A Visit with Author Krista Phillips

by | Jul 24, 2011 | Christian authors | 16 comments

If you don’t know this already, I am a member of a fantastic group writing blog known as The Writers Alley. It’s such a fun place to be – with nine awesome aspiring authors to help bounce ideas, share prayer requests, enjoy funny moments, and gab about writing. Interestingly enough though, many of us have never met in person. We started the Alley online last May with five: Mary Vee, Casey Herringshaw, Krista Phillips, Sherrinda Ketchersid, and me.

In the fall of 2010, God sent five other authors our way: Julia Reffner, Angie Dicken, Sarah Forgrave, Wendy Miller, and Cindy Wilson.

Since ten is one of my favorite numbers, I think our group feels pretty complete. But what would make it even better is to get to meet in person.

We’re all scattered throughout the U.S. so that makes meeting very hard, but this weekend I had the opportunity to meet Krista Phillips. Unfortunately, we met at the hospital where she’d just brought her sweet baby girl, Annabelle, back to the PICU. To learn more about Krista’s amazing journey with Annabelle this past year, you can visit her fantastic blog here.

It’s such a blessing to meet any of these ladies who’ve inspired and encouraged me so much this year. I was grateful to meet Wendy, Sarah, Angie, and Cindy at ACFW last year (and that was WAY before The Writers Alley ever came to be – cool, huh?!?)

With ACFW 2011 just around the corner, I look forward to meeting more of the Alley Cats. Particularly, Casey and Mary – but we’ll be joined by Sarah, Wendy, and Angie too.

Other writing buddies will be there – such as the EXCELLENT Seeker-gals! Oh dear, I love them!

And friends, Carol Moncado, Keli Gwyn, Laura Frantz…and so many more!

Any writing pals-meetups in your future? Whether at ACFW or otherwise?

Also, here are a few pics of the Parthenon in Nashville- a exact replica of the original Parthenon in Greece.


  1. Sherrinda

    I’m so sorry you two had to meet under some stressful circumstances, but I have to say…I’m a wee bit jealous of the face-to-face meet! 🙂 I’m soooo glad it worked out for you two to meet! What a blessing!

    • pepperbasham

      I want to meet you SOOOOOO badly. Texas is just a fur piece to drive right now 😉

  2. kristaphillips

    It was WONDERFUL meeting you, Pepper!!!! Wish it could have been under better circumstances… but still!

    I LOVE meeting other writers (and you made me feel so honored to call me an author… THANK YOU!)

    • pepperbasham

      You ARE an author. It’s bubbling out of you. And thank you for making me feel so welcome. I was to thankful to get to be there with you guys, and meet Annabelle.

      You are one of the strongest and bravest people I know.

  3. Keli Gwyn

    How wonderful that you and Krista got to meet face-to-face, Pepper. I believe God orchestrated the timing and am sure your visit was a huge boost for Krista just when she needed one the most.

    • pepperbasham

      So right!! It was a God-thing. And an added blessing of just getting to meet both the ladies 😉

  4. mary Vee

    I’m so glad you two connected. I wish I could have been there to see sweet Annabell and give Krista a hug, but feel I have visited through your pics. Thanks for sharing Pepper.

    We get to see you at the conference too?? Wahoo!

  5. Sarah Forgrave

    Such a “God-meeting” you two had, Pepper. Very cool. And I can’t wait to see familiar faces–and put faces to names–at ACFW this year!

  6. Tina Radcliffe

    Wow what a total blessing you got to meet Krista and Annabelle. I am so jealous. I have met Krista but it’s been a while. To get to pray for that sweet baby in person is totally a God thing.

    • pepperbasham

      Definitely a God-thing, Tina & Sarah.

  7. cara lynn james

    Pepper, how nice you and Krista could meet! And what a lovely picture.
    As a writer it certainly is great to belong to a group of writers who care about each other professionally and personally!!!

    • pepperbasham

      Cara, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate The Alley Cats. They are such a fantastic group of ladies, and the opportunity God’s provided through The Writers Alley has truly been such a blessing to me personally and as a writer.

  8. debbygiustid

    I had tears in my eyes when I saw the photo of sweet Annabelle!

    Hugs to everyone…hugs in person at ACFW!

    • pepperbasham

      Can’t wait for the ‘real’ hug in September, Debby – but I’ll be content with the cyberhug now 😉

  9. janet dean

    Pepper, thanks for sharing your sweet meeting with Krista and precious Annabelle. They remain in the Seekers’ prayers. Like the Alley Cats, we’re spread all over the country. We’ve all bee together once. What a special time that was! Looking forward to hooking up with all of you attending ACFW.

    We’ve visited the Parthenon. Talk about feeling small.


  10. audra

    Krista and Annabelle have been in my prayers for a while now, and like Tina said, how wonderful to be there in person with Krista and pray for sweet Annabelle.

    It hasn’t even been a year since Writer’s Alley started?? Wow, feels like so much longer! Quite a testament to the writing prowess of the Alley Cats!!
    Keep doing what you’re doing, ladies!!


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