I Love Berlin

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I was privileged this last weekend to have attended the Love Letters Conference in Berlin, Germany. In its seventh year, this event is dedicated to writers of the romance genre, primarily from Europe, but from other parts all over the glove. The usual panels and keynote speeches were dotted throughout the two days, as were intimate meet and greet sessions with selected authors and avid readers of the genre.

Not knowing what to expect, I tiptoed in and was amazed at how professionally it had been organized. The facility, the GLS Sprachenzentrum (or German Language School) was perfect for this cozy event, including small classrooms surrounding an outdoor patio. Nearby were many boutiques, cafes, and, my favorite, bookstores.

I met many authors whose names I recognized (like Brenda Hiatt) as well as some writers I had never heard of before. I was especially taken with Emmy Abrahamson, a Swedish-born author, whose novel, How to Fall in Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush, has won for her a great deal of recognition and critical success. She was so much fun I decided, in an attempt to improve my German, to purchase her book. (Wish me luck as I continue to move my way through this delightful love story.)

Will I return to this conference again next May? Absolutely! And next year I hope to be listed as one of the featured authors!

Gwen Overland