Last month I took a wonderful trip to England and Ireland, and while in England, I got to not only meet my wonderful and beautiful editor, Flo Nicoll, one day, but also have high tea with three lovely authors who call England home, Kate Hardy (65 books with Harlequin!), Annie Claydon (newer kid on the Mills & Boon block with somewhere around 13 books under her belt), and Caroline Anderson (94 books with Mills & Boon). I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of my two lovely days.
Annie had gone above and beyond the call of long-distance friendship to shepherd me around London on Wednesday and Thursday. She came to my hotel and picked me up on Wednesday, the day I was to visit my publisher, Harlequin Mills & Boon (now owned by Harper-Collins) and to meet my editor for the first time ever. Prior to that my editor and I seemed to be going to opposite RWA National conferences since 2011 and onward. Anyway, Annie picked me up early and we did a leisurely walk through Kensington enjoying the Victorian architecture, and then a tube ride over to the Shard, London Bridge area of town.
I was thrilled to meet Flo and was touched by the overall warm welcome from the Medical Romance team. The new building is gorgeous and very high tech.
Here are my favorite pictures with Flo:
She took me to a fabulous lunch at a very nice restaurant along the Thames, and since it was such a nice day, we sat outside. After having my fill of salmon and ratatouille, Flo suggested this lovely dessert. How could a lady refuse!
On Thursday, Annie came around and got me bright and early for more pre get-together walking-touring, and we met up with Kate, who’d spent the morning at the museum doing research. The woman is always working!
Annie with Kate on Harley Street. The significance is we were all part of a continuity that took part at Harley Street where the posh and rich go to be treated for whatever ails them.
I felt like I already knew the ladies, and there was never a dull moment or lull for conversation. We spent the afternoon enjoying tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes, talking personal lives and, of course, the business of writing!
This pre-Ireland visit to England will stand out in my memories as one of the best several days of my life.
Until next time, make it a great one!