by Lucy Gilmour, Assistant Editor, Mills & Boon
I mean, what do you say when you’re introduced to the Penny Jordan?!
On the Friday of my very first week working in the U.K. editorial department I was invited to the annual Harlequin Mills & Boon author celebration. I can still remember walking in (dressed in what I hoped was my most professional outfit!), barely able to believe that I was about to meet a room full of fabulously talented authors; authors I had read voraciously since my very early teens…authors of the books I grew up with, and fell in love with … authors that, to this day, I count amongst my all-time favorites!
But there was no time for nerves. And as anyone will tell you, Harlequin authors are just so friendly – you’ll be pleased to hear that they have always taken the time to nod patiently whilst I recited every book they’ve ever written back at them – and to seem very gracious about it! I remember introducing myself (glass of champagne for courage firmly in hand) to Presents author Sara Craven whose books I had long adored. Fast-forward five years on and I now have the privilege of being Sara’s editor (jobs just don’t come better than this!). After meeting Harlequin Presents legend Michelle Reid for the first time I had to nip outside and phone my sister, to whom I’d always passed my favorite books. And as for chatting to Penny Jordan? Well, I can’t tell you how honored I felt – Penny is a true Queen of Romance, and just the most lovely and inspiring woman.
There are still many authors I have loved for years that I haven’t met, but here’s hoping that one day I will. And, should I ever have the fortune to jet off to Australia and bump into superstars such as Helen Bianchin, Emma Darcy and Margaret Way, fingers crossed I’ll remember to behave like a confident twenty-first-century Harlequin heroine, rather than embarrassing myself by stammering and blushing .… Sadly, I’m not sure that I can promise that – I can feel the butterflies of excitement building already!!
Have you ever had the chance to meet your favorite authors in person? Surely it can’t just be me who dissolves with overexcited awe? Can it..?!