Not sure if anyone’s heard this yet, but there was a conference last week. Something called Bouchercon, this year in Madison, Wisconsin. Too bad no one’s talking about it in blogland, it was actually quite a fantastic time. Thought I’d share a few pics of my Killer Year friends and some of the Bouchercon happenings.
The capitol in Madison
Bill Cameron, Robert Gregory Browne and myself (in the middle)
Here I am with Marcus Sakey (who just received a starred review in Publishers Weekly!!)
Bill Cameron with his ITW mentor Anne Fraiser
And let’s not forget there were actually panels at the conference
The New Wave panel with Sandra Ruttan, Lori Lake, Robert Gregory Browne and Rick Blechta. Not pictured: moderator John Rickards
Sean Chercover explaining the ins and outs of publishing to Michele Martinez and Sean Gericke
In a weekend full of highlights, an unexpected one happened at the airport in Madison on Sunday afternoon. Due to an early arrival on my part, I was part of two author discussions on life, politics, writing and marketing your book. The first with Rob Browne, J.D. Rhoades and his wife. And the second with the wonderfully talented Steven Hockensmith (if you haven’t read HOLMES ON THE RANGE, you don’t know what you’re missing!), Sue Ann Jaffarian, Killer Year member Bill Cameron (also had a very nice dinner with him at O’Hare), and several others whose names I’m blanking on at the moment. I think the conversations were fun because by that point we were all relaxed, brain dead and had no where else to go.
If you get the chance to go to a writers’ convention, whether you are published, unpublished, a reader or a fan, go. Don’t think about it. Just do it. At least once. More if you can.
I’m serious. Really.
But even topping that was that I walked away with ARCs of both KISS HER GOODBYE by Robert Gregory Browne and THE BLADE ITSELF by Marcus Sakey, both Killer Year members. I’m already half way through KISS HER GOODBYE, and it is fantastic! Action packed with great characters and a twist or two I’ve never seen before! Marcus’ book is next!
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