I will say this: Bouchercon, for me, was all about the social aspect. I very nearly didn't go (because of a strained SI joint which resulted in the worst back pain I've ever had), but I wanted to hang out with my writer friends. And squeal over the authors I've long admired. And okay, maybe drink a little (but just a little). Don't get me wrong, the panels were great, but really, it was about the friendships.
Here's a roundup of my time in Cleveland, Ohio, in pictures!
|At the bar the first night with good friend and debut author Nancy Thompson. Her book, THE MISTAKEN, comes out on October 18th! Can you tell my back was killing me?|
|With Nancy at our first panel of the conference.|
|Finally got to meet my writing friend, Alice Loweecey! Alice and I were in a writing group years ago, long before either of us got published. She now writes a mystery series about an ex-nun turned private investigator (and her books are awesome).|
|With author and friend Sandra Brannan, author of the LIV BERGEN MYSTERY series. I was lucky to see Sandra twice this year, first at ThrillerFest and again at Bouchercon.|
|With Nancy and Sandra, after Sandra's panel "Have Gun Will Travel" (which was about novels set in the wild west – so much fun!)|
|With new buddy Jeff Miller. We have the same agent, and his book, THE BUBBLEGUM THIEF, will be out this December.|
|Together at last! Best friends Nancy and Lisa Regan (whose book, FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER, comes out this December) finally met for the very first time! I snapped this pic right when Lisa got off the train.|
|Bouchercon provided us with trolleys to get to and from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.|
|Arriving at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Bouchercon opening ceremonies and party.|
|The Three Musketeers waiting for the doors to open.|
|Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – over 1,000 people attended the opening party!|
|At my favorite panel, "Mysteries & Movies", where Charlaine Harris, Robin Cook, Chelsea Cain, and Joseph Finder discussed their experiences with Hollywood.|
|With my buddy Dan Friedman, author of DON'T EVER GET OLD. Dan and I met a couple of years ago. We also have the same agent.|
|Finally got to meet fellow Canadian author, Robin Spano! She writes the CLARE VENGEL UNDERCOVER novels.|
|Lousy picture of me, but who cares! I'm with John Connolly and Karin Slaughter. You have my permission to be jealous.|
|Always so great to see amazing author and friend Hilary Davidson, whose latest book, EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES, comes out this March.|
|Dinner with good friends and new friends at Flannery's Pub.|
|Hanging with author Mark Pryor. His debut novel, THE BOOKSELLER, is out now! I highly recommend it.|
|With Will Lavender, author of the puzzle thrillers OBEDIENCE and DOMINANCE. I'm a huge fan of his books!|
|With my awesome friend Lisa Brackmann. I can't wait to read the sequel to ROCK PAPER TIGER!|
|At my panel, "Serial Killers", with Rick Murcer, Jennifer McMahon, Chelsea Cain, and Patrick Kendrick. Do you see me sitting alongside these amazing writers, trying to act like I'm not freaking out?|
|With Chelsea Cain. CHELSEA CAIN! I had stars in my eyes! Of course when we met, I couldn't help but blurt, "I'm your biggest fan!" in a very Kathy Bates/Misery kind of way. Luckily she was cool with it.|
All in all, Bouchercon was such a great experience, and I would definitely go again next year. And if you write in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre, you should come, too! But for now, I have no more trips planned, and it's finally time to get back to the business of writing books. Which I'm itching to do.
And! I may have some good news to share in the next few days, so stay tuned . . .
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