The Whitney Awards

I bet you thought I was going to ask you to write more descriptions of these very stunning women. No, dear blog reader, actually this is a picture of Julie Wright and I at the Whitney Awards. By the way, I am actually wearing one of Julie’s dresses because she has much better taste than I do. (I had planned on buying a dress while I was in Utah but somehow it never happened.)

I know I should tell you who the winners of the description contest are. I’m going to get to that soon–really. I’ve enlisted the help of two judges and they have yet to get back to me about their choices. (If you’re reading this, judges,take this as a subtle hint.)

The reason it’s been so long since I’ve written, is that I’ve spent the last week in Utah doing school visits, book signings, a writers conference, and the Whitney Awards. My Fair Godmother was up for the best YA novel.

Here is a picture of me after the awards:
You can probably tell from the number of chocolate deserts sitting in front of me that once again, I didn’t win.

Here are some other losers after the awards:
At least I’m in good company. Jessica Day George, James Dashner, and Julie Wright are all awesome writers.

And here’s what happens when you go for a week with very little sleep. I am leading a group of women in a rendition of Beyonce’s Single Ladies.

Dan Wells, who won some award for something, said that all my blog readers would wonder what I was pointing at. He may have made that snarky comment because I commandeered a podcast interview and asked him some of my own questions. Well, what do you expect when you write a book called: I Am Not A Serial Killer? People are going to wonder about certain things. One of the questions I asked him was, “What are you not going to be next?”

According to Dan, he is not going to be a vampire next, but I guess we’ll have to see. Personally, I think Dan sparkles. Just saying. Here is a picture of Dan and me. I ask you: Does this man look like a serial killer and should people really be giving him awards?

Oh, all right, I’ll post a normal picture of Dan and I.

Next blog I’ll post contest winners and more pictures of the conference.


  1. Juju at Tales of
    April 27, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Awesome pictures! 🙂

  2. Heather B. Moore
    April 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I wanted to be in the losers’ picture. I was a loser too 🙂

    Very fun night and it just keeps getting better and better.

  3. Stephanie Black
    April 27, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Loved the pics, loved your book, and loved seeing you this weekend.

  4. Shari
    April 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    You should have won. I may have to hunt down the judges. (insert maniacal laughter) Clearly, they were just afraid of the ‘serial killer’ author.

  5. Krista
    April 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I love the picture of the losers. Yeah, right, losers, HA. Wonderful people to be lumped with! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Danyelle
    April 27, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Well, I hope one day I can sit with the losers too. :p

    It was really nice to be able to meet you. 🙂

  7. Sara B. Larson
    April 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Well, you definitely were in great company. Maybe I can join you in celebrating loserness with chocolate desserts and renditions of “Single Ladies” someday… 🙂 I was watching people do the Single Ladies dance on saturday night too… except it was drunk people at a dueling piano performance. But that’s another story. Anyway, I’m so glad I got to see you! Next time you’re up in UT we’d better all get together again! (I’ll bring dessert)

  8. Kimberly
    April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I was highly annoyed that I kinda-sorta knew two of the finalists in your category and some complete stranger won. The nerve!

    On the plus side, you looked fabulous!

  9. Melanie J
    April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am

    It was fun to see you again. And if it’s any consolation, I’ve bought five copies of your books in the last few months, including multiple copies of Godmother. I love handing it to girlfriends with some chocolate in what I call a Fun Friday Night package.

  10. Janette Rallison
    April 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Wow, Melanie, you are not only an awesome reader–you’re an awesome friend!

  11. Sarah M Eden
    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I particularly loved the “loser” picture. You all look appropriately forlorn. (PS–You looked particularly lovely at the Whitney’s–fabulous dress!)

    AND–my word verification word is “barlicr” – bar liquor? Wondering what subliminal message that is meant to send.

  12. Lani Woodland
    April 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    It was fantastic to meet you this weekend. I was sad when you lost! 🙁 I was rooting for you

  13. Kimberley Griffiths Little
    April 28, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Hilarious pictures, Janette! It was very fun to meet you and I’m sad you lost. But at least you got cake! 😉

    Course, everybody got cake.

  14. Julie Wright
    April 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    i love our loser picture. It was my favorite part of the night (next to giving Dave Wolverton a standing ovation) Thank you thank you for being such an amazing friend. You are awesome!

  15. Nikki
    April 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    WHAT! James didn’t win for Maze Runner???!! What did win? It must be AMAZING whatever it is!! BTW, with company like that, I want to be in the loser picture someday!!

  16. Janette Rallison
    April 28, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Yeah, you get more chocolate dessert too. The book that won for the YA catagory was The Chosen One. (It was the chosen one.)

  17. Mary Campbell
    April 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Loved Dan’s book, but I love yours too and first – I think you deserved to win. You do look fabulous and chocolate pie always makes it better.

  18. The Novelist
    April 30, 2010 at 7:14 am

    You got to each chocolate, that makes you a winner!

  19. Roland D. Yeomans
    May 1, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I will probably never get to attend one of those, but your fantastic pictures made me feel as if I were there, Roland

  20. Yamile
    May 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I didn’t attend the awards, but I was there for the writers’ conference. Thanks for your “Making your Writing Sparkle” class. I learned a lot, and I’m already putting it to practice on the book I’m revising.

  21. chelly
    May 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Even though you didn’t win, Janette, it looks like you had a really fun time. 🙂

  22. Laura Lofgreen
    May 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Love the chocolate cake and all the smiles.

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