Well Read, Then Dead, Agatha Award, Best First Novel

I am delighted to let you know that at this years’s Malice Domestic conference Well Read, Then Dead won the  Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The Agatha Banquet is always a joyful event and for me this year was especially grand. Here is a picture of Fan Guest of Honor Bill Starck presenting me with the coveted Agatha teapot.

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The memory of the evening will last a lifetime and so will the gratitude I feel at knowing that so many readers love Well Read, Then Dead as much as I do.

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Bouchercon 2014 Murder on the Beach

Earlier in November I traveled to Long Beach California for Bouchercon the annual convention of the mystery community: readers, writers, editors, publishers, librarians and, most especially, friends. As always I had a grand time because I got to visit with many friends that I rarely see.

I was delighted to moderate the panel entitled The Long and the Short of It—writing novels and short fiction. Panel members included Dana Cameron, Jeffrey Deaver, Brendan DuBois, Leigh Perry (aka Toni Kelner) and Simon Wood. With such a talented group, the conversation was lively and informative. There I am smiling down at the end of the table.

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I also was a panelist on A Strange Mixture. We talked about amateur sleuths who have real careers and then, oops, murder gets in the way. Moderator Clare Toohey kept us on target and I enjoyed sharing the panel with Susan Shea, Tracy Weber, Don Passman and Beverly Allen (aka Barbara Early.) As you can see, it’s my turn at the mic.

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And I totally enjoyed the Major Crimes Panel. The multi-talented Deb Lacy arranged for some of the writers and cast of the fabulous television show Major Crimes to talk about how the germ of a story idea becomes a gripping drama. Fascinating.

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Next year, Bouchercon will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 8th to 15th. I can hardly wait.

Mystery Sure Gets Around, Doesn’t It?

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There are so many exciting events in the world of mystery readers and writers, I wish I could attend every one but then how would I get any writing done?

I am delighted that I will be visiting Long Beach, California from November 13 to 16, 2014. Bouchercon is the largest annual gathering of the mystery community. It is a great place to spend time with old friends and there is always a lot to learn at panels and workshops. For more information click here.

On February 7, 2015 I will be in Birmingham, Alabama attending Murder in the Magic City, a one day mystery conference for fans of all sub-genres of mystery novels. The Guests of Honor are Hank Phillippi Ryan and Craig Johnson so I am sure we will have a grand time. There will be a silent auction of baskets filled with books and book themed items which will benefit the Shoals Animal Advocates. SAA fosters, provides meds and vetting, spays/neuters, worms, coordinates adoption events and rescues homeless dogs/cats from the local community. You can read more about Murder in the Magic City here.

On Sunday February 8, 2015, I will travel to Wetumpka, Alabama to attend a luncheon, Murder on the Menu, which is the primary fundraising event for the Wetumpka Public Library. The nice folks in Wetumpka coordinate annually with Murder in the Magic City so that we authors (who don’t get out very often) won’t have to travel to the area on two separate occasions to visit each of these wonderfully homey events. You can read all about Murder on the Menu here.

Then on Thursday, February 26, 2015 I will be attending Sleuthfest, an annual four day conference for mystery, suspense and thriller writers sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. This year the conference returns to Deerfield Beach, Florida. You can find more information here.

The grand gathering known as Malice Domestic will be held in Bethesda, Maryland from May 1 to 3, 2015. It is an annual writer and fan convention saluting the traditional mystery, and since “cozy” mysteries fit right in with the traditional mysteries, Well Read, Then Dead and I will be right at home. To learn more about Malice Domestic you can click here.

So over the next few months, I’ll be traveling here and there. I so enjoy meeting the readers and writers who fill my world. If you are going to be at any of these conventions, please let me know so we can spend some time together.

Terrie