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I remember exactly when I first met Jo (although she would not remember me!) It was 1994--I had sold my first book in May, joined RWA in June, and was attending my very first RWA conference in July. I wasn't very widely read in the genre and didn't know any authors beyond the very big names (Garwood, McNaught, Lindsey, etc.) So when I attended the awards ceremony and someone named Jo Beverley won TWO Ritas I thought--I had better read her books. The next day I attended the Avon open house, where Jo was signing her Rita winner My Lady Notorious. I stood in line and got my book, in which she inscribed, "Great to meet you in NYC. Jo Beverley." I didn't tell her that I had recently signed with Avon, too. I think I was a little too starstruck. I just took the book, thanked her, and said I was very eager to read it. The funny thing is---I think of that moment so often. When I'm signing books, I have my regular phrases I use, but every now and then I write, "Great to meet you in (insert city)." And every time I do, I think of Jo. JQ
Toggle Commented May 24, 2016 on In Memoriam: Jo Beverley at Word Wenches
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