference. I didn't get one of Christina's books because they were all gone. Wah! I've heard they're really good.
    And so was that dessert. I have a pic too. LOL
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Tina

    Hi Christina! Love that pic of us. I have one almost just like it on Facebook. 🙂 Was so nice to meet you and have lunch with you at the conference. I sat down at the perfect table.

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