Killer Year–The Class of 2007

A Totally Original Post…okay, not really…
October 5, 2006, 9:29 am
Filed under: Brett Battles, Killer Year Founders

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.

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The capitol in Madison

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Bill Cameron, Robert Gregory Browne and myself (in the middle)

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Here I am with Marcus Sakey (who just received a starred review in Publishers Weekly!!)

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Bill Cameron with his ITW mentor Anne Fraiser

And let’s not forget there were actually panels at the conference

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The New Wave panel with Sandra Ruttan, Lori Lake, Robert Gregory Browne and Rick Blechta. Not pictured: moderator John Rickards

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Rob Browne

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Sandra Ruttan

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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If you get the chance to go to a writers’ convention, whether you are published, unpublished, a reader or a fan, go.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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What the hell? You mean the amount I offered to keep you from posting that freaked out picture of me wasn’t enough?

Round two with the photos at LCC, Brett!

Comment by Sandra Ruttan

Great photos! Can’t wait to hear more about those two novels you picked up.

Comment by patry

Thanks, Brett! Nice pics. Even the ones with me in them!

Comment by Bill Cameron

i tried to get bill to go to a tattoo parlor so we could get matching tattoos. he was game until he found out they wouldn’t wash off.

Comment by anne frasier

oh, and brett — congrats for taking a bad pic of sandra. 😀
it’s the first i’ve seen, and i wasn’t sure one even existed. i think it could come in very handy at some point in the future.

Comment by anne frasier

Very funny Anne. 😦

Comment by Sandra Ruttan

sandra, i hope that didn’t come across the wrong way. the point i was trying to make is that i’ve never seen anybody who takes such consistently great photos. this one isn’t even bad, it’s just not great.

Comment by anne frasier

Oh Anne, I think it’s funny. If it was anyone else with that look on their face, I’d laugh at them. My husband’s going to love it.

Comment by Sandra Ruttan

whew. i thought maybe i’d hurt your feelings — and i really try to save that kind of thing for assholes.

Comment by anne frasier

Nah! I’m made of sterner stuff than that, especially where friends are concerned!

Comment by Sandra Ruttan

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a muffin-top head.

Comment by Robert Gregory Browne

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