Highlights from the 2012 RWA Conference and a Winner…

Sarah Andre

On TV we often see cops cracking jokes at the scene of a homicide. Guess what? It’s authentic. One of the automatic responses to the horror of dealing with fatalities is to use humor. Crass, black, sick, hilarious, sarcastic…doesn’t matter. Humor allows them to “disassociate” from the grisly aspects of their job.

HOW COPS COPE was an incredibly informative RWA session I attended last week. Margaret A. Taylor (nicknamed Ma), former CHP officer who’s now a special agent with the CA DOJ shared some of her street experiences and how cops deal with the constant adrenalin, shock and risk they face daily.

We learned that Disassociation is when the body goes on autopilot and the mind goes somewhere else. Condition Black is paralyzed into inactivity, unaware of your surroundings, even someone next to you shouting your name. And we all know soldiers can suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but Ma assured us cops do too.

She provided interesting police codes and lingo used in CA. 1180 is a major injury accident. 1010 is the blanket they use to cover a body, OIS– Officer Involved Shooting. Ma was funny, frank and hugely informative. Her personal stories had me glued to my seat! Check out her blog: www.MATaylor1010.com  1010…get it?


Rachel Grant

Movies romance authors love…  

Clips from various movies were shown during the RITA® and Golden Heart® award ceremony.  Based on very unscientific evidence (the level of squeals and shouts from the audience with each new clip) I think The Princess Bride was the most favored movie, followed by Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice.

As someone who lists The Princess Bride on my website as my favorite movie ever, I totally understand the first, but ::ducking:: I’ve never seen the Pride and Prejudice miniseries, and ::gives up on ducking and heads straight for the closet to hide:: I’ve never finished reading the book.  Based on the audience reaction, I’m afraid admitting this might get my RWA membership revoked.

This makes me wonder, as a romance writer, which movies do I really need to watch?  As my to-be-read pile is already huge, I think we should skip the idea of me finishing the book. 🙂


Krista Hall


Congratulations, Donnas1!
We’re sending you J.D. Robb’s 2012 RITA® winner: NEW YORK TO DALLAS!
Please click on the Contact Us page within the next 10 days to let us know which ebook format (Kindle or Nook) you prefer.

K&T congratulates ALL of this year’s RITA® and Golden Heart® nominees and winners!

A special thank you to the Golden Heart® Romantic Suspense nominees who so generously shared their opening lines with us last week and to our commenters for the lively discussions and excellent suggestions for our TBR lists!

About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on July 31, 2012, in Krista Hall, Rachel Grant, Sarah Andre, Winners and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Brandie Nickerson

    LOL! Don’t feel bad, I haven’t read the book either… But, I was a suspense/mystery writer first 🙂

    Thanks a lot for the highlights!


  2. I love Jane Austen–I know, totally predictable. Every couple of years, I find myself pulling down well-worn copies from the bookshelf and losing myself in her world of manners and social commentary. I love Austen’s acerbic wit and heroines who push back against society’s strictures. My favorite is PERSUASION.

    Rachel, Persuasion is the Jane Austen film to watch. The 1995 BBC movie with Ciarán Hinds is an hour an a half so that will still leave you with lots of time for your TBR pile 🙂

  3. Thanks, Brandie, I’m glad to know I’m not alone!

    And thanks for the movie recommendation, Krista. I’ve seen several Austen adaptations, but I don’t believe I’ve seen Persuasion. Maybe my daughter will watch it with me. I’m in the mood for a big bowl of popcorn and movie night as I settle in after the flurry of National.

  4. As I watched excerpts from famous romance movies flash up on that screen I had this incredible urge to re-watch most of them immediately. The snippets they’d chosen were the exact parts of the movie that tugged on your heart strings and there were a whole lot of clips!

  5. There is really only one Romance Movie, and that is SOMEWHERE IN TIME….:)

    And yes, bad jokes fly at crime scenes. And in law enforcement offices. I honestly believe it’s a “Laugh so you don’t cry” thing.

  6. Lots of black humor in the group home world of the mentally retarded as well.

  7. Great blog post ladies. I love The Princess Bride and I too have never read P&P (gasp). At RWA, I loved the Criminal Mistakes workshop by Allison Leotta. Excellent information and she is a former sex crimes prosecutor. She contrasted popular TV shows like CSI and Criminal Minds with what REALLY happens. Highly recommend her as a speaker and this workshop in particular.

    • Oh, that sounds great! Luckily one of our chapter members buys the entire CD series of taped workshops for us every year, so I’ll make sure to listen to it.

  8. Your missing a lot by not watching the P&P with Colin Firth, Rachel — you must give it a try. Lovely summary of the workshop, Sarah.


    • I agree with you, Diana. If Rachel had to watch ONE movie from all those clips it’d be the P&P with Colin! Unforgettable.

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