Last post I talked about the wonderful SheKilda crime conference and the Davitt awards. This post I'm delighted to tell you that Cold Justice won the Davitt for best adult crime novel! I was extra thrilled to learn that I'm the first author to have won that category twice (the other time was for my debut novel Frantic). The entire conference was wonderful, and the awards night as fun and funny as ever. Here are a couple of pics:
From left: Colleen Egan, winner of the best true crime award for her book Murderer No More; Penny Matthews who won the young adult section for A Girl Like Me; Leigh Redhead who won highly commended in the adult section for Thrill City (which I can promise you is an awesome read, as are the first three in the series); me with my award; and guest presenter Shamini Flint, who was completely delightful and hilarious. Missing from this pic is PM Newton who won the readers' choice category with The Old School.
Here's Leigh Redhead and me with our friend Deb who won the 'have a character named after you in the winner's next book' raffle, so look out for 'Deb' in book 6 of the Ella Marconi series!
As I said, the conference was wonderful. My interview with Margie Orford went well, and she was so interesting to talk to. My other panels were great too. I sat in on a few others as well: one talking about writing for TV, another on balancing crime-writing and motherhood (not that I have any plans, nosirree), a third featuring forensic specialists talking about how they'd go about processing a crime scene and analysing evidence. But perhaps the best aspect of any event like this is catching up with old friends and making new ones, and I'd like to say thanks and hi to all those people :)
In other news, the page proofs of Silent Fear are finally done and on their way back to the publisher (which is why it's taken me a week to write about the Davitts!) and I'm working hard on book 6. And I'd better get back to it! But before I go, if you're an aspiring writer check out my friend Ian Irvine's blog, where he's discussing the truth about publishing and sharing his top tips on storytelling too.
The latest in Katherine's news, plus what she's been reading.