Killer Nashville 2014 was AWESOME!

The 9th Annual Killer Nashville writer’s conference was last weekend, and it was awesome! It’s always so much fun to connect with other writers and make new friends, but one of the best parts is listening to other authors in panels and workshops talk about writing.  It would be impossible not to be inspired.  Some of my favorite speakers were Jenna Bennett, Lee Goldberg (I got his autograph, since I’m a big fan of his work on Monk and the series he’s writing with Janet Evanovich), William Kent Krueger, Lisa Jackson, Kathleen Cosgrove, and Don Bruns.

Romantic Suspense Panel Pic 1, KN14 ED
I was on a Romantic Suspense panel (pictured above) with authors Daco Auffenorde and Mary Burton.  We discussed topics including pacing, the ratio of romance and suspense in our novels, conflict, and villains.

My daughter Amanda enjoyed the conference, since she has also caught the writing bug.  The picture below shows her standing in front of the window in our room at the Omni.  She and I ate at both restaurants and the coffee shop in the hotel–Kitchen Notes was our fav!–and visited the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Amanda KN14 cropped

Now I’m off to get started on all those books I added to my reading list.  Have you been to Killer Nashville?  I’m already looking forward to going back next year!


A Little Swag Preview Before Killer Nashville

I’ll be appearing on a Romantic Suspense panel tomorrow at 12:30, a great way to kick off Killer Nashville!  The panel leader is bestselling novelist Mary Burton, with authors Teresa Lynn and Daco Auffenorde.

Here’s a little preview of some of the swag that’ll be up for grabs at the conference, until they’re all snatched up. Bookmarks for all three of my books, seed packets featuring the covers from my Petal Pushers Cozy Mystery series, postcards, a few Nefarious necklaces and some of main character Harlie Steele’s favorite candy.

Swag for KN 2014

The guitar picks didn’t show up above so here’s a better picture of one.  I think they look pretty awesome.

Swag for KN 2014 Guitar Pic

I’m excited about going to Killer Nashville again, the people to meet, the speakers to hear, the awesome workshops and all the fun.  Hope to see you there!


2014 Faulkner Results … and I’m a Finalist!

The results for the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition have been posted, and I am over-the-moon thrilled to announce that I’m a Finalist in the Poetry category!  Woo-Hoo!

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Another poem I entered made Semi-Finalist, and a short story of the ghostly kind was Short-Listed.  Some of my buddies from the TNBW are listed in the results, and I hope to see them at the Words & Music Writer’s Conference in New Orleans this November.

Let me know if you’re on the list, or going to the conference this fall.

 


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