inspirational fiction, Pepper Basham

Post ACFW – part 2

I’ve been out of town the past few days for my grandfather’s funeral, so I’m sorry I haven’t posted more pics. It’s weird being on this side of the emotional roller coaster of ACFW – back to work – my grandfather’s death – and back to work. My brain is numb! 🙂

Let me start off with two beautiful ladies (and great encouragers) that I met on Friday at lunch. Debby Mayne and Trish Perry were phenomenal. Debby just showered me with encouragement and even took me to meet her agent, Tamela Hancock Murray (another pleasure). With more books than I had time to count on her website, Debby’s advice and friendship meant so much to me.  Thanks, Debby!!

I just have to say that encouragement was EVERYWHERE – almost in every smile I saw.

I LOVED this pic from Casey’s stash. It’s of me, Case, and the lovely Laura Frantz. Those gals are two absolutely beautiful people (inside & out)

YAY!!! Roomie Carol Moncado is here with me while we have one of those ‘fancy’ meals during the conference. Mealtime was a great opportunity to network and enjoy food (that I neither had to prepare or clean up after – GOOD FOOD in my book) If in doubt of who Carol is – just mentioned the “Cookie Queen’ to any ACFW attendee and they’ll probably be able to tell you. Carol brought SEVEN batches of cookies to give out at the conference. Bribery?…Well, it sure worked. 🙂 No ONE complained.

23 thoughts on “Post ACFW – part 2”

  1. Gave almost all of ’em away too. Then Candy had the great idea to leave the last couple dozen for the wait staff. Remind me of that next year, would ya?

    My eyes are funky in almost all the pics… Wonder what’s up with that…

    But I LOVE YOU! sweet friend!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much for asking me to be your roomie! I am so glad to get to know you in person and hope they’ll let us stay together again in the future [though it wasn’t our room where most of the craziness took place – by the time we got there we were too tired to cause much more trouble ;)].


    1. Trouble? Us?
      Carol, we’re all just as sweet as your cookies. I can’t imagine us causing ANY trouble.
      WEll…maybe Casey.


  2. Pepper, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. My heartfelt condolences! I lost both my grandfathers early in life, and have missed them ever since.

    Wasn’t ACFW simply the most tender encouragement you could hope for? The first evening session with Janice, I nearly cried just thinking how wonderful it is to be there, where scripture, prayer, and the Holy Spirit were welcome! It was so good to see YOU!!!


    1. Amen, Regina. You said it!!! That kind of encouragement is much needed in the ‘rejection’ line…or in any line for that matter.


    1. YAY!!! Debby, you stopped by. Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how much your encouragement meant to me.
      Blessings on all the wonderful projects that you have ‘blooming’ 🙂


  3. Pepper,

    Hope you can get some physical & spiritual rest this weekend. Praying for you with all you have going on. And hoping for you…on the other front….


  4. Hey, Pepper! You met my friend Trish Perry! I am so glad she got to meet you. I sent you an email–we are out of town on a two-week Habitat build, so I’m away from the local papers and didn’t know about your grandfather until seeing your post here. Praying for you. Hugs and Sparkles, dearie! Vie


  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather, Pepper. We have another mutual friend, Vie Herlocker, who told me about him.

    It was great meeting you at ACFW. From what Debby tells me, your writing is definitely ready for prime time! I’m looking forward to reading your first published novel.


  6. My heart goes out to you in the loss of your grandfather. I hope the wonderful memories you have of him are a help to you when you’re feeling the loss the most.

    I’m glad I got to see you at the conference. It was such a great one!


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