This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a writers' retreat at our cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin, near the shores of Lake Superior. I invited a number of fellow authors, hoping a few would agree to join me. Along for the ride came: Tiffany Schmidt (Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise); K.M. Walton (Cracked, Empty); Elisa Ludwig (The Pretty Crooked trilogy); and Heather Anastasiu (the Glitch trilogy).
Among the highlights were getting chased through the woods by a black bear (ok, chased might be a little much but definitely followed), a boat tour of some of the Apostle Islands, a really strong Gin & Tonic at Tom's Burned Down Cafe, and . . . oh yeah . . . a heck of a lot of writing. Actually hours went by with no sound other than the clickety clickety clickety of 50 busy fingers.
At night we shared what we wrote. I was blown away by the diversity of style and sheer entertainment factor of what my friends were creating . . . all while putting away as much dehydrated mango as they could fit in.
A few things I learned:
1. Elisa Ludwig is a great cook and knows a lot about facial implants.
2. Heather Anastasiu can dictate her novels.
3. Tiffany Schmidt is afraid of blood and bats, but apparently not bears.
4. K.M. Walton can tell a wicked ghost story that made us all fear for our children. (We called home. They were fine.)
And I hoped they learned something about me, too.
Rumor is that another retreat is planned for the not too distant future. I can't wait to recharge with these women again!
(Photo credit K.M. Walton)