cj Sez: On Saturday evening, Clay Stafford, Founder of the Killer Nashville Writers Conference, announced the conference’s 2021 Silver Falchion Award Winners.
Congratulations go out to…
Best Cozy Winner: Rose by Any Other Name / Becki Willis
Best Comedy Winner: Con Me Once / J. L. Delozier
Best Attending Author Winner: Love Power / Martha Reed
Best Action Adventure Winner: The Crow’s Nest / Richard Meredith
Best Thriller Winner: The Divine Devils / R. Weir
Best Suspense Winner: Ring of Conspiracy / J. Robert Kinney
Best Supernatural Winner: Borrowed Memories / Christine Mager Wevik
Best Book of the Year Winner: Borrowed Memories / Best Supernatural / Christine Mager Wevik
Short Story Collection / Anthology Winner: Couch Detective Book 2 / James Glass
Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Winner: Odyssey Tale / Cody Schlegel
Reader’s Choice Award Winner: A Palette for Love and Murder / Saralyn Richard
Best Nonfiction Winner: Words Whispered in Water / Sandy Rosenthal
Best Mystery Winner: Code Gray / Benny Sims
Best Juvenile / Y.A. Winner: Irish Town / Matthew John Meagher
Best Historical Winner: The Lost Wisdom of the Magi / Susie Helme
Best Unpublished First 50 Pages:
Winner: Crooked / Suspense / Mary Bush
First Runner-Up Winner: Choosing Guilt / Mystery / Frances Aylor
Second Runner-Up Winner: The Forget-Me-Knot / Mystery / Richard McGonegal
(cj note: In case you’re curious: A falchion is a medieval, single-handed, one-edged bladed weapon that originated in Europe. One site described it as reminiscent of a contemporary machete.)
Sisters In Crime also announced a winner!
“Congratulations to D. Ann Williams, winner of the 2021 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award! #SinC created the award in 2014 to honor the memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland with a $2,000 grant to an emerging writer of color.”
cj Sez: This from another author’s recent Facebook thread: Do you remember the first book you read and loved? Okay, so I'm weird; I have two. There were obviously other books that I read in school, but there are two that I remember and loved.
True story: One winter, I'd walk about a half hour through crunchy snow to Detroit’s now-demolished Mark Twain library so I could sit in a corner and read "Last of the Mohicans" when I was about nine or ten. (That was way before it became too dangerous to let your kids play in your own yard.) The adventure stayed with me and inspired my writing, as did a second book.
About that same time, I was the winner of a school spelling bee where I won a Webster's Dictionary with my named engraved on gold on the cover. I actually did read most of it, because words and their meanings have always fascinated me.
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That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
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