Just returned yesterday from the 3-day Bloody Words conference in Toronto, and what a great weekend it was! It was terrific meeting so many authors and readers of Canadian mystery. I attended several informative sessions, sat on the panel for "Indie Publishing: We're here to Stay," and participated in the "Books with Legs" fashion show of authors wearing their book covers. Here's a picture of me wearing the cover for Town Haunts.
The icing on the cake, however, was winning the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award for Framed for Murder, the first novel in the Anna Nolan series. It was awarded at a costumed banquet on Saturday night. The finalists - Janet Bolin, Vicki Delany, Elizabeth Duncan, Howard Shrier, and I - all read the first 250 words of our manuscripts aloud. I was thrilled when they called my name as the winner! It's so encouraging when your work is recognized, especially when you're a self-published author.
That's me at the beginning of this post with the colourful Bony plaque. He's lying on the couch reading a book - a mystery, no doubt - while his bony cat lounges on top. You can bet that the plaque will be hanging over my computer when I'm writing in future. And the $1,000 prize is much appreciated, too.
It was fun seeing all the costumes at the banquet Saturday night. Here are just a few:
And here I am up on stage reading aloud at the banquet:
Thanks a bunch to my husband, Reid, for accompanying me to the banquet and taking the pictures!
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