The New England chapter of Sisters in Crime programs a number of events throughout the year. It amazes me when a germ of a brainstormed idea turns into a fabulous day. And even when you are in on the conversations leading up to the event, it still amazes me that it all turns out so well. This past Saturday was one of those days.

We met in Hartford, CT at a function room of the Mark Twain House. There are a number of Connecticut sisters and brothers, plus we connected with the Connecticut Romance Writers Association (CTRWA) and Charter Oak Romance Writers. There was a panel with Lucy Burdette AuthorRosemary HarrisLori Avocato and debut author Marian Lanouette entitled “Putting Romance in Your Mystery, and Mystery in Your Romance”.  There are a number of mystery writers who are also romance writers. I am not one of them, and I found discussions about writing for the different lines of romance fascinating. It is not dissimilar to the different types of mysteries, though the volume of romances sold is higher (14.3% of the US consumer market). The panel itself was great, as were the questions and comments from the audience.

And then we took a tour of the Mark Twain House. Have you been there? What a beautiful place, and wonderful tour. He wrote some of his greatest novels while he lived in that house. And you could tell that the house fed some of that creativity.

Add to the day time for conversation and a lovely lunch, and you have a great event. Michele Dorsey, Barbara Ross, Ang Pompano, and Rhonda Lane created a fabulous day for all of us.

And the icing on the cake? This quote (on a magnet, which I now own):

“My books are water those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.”
–Mark Twain


About J.A. Hennrikus/Julianne Holmes

J.A. (Julie) Hennrikus writes the Clock Shop Mystery Series under the name Julianne Holmes. JUST KILLING TIME, the first in the series, was published in Oct 2015 and was nominated for a BEST FIRST NOVEL Agatha award. CLOCK AND DAGGER was released in August 2016. CHIME AND PUNISHMENT will be released in August 2017. Julie's Theater Cop series will debut in the fall of 2017. A CHRISTMAS PERIL is the first in this series about an ex-cop who runs a theater company. wears two hats. Her short stories have been published by Level Best Books: “Tag, You’re Dead” in THIN ICE, “Her Wish” in DEAD CALM, and “The Pendulum Swings, Until It Doesn’t” in BLOOD MOON. Julie is an arts administrator and arts advocate. She tweets her writing life as @JHAuthors, and her other life as @JulieHennrikus. She is an avid theater goer and a member of Red Sox nation. Her website is jahennrikus.com, and she blogs with WickedCozyAuthors.com and KillerCharacters.com.
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  1. What a terrific event!

  2. It was a fabulous event!

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