This headline in the A2 section of The Age last Saturday caught my eye and not just because my surname is Savage: the first boy I ever fell in love with was called Justin Scarlet and if my love had only been requited, we would have indeed been Savage and Scarlet. Instead, these days ‘just in scarlet’ (and black) pretty much describes how I dress, while Justin Scarlet (possibly Scarlett) of Bonbeach is but a distant memory.
Having caught my attention, though, how cool to find my name mentioned in the ‘Savage and scarlet’ article as one of several published novelists associated with the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards.
(My short story, ‘The Mole on the Temple’, won third prize in 1998. The story was the first outing of Jayne Keeney, the character who became the heroine of my novel Behind the Night Bazaar, although back then she didn’t even have a surname).
The Sisters in Crime recently released a collection of prize winning stories, Scarlet Stiletto – The First Cut. (They didn’t include ‘The Mole on the Temple’, but I’m not taking it personally!). I attended the launch by Sigrid Thornton in August–a great night–and got as many author autographs as I could without seeming like a stalker. It’s a fantastic read, not least of all for its diversity: the stories range from laugh-out-loud-funny, to dark and disturbing (there are 26 stories in all). I highly recommend it, particularly for Melbourne’s train and tram commuters seeking to take their minds off how much work they’ve still got to do before the end of the year…