When I dragged myself out of bed at 2.45am I was worried I'd be eating my cookies and drinking my coffee in an empty "room". As it turned out, the five hours flew by, and there were lots of great comments on the different subjects I raised during the day.
For example, during the day, I discovered that AJ Llewellyn is actually an Aussie by birth! That Lori C. Hawkins is Cantonese (wouldn't that have been a help if I'd known beforehand!) and another Dreamspinner author, Matthew Vandrew actually lived in Australia for a while.
We discussed issues such as stereotyping, first person POV, research, covers and lots of other great topics. The page and chat is still accessible and people are still making comments, so if you want to join in scroll down the page here
AJ Llewellyn also sent me a link to a blog Phantoms & Monsters which quotes a story in the NZ Herald about the remarkable Doug Ritchie, an 84 year old who lives at The Gap. The article said he's saved 160 people just by chatting to them and offering cups of tea, sympathy and support. So one of the concepts behind the story of "Caught" is not as fanciful as I imagined.