So I'm totally putting her on the spot (she has no idea I'm doing this and is on vacation, so she can shoot me later), but I want to spotlight one of my CP's, miss Emily.
I met Emily at WIFYR 2011. We were in the same class and on the first day, since neither of us knew anyone at the conference, ended up having lunch together. She became my buddy the rest of the week. Talk about luck, Emily is AMAZING, and I'm glad to call her a critique partner and a friend.
She is the mother of 4 and has the energy and snark of a teenager. Her house is like the gathering place of the neighborhood, you know, the one everyone just congregates to because she's the "cool" mom and makes the most delicious and amazing homemade everything in her gorgeous Napa Valley vineyard home. I know, right?
And her writing. Omigosh, her books are the can't put down type, and I have literally stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading them. She has a masters degree in literature, and is the queen of YA voice. I'm so in love with the boys in her books, you have no idea. I may be just a little jealous of the depth and ease of her stories (beautiful stuff), but I'm glad to have her as a CP.
I love that Emily always has a smile on her face, constantly makes me laugh with her sarcasm, and has a substitute swear word for everything out there...and she's not afraid to use them :).
Emily is one of the most generous and selfless people I know. She is known to say "I want to go to there" at least once a day. (She's a regular Liz Lemon...who wouldn't want to hang around her all day, right?)
So go and follow her blog if you haven't already. You're in for a treat. Love you, Emily!