Thursday, October 11, 2012


by Julie
That scream you heard Saturday night coming from the direction of Cleveland was me! Woo-hoo!!! Buffalo West Wing was named as winner of the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Wonderful evening! What was so much fun was being surrounded by friends there -- and all weekend. Bouchercon is the world mystery conference and it gives attendees the opportunity to meet and talk and hang out with people we only get to see once a year...if that. It's so huge that I went the entire weekend without running into some people who I *know* were there.

Here's the video my friend Ali Karim shot and posted to YouTube (yes, I know Hyzy isn't spelled exactly right, but it's close!)
Thank you, Ali!

Tammy Kaehler, me, Sheila Connolly, Rochelle Staab
(picture from Tammy Kaehler)

If you'll indulge me, I'd also like to share a few pictures here. I blew it by forgetting the camera, but I took a few with my iPad and stole the rest from friends' posts online. I don't have pics of any other Cozy Chicks here, but Maggie and I were on the same plane, Deb and I got a chance to chitchat a bit at the Berkley cocktail party, and Heather and I ran into each other a couple
of times as we rushed around from one place to another. I couldn't get a room in the conference hotel and Heather got bumped from her room, so there was a lot of running back and forth going on all weekend. And of course I got to hang with Dru! She is always smiling and always so much fun to be around.
Tammy Kaehler,
Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames)
Sheila Connolly

Bouchercon is whirlwind, but so energizing. Loved meeting with my editor there and hanging out with so many of the Berkley people. Visited with my agent, caught up with friends, and met lots of new ones.

That said, I'm happy to be home. I'm ready to buckle down and start writing again. Lots of ideas for Ollie, the White House Chef (starting #7 as we speak) and for Grace #5, because #4 (Grace Takes Off) is already turned in.

Even though I'm exhausted, I'm also energized. Don't you love when that happens?