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I am honored and humbled to announce that I am the 2017 Dorothy Cannell Scholarship recipient.

 

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Dorothy Cannell, Mystery Writer

Here is the press release:

Sisters in Crime (@SinCNational) is pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the Dorothy Cannell “Guppy” Scholarship, Micki Browning.

The FBI National Academy graduate and award-winning author worked in law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a division commander. Her debut mystery, Adrift, set in the Florida Keys, was published by Alibi-Random House in January 2017. It won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Royal Palm Literary Award.

Browning resides in Southern Florida with her partner in crime and a vast array of scuba equipment. She’s currently working on Beached, the second in the Mer Cavallo Mysteries. Learn more at http://www.MickiBrowning.com.

The following information is courtesy of the Sisters In Crime website:

To honor one of the most enduring author/agent partnerships in mystery publishing, Sisters in Crime is administering the Dorothy Cannell ‘Guppy’ Scholarship, offered by an anonymous donor.

The $1,000 scholarship will be offered each year to an aspiring or published mystery author who is a member of the Guppies, and is designed to subsidize attendance at the Malice Domestic conference, held annually in Bethesda, Maryland.

Malice Domestic honors the traditional mystery and awards the prestigious “Agatha,” named for Agatha Christie.

From me:

Writing is only a solitary endeavor if you allow it to be. I’ve been fortunate. I have a network of amazing and supportive people who have demystified the industry and offered congratulations and condolences as appropriate. I joined Sisters In Crime over a decade ago. It was one of the best professional decisions I’ve made in regards to my writing.

For anyone considering exploring their creative side, I highly recommend seeking writing organizations that specialize in your genre. It’s never lonely when you are a member of a group of like-minded individuals who want to see each other succeed! For me that began with Sisters in Crime and expanded to include the Guppy Chapter, and other groups.

Find your group. Write.

Thank you to Sisters in Crime, the donor of the scholarship fund, and to Dorothy Cannell for inspiring such an amazing tribute.