Connie and I actually started corresponding last summer. It was a natural fit since her series is set in Vermont, my home state. She has done two wonderful guest blogs for me: Creating Snowflake, Vermont and The Missing.
Earlier this month she emailed me with the exciting news that she and her husband were planning to vacation in Vermont the week of the 20th, and was wondering if I would like to meet up with her for lunch. I responded that I would be absolutely delighted, but since at that point I was on 24/7 vigil with Tara, I said that we would have to play things by ear. As it turned out Tara passed away later that same night.
We arranged to meet up Tuesday afternoon and had lunch at Chipotle. Connie and her husband are just the sweetest people; it was like chatting with old friends. We talked about books, ThrillerFest, and swapped cat stories. (Her adorable kitty Basil will be featured in an upcoming Whiskers Behind the Words.)
It was a wonderful day that I will never forget, and I thank Connie so much for spending part of her vacation having lunch with a fan. Cozy mystery authors are just the greatest, aren't they???
Here we are!!!
I also got my books signed and she gave me the cutest Broth of Betrayal keychains!