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?


Shel said...

That is vintage Julie. Love ya hon, SO proud of you. The accolades are well deserved.

Aurian said...

Sounds like a great time Julie! I went to my first convention this summer in Berlin, and was exhausted for the next week. I was very happy I took 2 weeks vacation for spending 5 days in Berlin (2 convention days). It was such fun while there, meeting authors and bloggers and fans.

Kim M. Hammond said...

Congrats again! It was awesome to see how excited you were at the awards. I think Paige's smile was as big as yours. Thanks again for coming to Cleveland and for the great panel!

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Shel. Love you back!

Aurian - what a great plan! Conferences and conventions take a lot out of us, don't they? Building in some vacation around it is genius.

Kim - Thank you!!! So great to see you. Thanks for all your hard work making Bouchercon happen!

Linda McDonald said...

Congratulations! That is awesome. I'm very happy for you. Sounds like iut was a wonderful conference. It's always nice to be around such great energy.

JJM said...

Brava! And you were just radiant with unalloyed joy -- loved it!

--Mario R.

Julie Hyzy said...

Linda - it was so much fun. The mystery community is the best!

JJM - Thank you! I'm still flying.

Adrienne said...

Once again I send hearty congrats to a well-deserving author! Your pals all shouted cudos to you throughout the online pages so we could join in your excitement. Authors certainly seem to make up a wonderful community. Here's to ongoing success, Julie. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Adrienne in MN :-)

Dru said...

Cleveland was fun and I was lucky to run into all the Cozy Chicks who were in attendance.

I remember that shout of joy Julie when your name was cool and you were so nervous and I was standing in the back, smiling for you.

I also had the pleasure of meeting meeting Julie's husband who is quite the looker.

So, who's going to Albany?

suz said...

Congratulations on the Anthony Award. Glad you had such a good time at the convention. - Karen

Julie Hyzy said...

Thank you so much, Adrienne. I am so lucky to be part of this wonderful community.

Dru - It was so great to see you and hang out a little bit. Only wish it could have been more. And thanks - I think the hub is quite the cutie, too.

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