Indie bookstores are gems in the crowns of our literary community. This July, in the great American city of Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to read from my book, Catch Me When I’m Falling. I was invited by author/teacher, Paula Martinac, and we interspersed a bit of writer conversation with our readings. Great questions from an overflowing audience. Thank you, White Whale Bookstore.
….and a new baby is due in October 2019.
This is my favorite writing shirt. Book 5, here I come!!
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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….
Posing with my book which was housed at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library (07/11/17) Proud moment.