The conference we think of as "Thrillerfest" is really the end-cap of a week of varied events. It started on Monday with the ATF pre-conference.
Every year the International Thriller Writer's organization (ITW) organizes various a series of events to encourage authors who have had their first book published in the preceding twelve months. At Thrillerfest there is a dinner for the authors to meet and a Debut Author breakfast where Steve Berry introduces the authors and gives them each a minute to talk about their book.
Spokane. Leavenworth. Bellingham. It seems that only places like that in Washington state can produce a private investigator hero named Edwina Zapata Schultz.
The documentary, Be Natural, based in part on my bookThe Lost Visionary,
Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month and thanks to the StoryADay in May writing challenge, May has become identified with the short story. So StoryADay.org made it official and declared May 2013 to be the first organized International Short Story Month.
The Short Mystery Fiction Society joins the celebration each year by highlighting members’ published story every day of the month.
Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—named after the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories and people who've greatly advanced or supported the form. Nominees and winners are selected by members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The 2018 winners will be announced on May 15, so if you are an SMFS member, read these stories and vote!
Last year I published my first two short stories ever, and both of them have been nominated for Derringer awards! This is a huge, huge, honor for me!
National poetry month is over in the calendar but not in my heart. I’ve spent the last few days savoring Be Brave: An Unlikely Manual for Erasing Heartbreak, by J. M. Farkas. In Be Brave, Farkas applies her black permanent marker to the entirety of Beowulf.