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Fun Time at Killer Nashville’s 2019 International Writers’ Conference
by Linda Thorne

What a fun time I had last month at Killer Nashville’s Writers’ Conference. This year the guests were Alexandra Ivy, David Morrell, and Joyce Carol Oates.

The first authors’ panel I participated in covered one of my favorite subjects: How To Master Setting held Friday 8-24.

From left to right: Debra Gaskill, Randy Overbeck, me, John Carenen, Baron Birtcher, and lead panelist, Jim Nesbitt.

Baron Birtcher (above with long hair) won three Silver Falchion awards this year for Book of the Year, Best Action Adventure, and Best Attending Author. John Carenen, who sat beside me, tied with Joseph Simurdiak for the KN Claymore Award.

Saturday, I had two author panels. Curl of by the Fire: Writing the Cozy: 

From left to right: Debra Goldstein, me, J.C. Kenney, lead panelist Maggie Toussaint, Phyllis Gobbell, and Alexia Gordan.

Two of these panelist won Silver Falchion Awards. Phyllis Gobbell won for Best Cozy (subject of our panel), and Maggie Toussaint for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.

Saralyn Richard, who shares the same publisher I have, Black Opal Books, won the Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award.

I was the lead for my final author panel Saturday on a favorite topic, Writing Without an Outline. Below are the other panel members.

Amy Rivers & Rich Zahradnik                                                   R.G. (Dick) Belsky

PD Halt                                                                                      Kerry Peresta







Great conference. Lots to do and learn, and a great deal of fun year after year.


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