GCLS 2018, Goldie Awards, Dorothy Allison and me!

So another Golden Crown Literary Society Conference has come and gone. Hard to believe this is the Con’s 14th year. As always, it was a great fest of hugs and a million hellos to friends new and old. But it wasn’t all fun and games! Thursday morning bright and early found me on the Accidental Detectives panel, moderated by the one and only Lynn Ames. My amazing fellow participants were EJ Cochrane, Linda Vogt, Ellie Hart, Cass Sellars, and me, who’s obviously not paying the attention I should.

That evening, Linda Hill, publisher of Bella Books, hosted a dinner for all her authors. It was awesome fun and coal-fired pizza was really good. That being said, the picture below of the entire Bella crew is taken right after the awards ceremony Saturday night.

The next day I had to get up at the buttcrack of dawn. Okay maybe it wasn’t the buttcrack, but 7:00am sure felt like it. I wanted to  cheer on my great pal MB Panichi as she read her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Blood and Roses. I’m honored to have had a crack at reading the manuscript, and let me tell you, you are in for a treat! Yeah, next time I should make sure the mike isn’t smack dab between her eyes when I take the picture!

Immediately after MB’s reading, I had to scoot to another panel. This time it was The Destigmatizing Mental Illness panel, very well moderated by Kimberly Cooper Griffin. I was joined by Patty Schramm on my left, and on my right was Rae Magdon, the inimitable and stunningly amazing Dorothy Allison, and Andy Meadeson. This was really a great panel and an excellent discussion.

At the Goldie Award ceremony, Dorothy Allison was presented with the absolutely well-deserved Trailblazer Award. This woman…what can I say? F****** AMAZING!

And then there’s my editor and incredibly talented (and newly crowned Goldie Award winner with Claire McNab—check out and order the book here) Katherine Forrest. Let me tell you what a dream it was to go from reading Curious Wine, An Emergence of Green, and every Kate Delafield mystery to not only meeting one of my heroes but being edited by her. Truly breathtaking.

Launchpoint Press’s mystery Writer Linda Vogt and I landed on the Accidental Detectives panel together and we always take an after-panel snap!


Of course no convention would be complete without a Minion. In this case, five minions!

Saturday was the night of the Goldie Awards. It was a fantastic evening, with a barnburner of a speech by Dorothy Allison when she accepted the Trailblazer Award. It was intense, humorous, deadly serious, and exactly what you’d expect from Dorothy. Here’s the list of winners. Congrats to all!

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  1. Nice post, Jessie, and great photos (though MB might have a suggestion or two). It was a great conference. Missed seeing some people there this year, but it was a nice opportunity to catch up with other friends and attend some really good panels and readings.

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