Why I Left The House That Smelled of Death

My latest story, “Why I Left the House that Smelled of Death,” about a holiday visit with family, is free to read in the Yellow Mama webzine. A bit of a departure from my usual style but that’s what’s so wonderful about short stories – you can try new things without committing a year to the process.

Scholarships for Surrey

Surrey International Writers Conference is one of the best conferences around for new and aspiring writers. They have two scholarships available this year.

The SiWC Diversity Scholarship offers a full conference pass (a $625 value) to SiWC 2019 to writers over the age of 19 who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference.

The Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers is available for writers between the ages of 15 and 22.

Deadline for applications is September 15.




Some helpful advice on conferences

I’m really looking forward to going to Left Coast Crime next week. And I’ll be happy to see so many of my fellow writers and catch up with them. I have met some wonderful people at conferences, participating in author speed-dating, chatting at the dinner table or hanging out in the bar at the end of the day.

But, for someone who spends a lot of the time alone with my computer, I do sometimes find it all a bit overwhelming and really want to just hide in my hotel room.

So I was delighted to get Jane Friedman’s newsletter today with very pertinent information on schmoozing for introverts. I found it a helpful reminder of how I really should be spending my time at conferences, so I thought I’d share it with my fellow introverts.

Maybe we’ll find ourselves chatting together soon.

#LCCYVR2019 #mystery