I hadn’t been to New York in over 20 years when I attended the Romance Writers of America conference there this summer. Since I was hopping on a plane for five hours, I decided to make a vacation out of it and my husband joined me after the conference. We stayed in the city another three days for a whirlwind of sightseeing that encompassed the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Tenement Museum, a walking tour of Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown, and finally a Broadway show–Jersey Boys. I kid you not. We spent three days seeing all those sights–walking, taking subways and hailing the occasional taxi. We must’ve walked MILES. I had my Pacer app on my phone, but my phone kept dying so I don’t think the mileage was accurate, but each day we logged at least 7 miles.
But before the vacay, I enjoyed four days at the RWA conference. It was crazy crowded there; the noise level alone at the Literacy Book Signing was unreal. I got to sign books at the Harlequin book signing, as well. It’s so wonderful to connect with so many Harlequin readers in the same place. The Harlequin party was a blast, as usual, and this year it was special for me. I was recognized for publishing my 25th book for Harlequin! I was treated to a pre-party where I got my hair and (way too much) make-up done.
While my husband and I were trekking around NYC, we took a subway down to the Harlequin offices and my editor gave me a tour. It was interesting to see where it all happens!
I returned to L.A. invigorated and ready to write, but now I want to go back to NYC and see everything I missed this trip–the Chelsea Highline, Greenwich Village, a walking tour of Harlem…