Recently, I was inspired by Eventbrite to do a post about who I would choose if I got to plan my perfect panel of authors or characters.
Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Their conference management page is a great resource. For instance, I know I have some readers in the Chicago area – you can find some great local events here. Or how about Houston? Seattle?
Now, the first thought that popped into my head? I’ve already had the absolute pinch-me-please dream come true of being able to see that perfect panel of authors come to life.
I’m quite sure you remember me talking about the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat that I co-coordinated this past August (with dear friends Annie JC and Bonnie Roof) and one of the highlights for me was the author panels! We had three panels, with six authors each, covering everything from getting to know the authors more personally to talking about their imaginary friends (aka their characters) to my personal favorite – Kissing in Books 🙂
L-R: Carrie Turansky, Jennifer Slattery, Gabrielle Meyer, Laura Frantz, Jan Drexler, Myra Johnson
L-R: Pepper Basham, Ruth Logan Herne, Melanie Dickerson, Janet Dean, Kristi Ann Hunter, Julie Lessman
L-R: Carrie Fancett Pagels, Mesu Andrews, Dani Pettrey, Becky Wade, Kara Isaac, Sarah Monzon
Now, of course, I could easily come up with more authors for another perfect panel or three (and … ahem … details on next year’s CFRR are coming soon!) but I thought – since I was given the option of characters too – it would be fun to put together my idea of the perfect book boyfriend panel! And yes, I would pass out fans. Possibly fainting couches. 🙂
Panelist #1: Nick Sheridan, from Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin
Author’s Inspiration: Colin Farrell
“Nick Sheridan had the posture of a soldier, the ease of a cowboy, and the daring of a pirate.”
Panelist #2: Reese Mitchell from A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham
Author’s Inspiration: Hugh Jackman
“His jaw line was shaded by a five o’clock, no, more like ten o’clock shadow. Midnight hair tossed in a disarray of curls topped his head and spilled over his forehead, enhancing a pair of chocolate brown eyes.”
Panelist #3: Charlie Lionheart from The Lady and The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
Author’s Inspiration: I don’t know who he is but he’s yummy 🙂
“His large hand smoothed back the infant’s blonde curls, arm cradling her as if the simple touch might hold at bay all that could step in and separate them.”
Panelist #4 – Ty Porter from Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
Author’s Inspiration: I don’t know about Becky but I picture Ty as Matthew McConaughey.
“He could look into your eyes and without saying a word assure you that you were the most fascinating woman in the world and call you beautiful in six languages.”
Panelist #5 – James MacDonald (aka #myJames) from Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Author’s Inspiration: Henry Cavill
“Handsome enough she took a second look and immediately wished she hadn’t been so obvious about it. His grin made her heart do things it was certainly not intended to do.”
Panelist #6: Carl Richards from A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Author’s Inspiration: I think we all agree the guy on the cover is spot on
“He wiped his thumb across the trail of her tears. ‘If I could, I would get the whole world for you.'”
What about you? What questions would you want the book boyfriends on my panel to answer? Who would be on your dream book boyfriend panel?