Conference Tips with Mary Connealy

by | Sep 8, 2011 | Christian authors, God's grace, inspirational fiction | 4 comments

Well, if you’ve been a frequent follower of this blog, you’re already well aware of what a Connealy fan I am.

I happily own all of her books, and look forward to her newest releases- especially more of the Kincaid Brides series.

Now, let me tell you that one of the highlights of my first ACFW conference was getting to meet the Seekers – and especially Mary Connealy. She and Siri Mitchell were the first authors I read who wrote something similar to what I liked to write – and were the first authors to help me find a ‘home’ in Christian fiction.

Mary is also the one who introduced me to the wonderful world of Seekerville.

She creates stories about as fast as her heroes can round-up cattle- and allΒ of her romances are filled with fabulous humor, adventure, and male-female banter.

Last year at ACFW, Mary won the coveted Carol Award for her novel, Cowboy Christmas. That’s me with Mary after she received her award. Does’nt she look so happy!!!

Okay, okay – back to conference tips.

Mary, what are three things a writer should never forget to bring to conference?

One sheets
Business casual clothes
ten times your true courage
Ruthy Logan Herne’s cell phone number
that’s it. I can survive everything else.
Okay – 10 times my regular courage? I can definitely see how that’s helpful. Time to visit the Wizard of Oz…or would that be the Ruthy of New York? πŸ˜‰ I’m sure she’ll pump me with enough courage, or scare me more than any editor ever could – right Mary? πŸ™‚
Good thinkin’
Do you have a favorite Connealy Classic?
You can find out more about Mary’s books at
Saturday – come find out what Laura Frantz top 3 conference tips are πŸ™‚


  1. May the K9 Spy and KC Frantzen

    Hey Pepper!

    OOOH – how fun it would be to hang with the likes of you and Mary and Ruthy and so many other friends from Seekerville!

    I’m not going to the conference but can’t wait to hear all the ins and outs. Hope you’ll be the on scene reporter!

    I really enjoyed Montana Rose myself… Honestly? I’ve enjoyed all of the ones I’ve read… I think 4 now. This one just sounds like great fun though – such a title!!!

  2. pepperbasham

    Oh KC – we’ve GOT TO GET together sometime! Wouldn’t that be fun?!?
    I will be ON THE SCENE – no worries. Just let me know who you desperately want me to stalk…er…meet and I’ll let you know all the details πŸ˜‰

  3. audraharders

    Mary I love your sucinct response, LOL! But you nailed the essentials. Hmm, Ruthy’s cell number?? Let’s see if I have that…

    Pepper, YOU are master of one-sheets! What you designed last year blew my socks off. You really need to share a couple of creative secrets in a post before conference.

    • pepperbasham

      Mary is the queen of sucinct – dont’ you think? πŸ™‚
      And I even have Ruthy’s number!! Gotta be prepared!

      Thanks for the compliment of the one-sheets, Audra. Gotta work on those. AHHHHHH


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