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July 2007

Five conferences, conventions and book fests in five months. Whew! It's been a whirlwind of activity: Left Coast Crime, Seattle; High Desert Crimes, Arizona; Public Safety Writers, Vegas; Malice Domestic, Virginia; and last (but not at all least) Murder in the Grove, Boise.

     Cochise County, the area J.A. Jance writes about, was mesmerizing. Kathleen Strasser and I stayed with a terrific couple in Sierra Vista. We “weathered” a thunderstorm  to get there and came home with bad head colds. Still, we're hoping to be invited back.

     What happens in Vegas is—spectacular! I'm a new member of the Public Safety Writers, an organization for people who write about police work, thanks to the invite by author Marilyn Meredith. I won the Best Novel award and picked up 1st and 2nd for unpublished short stories. I also got a chance for a first run of my Guerrilla Writing Workshop. 

The Public Safety Writers in Vegas.

The Public Safety Writers in Vegas

The Las Vegas Coroner--spiffy!

The Las Vegas Coroner--spiffy!

PSWA Award Winners, Liz
Martinez
, Leonard Schonberg and myself

 

PSWA Award Winners

With Denny Griffin and Marilyn Meredith before our panel--very serious!

With Denny Griffin and Marilyn Meredith before our panel--very serious!

With new best friends Johnny Saunders and Michelle Perin (AKA Flamingo) in Las Vegas.

 

With new best friends Johnny Saunders and Michelle Perin (AKA Flamingo) in Las Vegas

     Malice Domestic is the big one for a first-time novelist. I felt like a debutante as I was introduced to attendees. There was also a table-hopping event where authors performed like speed-daters, with just seconds to talk about their book. I teamed up with Troy Cook (47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers) and we bounced off each other's pitches to perfection. At least we were entertaining!

     I met Laine Estep of North Carolina, who I only knew online. It was her first conference, but she handled it like a pro. I also met Austin Camacho, after many emails and a review of his book. I thanked Carolyn Hart, who blurbed my book, and once again met Margaret Maron. My sister Cathy attended Malice with me and after the action-packed weekend of panels and parties, we enjoyed crab cakes in Baltimore and visited Jamestown before heading back to California.

The Grand Dames of the Mystery World, Malice Domestic, 2007

The Grand Dames of the Mystery World, Malice Domestic, 2007


Me signing for a fan at Malice Domestic. 

me signing for a fan at Malice Domestic.

Austin Camacho at Malice Domestic

Austin Camacho at Malice Domestic.

Saucy Alexandra Sokoloff at Malice Domestic.

Saucy Alexandra Sokoloff at Malice Domestic

    I was so exhausted, I didn't know how I could climb back on a plane to attend the Boise conference.

    The draw of meeting Robert Crais in a small venue and reconnecting with Joanne Pence was incentive. Turned out to be the best conference out of all of them. Boise is a beautiful city, and it was one big party on “First Thursday” with bands and crazy happenings at every street corner. I finally got some quality time with Hailey Lind, Susan Smily, and Honora Finkelstein; enjoyed Beth Groundwater as a roommate and panelist; got newbie Salvatore Falco over his case of nerves before he met Robert Crais; and T.L. Cooper, who kept on top of everyone's needs. I taught my Guerrilla Writing Workshop in Army fatigues and it was a hit. Oh yeah, Robert Crais was no small potatoes either (that's an Idaho joke).

Joanne Pence and I at Murder in the Grove, Boise.

Joanne Pence and I at Murder in the Grove, Boise.

With Hailey Lind (Feint of Art) at Murder in the Grove

With Hailey Lind (Feint of Art) at Murder in the Grove.

With new friends, Beth Groundwater, Susan Smily and Honora Finkelstein at Murder in the Grove.

With new friends, Beth Groundwater, Susan Smiley and Honora Finkelstein at Murder in the Grove

With T.L. Cooper, one of the organizers for the terrific Murder in the Grove conference.

With T.L. Cooper, one of the organizers for the terrific Murder in the Grove conference. 

With Robert Crais (sigh!) at Murder in the Grove

With Robert Crais (sigh!) at Murder in the Grove.


Teaching my Guerrilla Writing workshop at Murder in the Grove. Photo by Loay Abu-Husein. 

Teaching my Guerrilla Writing workshop at Muder in the Grove. Photo by Loay Abu-Husein.

Authors at Murder in the Grove. Photo by Loay Abu-Husein

Authors at Murder in the Grove.
Photo by Loay Abu-Husein.

Short story panel at Murder in the Grove.

Short story panel at Murder in the Grove

Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smiley promoting "The Chef Who Die Sauteing." Photo by Salvatore Falco.

Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smily promoting "The Chef Who Died Sauteing."
Photo by Salvatore Falco.

The charismatic Robert Crais.
Photo by Salvatore Falco. 

The charismatic Robert Crais (photo by Salvatore Falco)

T.L. Cooper, Robert Crais, Rhys Bowen and Joanne Pence at B&N, Boise (photo by Salvatore Falco).

T.L. Cooper, Robert Crais, Rhys Bowen and Joanne Pence at B&N, Boise.
Photo by Salvatore Falco.

    Now I'm home in Lemoore, revising the second book and, by popular demand, pulling together a  workbook for my writing workshop. I have no place to be until Left Coast Crime, Denver, next March. 

"If I sleep on her luggage, she won't leave again!" Squirrel.

"If I sleep on her luggage, she won't leave again!" Squirrel

   

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