From Cozies to Noir. Here are a half-dozen mystery-writing friends whose work I adore. Try them. You’ll like them. It would be a crime not to.
Thanks to Alexia Gordon for the concept, and thanks to her designer, Leslie Lipps.
Bouchercon was held in St. Petersburg, Florida this year. More than a thousand mystery/crime authors, bloggers, publishers, bloggers, readers and others who love the genre come together to rekindle friendships, make new contacts, conduct business, teach/learn the craft and celebrate the best in crime fiction and non-fiction.
It was my very first Bouchercon, and I had a blast. This conference is overwhelmingly immersive. I was pleased to participate in an event on the first day of the conference called Coats of Many Colors where authors were tasked with sharing a name or two of other authors who deserved more attention. I listed Stefani Deoul (On a Larp); Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow) and Penny Mickelbury (The Gianna Magglione/Mimi Patterson mystery series). Later that day, I was honored to be on a panel that discussed the tropes of the private investigator genre with five experienced practitioners of the craft.
On Saturday, I paired up with a DC area writer friend, John Copenhaver, to do the Author Speed Dating event. John and I gave our two-minute spiels to nearly 80 readers moving from table-to-table, while breakfast eaters munched on pastries and listened attentively. It was exhausting and exhilarating.
The 3-day conference was filled with panels, presentations, interviews of celebrity crime writers, book signings….
The look on my face when I get my hands on my new book for the first time!
First Breath of Air
The Wail of Life
It’s A Book
By Cheryl A. Head
I met VM at Malice Domestic, the annual mystery confab attended by mystery writers and fans of cozy mysteries. If you like cozies, she is an author to know…and her books are ones to purchase. In this blog I particularly like her appeal to readers to ask libraries to purchase our books so they will be available widely to all audiences.
Award-winning mystery web blogger Dru Ann Love, was kind enough to post my book cover reveal for Wake Me When It’s Over, the second book in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series.
Also a love shout out to the Michigan Chronicle of Detroit who posted a blurb about WMWIO in the city and lifestyle section of their online newspaper.
You can find the Michigan Chronicle post Here. Thank you Michigan Chronicle.
Available where you buy your books on May 15, 2018
….and Dru’s Musing post Here. Thank you Dru Ann!!
Wow. What a time at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. In association with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, this New Orleans gumbo of LGBTQ writers, publishers, publicists, teachers, and book sellers included craft panels, author readings, poetry events, awards, presentations, master classes, and book signings.
And, of course, steps from the fabulous Hotel Monteleone where most of the activities were held was music, food, street strolls, bands, dancing…and cocktails. One of my favorite stops was the Red Fish Inn where I overindulged in white wine, gumbo, jalapeno cornbread, and chocolate bread pudding.
I was a panelist for a discussion about the mystery genre with the fabulous New Orleans crime/mystery writers, Greg Herren and Jean M. Redmann; as well as award-winning authors, Ali Vali and Jeffrey Round.
I also discussed historical fiction writing with Judith Katz, Vanda, Jeff Mann and Matthew Griffin. I was honored to be in the company of all these good writers of LGBTQ themes. Judith and I both happened to wear turquoise that day.
Of course,I also indulged in meeting new friends and old, and that was the best seasoning of this amazing literary event. Saints and Sinners, hope to see you in 2019!!
Shout out to the People Called Women Bookstore in Toledo, OH
…and owner Gina!
It’s Ohio’s Only Feminist Bookstore!!!
They have a mystery book club, too.