|Juliet Blackwell and Gigi Pandian at a 2011 |
Sisters in Crime reading: Juliet reading from her
witchcraft mystery series, Gigi reading from
her first locked-room mystery short story.
But first, a fun little story: In 2007, both Gigi and Juliet were new to the mystery world and didn't know a soul. The 2007 Malice Domestic convention was the first either had attended. Juliet was up for an Agatha Award (for Feint of Art, writing with her sister as Hailey Lind), and Gigi was being awarded the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant (for Artifact, when it was an unpublished work-in-progress). Though the two would come to learn they lived only a few miles from each other in California, they first met at the opening ceremonies on the other side of the country -- when Gigi told Juliet how much she loved Feint of Art! -- and immediately became friends.
Since then, Juliet has had more than ten books published, and this year Gigi is up for an Agatha Award for her locked-room mystery short story "The Hindi Houdini." What a fun ride it's been!
MALICE DOMESTIC 26: May 2-4, 2014Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, MD
Gigi's panel is Saturday at 9 a.m.
Make It Snappy: Our Agatha Best Short Story NomineesB.K. Stevens (Moderator), Barb Goffman, Gigi Pandian, Barbara Ross, Art Taylor
Juliet's panel is Saturday at 2 p.m.Witches and Werewolves and Ghosts, Oh My!: Woo-Woo Authors Appear in Character
Dina Willner (Moderator), Juliet Blackwell, Dana Cameron, Jim Lavene, Leigh Perry/Toni Kelner