Susan Elizabeth Phillips and other fun things

Susan Elizabeth Phillips and other fun things

Today I did something FUN. I abandoned my role as author, I recaptured my lifetime joy of being a reader, and I went to the signing of an author I have been reading since I was in college: Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She is one of those authors you go back to after a spell of bad books to remind you what you love so much about reading–her characterizations, her dialogue, her sense of humor. Her strong women. And, of course, romance!

And now I can add this: in addition to being such an excellent writer, she is one very classy lady. It was a pleasure to meet her.

PLUS, she said that I was a Natural Born Charmer. She DID. She wrote: “To Laura” and drew a little arrow to the title. Although, I did spy on some of the people who got their books signed after me, and I have a suspicion she might have told EVERYone they were Natural Born Charmers.

Still. We can all be Natural Born Charmers. That’s okay. It’s not like we were in a COMPETITION for Charms candy or anything, right, BettyD and Laura Z?

Here is a picture of the OTHER fun thing I did today.� Or at least started.� Truffles are a multi-day process.� For how to win the finished product, plus a copy of Blame It on Paris, make sure to check out Dee and Dee Dish on Monday.

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7 Comments
  • Ok, this is a little bit freaky! I checked your blog earlier this evening, as I do almost daily now, just to see what you’ve been up to. It was still showing the interview with the Ja(y)nes. So I settled in and wrote a semi-review on the review blog. Then I clicked that fun little technorati link in the review blog, as I do every Saturday, just to see who’s linking to us these days. Your blog was first on the list. So I clicked over here to see which post you’d linked us in, and found this new one, on SEP. Freaky! Why? Well, because my sort-of review was ALSO on SEP, because I went to her signing in Richmond on Thursday. And frankly, it makes me ill to think that I missed seeing you today. I wanted to go to north Carolina. I planned to go to North Carolina. But the oldest girl child, the one that LOVES your truffles and is already sniffing out the mailbox in hopes of getting to them before I do, had a Bible Quiz thing in Richmond today that kept me from North Carolina. Now, I’m not saying that I would have rather seen SEP than see my brilliant daughter totally rock at the quiz. But really, it would have been great to see her again, and even BETTER to have seen YOU! For the record, daughter’s team took SECOND place, only 10 points behind the first place team, which also happened to be from our church. (Sorry, have to be a braggin’ momma again!!)

    And not to rub your nose in anything but… when *I* saw SEP on Thursday, I GOT CHARMED!! Yep, I did. Because I knew that the hero from First Lady grew up in a house full of women. I knew most of the other answers too, but just couldn’t get my hand in the air before this really die-hard fan from Philly.

    Can’t wait til Monday, when you’re hanging out with ME for the week! 🙂

    February 10, 2007 at 10:41 pm
  • That would have been fun. 🙂

    Although you would have seen me making a COMPLETE fangirl idiot of myself. I’ve been reading her books since I was in college!

    It shows a lot about SEP how many authors there were in that crowd, too, doing the same thing as me. Although maybe with more sophistication and grace. But more sophistication and grace would NOT be hard.

    February 11, 2007 at 7:38 am
  • I lopve book signings! I hope to hold one of my own someday.

    I once made a complete fool of myself over a well-known historian.

    I will check out SEP. Chances are, I’ve read her work already.

    P.S. Laura, I think to get links you would have to ask your set designer to build a section for them.

    February 11, 2007 at 7:10 pm
  • Since a certain someone was rubbing my nose in it that she got charmed when I did NOT (Thanks a LOT, BettyD and Laura Z for answering all the questions! 🙂 ), I should mention that I finished the latest batch of truffles this afternoon. And I’m worried these might not be good ENOUGH to send to you. I have tried several to see, I’m so worried, and I’m still thinking about it. Maybe I will try a few more tomorrow, to see if they’ve gotten good enough for you with age. You have to be careful with truffles.

    OH, and so I was talking to this group of authors after the signing, and suddenly someone I had NEVER MET exclaims, “Wait! Laura. Are you the Laura of the truffles?”

    I am thinking maybe I should just call my next book “Truffles” and that way my BOOKS will stick in peoples’ minds, too.

    February 11, 2007 at 8:12 pm
  • Ooh, I bet I know who you met! If it’s who I’m thinking, you’ve lucky. She’s pretty cool!
    Maybe it’s not though, but still… if she knew you from your truffles then she’s pretty cool anyhow, right?

    I’ll share my Charms with you… 🙂

    February 11, 2007 at 9:06 pm
  • Elizabeth? She is cool, definitely. We started talking after that–how can you not start talking to someone who says, “Wait, are you Laura of the truffles?” And I liked her a lot.

    You know the French movie “Manon des Sources” (Manon of the Springs)? I think “Laura of the Truffles” would be an even better movie title. I should like to be Laura of the Truffles. Better than knighthood.

    February 11, 2007 at 9:11 pm
  • Oh that’s so cool! I simply ADORE Elizabeth. I got to have lunch with her when I went to Charlotte for Joss’s booksigning. She is the coolest person, and she’s writing an incredibly interesting book! Plus, if I’m not mistaken (and you know that I’m hardly EVER mistaken, right? 🙂 ), she also took Between, Georgia on a whirlwind tour of Europe.

    February 11, 2007 at 9:35 pm

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