of our 5th year anniversary, we made 2007 the best Murder
Goes South ever. We added new attractions: A writing contest,
writing classes, a book signing and a wine tasting at the
Wine Shoppe in the Village.
on Friday January 26, 2007 when our dinner speaker, South
Carolina mystery writer Margaret Maron, took the podium and
delivered a wonderful opening address for the event. Ms Maron
was introduced by her good friend, Mary Kay Andrews, who was
our 2006 guest speaker. Margaret Maron is a co-founder of
Sisters in Crime and author of the Deborah Knott (Judge
Knott) series, Bootleggers Daughter, Shooting
at Loons, Slow Dollar, Up Jumps the Devil,
Killer Market, and Rituals of the Season, just
to name a few. A succulent dinner was catered by Café
program included writers Sallie Bissell (Call the Devil
by His Oldest Name, Legacy of Masks), Stephanie Bond (Body
Movers) Norman Chastain (After the Game), p. m.
terrell (Ricochet), Patricia Sprinkle (Death on
the Family Tree), and Steven Womack (By Blood Written).
The writers divided into two panels and talked about their
writing, characters, and how they developed their writing
styles. A question and answer segment followed each discussion.
artist and writer, Craig Faris conducted a morning writing
class entitled "The Subtle Art of Suspense"
for those writers in attendance. Our afternoon writing instructor
was Stephanie Bond, author of Body Movers, Finding
your Mojo, and In Deep Voodoo. The winner of our
writing contest was Rick Thompson of Marietta.
rounded out with a book signing and then on to The
Wine Cellars for a taste test and book signing and chat
with Smyrna's own Patricia Sprinkle, dinner keynote speaker
Margaret Maron and 2006 guest speaker Mary Kay Andrews.
guests included Marietta Police detective, Barry Mason, author
of Maroon and Killswitch; and California writer,
who has attended MGS each year, remarked that this was indeed
our best year.