Recovering from a Killer (Nashville) weekend!

Things I learned this weekend:  Driving through the state of Illinois is a long, long, LOOOOOONG process.  Mystery author J.A. Jance is one of the most gracious human beings on the planet.  There are a lot of wonderful, gracious people on this planet.  I am a dork when it comes to public speaking situations where I’ve been caught off-guard.

I discovered the final lesson on Saturday, August 26th at the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner when my unpublished novel was honored with first runner-up for the 2017 Killer Nashville Claymore Award.  The image on the left is the hardware, the image on the right is moi – I think this is the part of my speech where I declared my love for every Minnesotan in the room at the banquet.  (Surprisingly, there were several Minnesotans there.)

To say I was gobsmacked is a total understatement.  And while I wasn’t totally unprepared (I’m glad that I got to give some shout outs to the Sisters in Crime and to Mystery Writers of America), my time at the podium was a bit of an out-of-body experience.

The official list of 2017 award winners can be found here.  I am grateful to Clay Stafford and his team of staffers who put on the Killer Nashville conference.  It was an incredible experience and is a huge milestone in my writing career.

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