ACFW Genesis Awards

The annual American Christian Fiction Writers Conference is wrapping up today in
Indianapolis, Indiana. A LiveBlog event was posted live from the Conference on Sunday evening during the Awards Ceremony. An archived transcript including nominees and winners for the various awards can be found online here. Congratulations to all the winners!


Contemporary Fiction

  • Runner up: Chris Kraft, Brandywine Reckoning
  • Winner: Lynnette P. Horner, The Assistant

Contemporary Romance

  • Runner up: Sarah Forgrave, Stilettos and Aprons
  • Winner: Janice LaQuiere, Truckload of Love

Historical Fiction

  • Runner up: Lori Benton, The Quiet in the Land
  • Winner: Brenda Jackson, Principle Engagement

Historical Romance

  • Runner up: Ruth Trippy, Celia
  • Winner: Pam Hillman, Terms of Indenturement


  • Runner up: Barbara Early, Chaos at Camp
  • Winner: Rich Bullock, Storm Lake/Storm Song

Romantic Suspense

  • Runner up: Terri Weldon, A Cry in the Night
  • Winner: Valerie Goree, Weep in the Night

Speculative Fiction

  • Runner up: Suzanne Krein, Time Dancer
  • Winner: Andra Marquardt, Traitors

Women’s Fiction

  • Runner up: Lisa Buffaloe, Nadia’s Hope
  • Winner: Jennifer Fromke, Docking

Young Adult

  • Runner up: Kasey Heinly, Broken Glass
  • Winner: Stefanie Morris, Shyla, Desert Daughter/Shyla, Child of the Desert

SiWC Afterthoughts

Memories of SiWC 2008



Crush of people

Laughter erupting

Waiting for elevators

Glue gun, glittery beads and feathers


Shari Green & Carol Garvin

Shari Green & Carol Garvin

Tired butts

Feverish note taking

Nerve-wracking interviews

Moments of enlightenment

Incredible presenters

Sumptuous food

Purple tights


Purple tights - kc dyer
kc dyer



Shock Theater script

Daunting dinner table companions

Glimpses of genius

“Glorious Mud”


Jack Whyte

Jack Whyte


Hotel room keys

Devil horns and angel wings

Wallet-depleting piles of books

Outing of introverts

Not-so-white wine

Sharing ideas



Information overload, overload, overload, overload… need sleep… system crash!


Check List

Let’s see, toothbrush, alarm clock, camera and writing supplies plus all those important extras like my synopsis and business cards. Yes, I think I have everything packed. Oh, but I also need to tuck in a dose of reinforcement for my self-confidence and a smidgeon of determination.


I’m off to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference this afternoon to join with writers, both novice and professional, for a weekend of inspiration. There will be workshops led by the best in the business, lots of opportunities for meal-time mingling and after-hours schmoozing with renown authors, agents, editors and publishers. All the most beneficial aspects of a conference involve interacting with the people, but I’m so NOT a social butterfly! I’m usually the tongue-tied shadow observing from the outer fringe.


After more than a decade of running my own people-oriented business, however, I know what I have to do to survive the inevitable stress — focus on the people, not their persona. Remembering that human beings are under those professional cloaks gives us a commonality that helps to lessen the intimidation. I’ll also be bolstered by the company of my daughter who thinks along much the same lines.


I expect to meet some wonderful people this weekend and come home ballooned with mega-quantities of renewed creativity, enthusiasm and energy for my writing. But first I’d better locate those extra underpinnings to slip into my suitcase.




Today’s the Day!

Today’s the day! Registration opens at noon today for the Surrey International Writers Conference   October 24-26, 2008. I plan to be among the early ones on their doorstep to ensure my choices for Agent/Editor interviews and Blue Pencil Cafe appointments will be available.


This will be my third conference. Since 2004 I’ve been attending every second year, using the alternate years to focus on saving money for the not-insignificant registration fee and cost of accommodation. I could easily commute, but one of the major benefits of the conference is always the schmoozing before, between and after the meals and workshops and I’d have to forego some of that if I opted for a couple hours’ travel time each day. I’d also miss out on intimate evenings sharing a hotel room with my daughter and a dear friend, and I have treasured memories of those times at past conferences.


So the excitement is building. It starts now with anticipation, moves through a weekend of exhilaration (and exhaustion), and leaves behind a renewed enthusiasm for writing. It’s going to be wonderful!