Florida Serial killer Bobby Joe Long, the subject of my book, BOUND TO DIE,  is scheduled for execution on May 23rd, 2019.  I'm sure I will experience a sense of closure since I have continued to study the case since 1995 when the book was first publsihed, but my thoughts are complicated.  While there is no doubt in my mind that he deserves to die, I'm sure his many years on Florida's Death Row have been hell on earth .  There is really no rehabilition in prison however, and the laws are clear on punishment for a capital crime.  Obviously, the murdered young women would have preferred living another 34 years, as he has done.  Of course Long stayed alive largely due to mistakes made by law enforcement early in his arrest, changes in the law during his incarceration, and clever legal representation by headline seeking lawyers in this high profile case.  Clearly, throughout my lengthy true crime writing career the Bobby Joe Long murder case has been of paramount interest to me.
 
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Bobby Joe Long's pending execution for May 23, 2019

Florida Serial killer Bobby Joe Long, the subject of my book, BOUND TO DIE,  is scheduled for execution on May 23rd, 2019.  I'm sure I will experience a sense of closure since I have continued to study the case since 1995 when the book was first publsihed, but my thoughts are complicated.  While there is no doubt in my mind that he deserves to die, I'm sure his many years on Florida's Death Row have been hell on earth .  There is really no rehabilition in prison however, and the laws are clear on punishment for a capital crime.  Obviously, the murdered young women would have preferred living another 34 years, as he has done.  Of course Long stayed alive largely due to mistakes made by law enforcement early in his arrest, changes in the law during his incarceration, and clever legal representation by headline seeking lawyers in this high profile case.  Clearly, throughout my lengthy true crime writing career the Bobby Joe Long murder case has been of paramount interest to me.
 
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Pen Woman of the Year, 2015

Anna Flowers was the Keynote Speaker at the FSA/NLAPW Biennial Conference on Friday Nov. 6th 2015 at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando.  The Florida State Association of National League of American Pen Women hosted the conference that ran from Nov. 6-8, and awards were given for excellence in arts, music and letters.   At the conference The League of American Pen Women awarded Anna Flowers the Pen Woman of the Year for 2015.

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Anna has been an active member of the Florida Chapter since 1993, served as panelist numerous times for their annual Sleuthfest Writers Conference in Fort Lauderdale, and also served on their board. She was a member of the MWA national committee for selection of Best Novel in 2002, given annually at the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

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