I was asked to write a blog for the WNBA newsletter on the pros and cons of writing contests. After I sent in the blog, I was actually a finalist in two contests, the Claymore Awards and the Silver Falchion Award, and I won the Silver Falchion. That’s the way it goes; now and then you will win! My blog tells you what to look for and what to look out for!
You can see it now at this link:
Our Tuesday night writers group was honored with a visit from Layne Martine, talking about his new book, Permission to Fly.
Reading the book was a treat. Meeting Layne was an inspiration. He talked about life, love, family, writing, and songwriting. He talked about making mistakes and learning from them. He talked about never giving up, never letting life get you down.
There are reviews on Amazon and Goodreads that give more details about the book. I’ll just say it’s a must-read. Filled with humor and wisdom, it’s about real love and – I guess I would say – real happiness.
Thank you, Layng, for a wonderful book and a delightful evening!
Killer Nashville is always a great conference. I’ll be on two panels (writing cozies and creating conflict) and hope to catch a couple of other panels on writing. I’ll get to pitch my novel-in-progress. Saturday night is the Awards banquet. The keynote speaker for this conference is Joyce Carol Oates! So excited!
This exciting announcement came from Killer Nashville. Treachery in Tuscany is a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award, given to a book published in 2018. The winner will be announced at the Killer Nashville conference in August.
Thank you, Susan Van Kirk, for interviewing me for First Draft, the newsletter that goes to the Sisters in Crime Guppies. Guppies used to stand for the Great Unpublished, but many people in the group are published. Most are mystery writers.
Check out the interview.
Used with permission: First Draft, the publication of the Guppy Chapter, Sisters in Crime.
What a great organization and wonderful group of women – these members of Beta Sigma Phi. I was so honored to be their guest speaker. They donate to many worthy causes and are simply amazing women!
I wrote a tribute to my dad that was published in The Tennessean on Father’s Day. I could not call or visit him, but I believe he somehow knew I was honoring him.