My First RNA Chapter Meeting

Lunch out is a rare treat for me, in fact leaving the house at all during my working week is almost unheard of. But as I’ve recently finished a first draft, I felt that a day out was in order and what better way to reward myself than my first ever visit to the Leicester Chapter of the RNA (RomanticNovelists’ Association).
Fellow author, Lizzie Lamb had already made me feel very welcome via email and greeted me with a big hug, ushering me into the chair next to her. There were around twenty of us in total, a cosy fit in the room which Lizzie had reserved. Once everyone had arrived, Lizzie took the register… I mean… checked us off on her list and as there were two newbies (myself and Tanya Fisher) we all gave a short speech about ourselves and what we write. Everyone got a clap for their accomplishments but I did feel a bit sorry for the business man squashed into the corner who had nothing to do with us when Karen, who was sitting next to me, introduced herself as an author of erotica; the poor man’s eyebrows all but disappeared over the top of his head. (We made it up to him in cake later!)
Several of us had new books out and we posed together for photographs in the corridor. Lizzie brought us up to date with snippets of RNA news and I handed out slices of cake which I’d brought to celebrate my new release. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to the chapter; the food was delicious, the company entertaining and a good time was had by all. I am hoping very much that I’ll allow myself another day out soon to coincide with the next meeting!
Cathy Bramley
By Cathy Bramley

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Vintage Summer. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo. Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Now she thinks she may have found her dream job.

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