Friday, August 29, 2008

IMWF 2010 accepting submissions

The International Mystery Writers' Festival is now accepting submissions, including stage plays, screenplays, teleplays, and short stories in the mystery, thriller, suspense, and adventure genres. Finalists will be presented in live productions during the 2010 festival. Click here for submission details.

The IMWF "Angie Awards" (named for Oscar, Tony & Emmy Award winning star ANGELA LANSBURY) will be presented in the following categories:

BEST NEW WORK, plus a $10,000 prize
MOST PROMISING NEW WRITER, plus a $5,000 prize
OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY or TELEPLAY, plus a $2,500.00 prize
BEST WORK FOR YOUNG ADULTS (ages 12-18), plus $1,000
BEST SHORT MYSTERY PLAY (1-Act plays, short screenplay, short story), plus $1,000

There is no entry fee. Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2009. The next International Mystery Writers' Festival will be held June 17-27, 2010, in Owensboro, Kentucky. Click here for details.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Deadline City

Our crazy summer is officially turning into a crazy fall. I have three cozy mysteries due to my publisher over the next six months, all in my "Kentucky Geezers" trilogy for Heartsong Presents: Mysteries -- Nursing a Grudge next month, Burying the Hatchet in December, and Knocking 'Em Dead in February. Of those three, Grudge is written and been revised several times, with one more revision (at least!) before I turn it in. I have a lot of the specifics plotted for Hachet, which is my first "impossible crime" scenario; I am really excited to get this one done. Knocking 'Em Dead I am plotting now. The books are relatively short, at 63,000 words, but the events of the summer whittled away any margin I had with my schedule. It's go time.

Meanwhile, I also developed a political thriller series, which my agent is discussing with various publishers. And my wife Erica and I are discussing a few comics projects we may pursue by the end of the year.

(That about covers it.)

During this time, I'm also having some savage dental surgery (which I *so* do not look forward to). I have actually been to the dentist multiple times this summer prepping for it.

By the way, the "Kentucky Geezers" books will be available first to HPM subscribers starting around spring 2009. It sounds like they'll make it to retail stores later in the year. (Subscribe to Heartsong Presents: Mysteries and get four books FREE!)

Monday, August 04, 2008

Saturday: Comics discussion at Nashville Library

This Saturday, my wife Erica is a panelist at a comics/graphic novel discussion at the Nashville Public Library (main branch). Also on hand will be author/artist Hope Larson (Chiggers) and scholar Dr. Jonathan Lampley (The Amazing, Collossal Book of Horror Trivia).

Saturday, August 9
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Conference Room 1A
(615) 862-5853

Erica's webcomic The Miller Sisters is posted at TitleTrakk. (Scroll to the bottom.) Catch up on the story on Erica's profile at ComicSpace. Visit TitleTrakk's About section for Erica's bio.

Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.