ThrillerFest was wonderful — the panel on creating suspense on every page was lively, and the audience (which packed the room) seemed to react enthusiastically. As always, it was great to see writers I like and admire (Joan Johnston, Lee Child, Jeff Deaver, Jeff Abbott, Lisa Gardner, Marcus Sakey, Brad Taylor…), to make new friends (hello, Sandra Brannan) and hang out with the readers and book bloggers who make crime/thriller fiction a great community. (Dru Ann Love sighting!)
It was wonderful to try out new restaurants with the Husband and the son, and to walk the streets of Manhattan beneath the light of the Chrysler building.
It was also kind of crazy to leave the hotel at 5 a.m., fly 1,500 miles, and drive like a maniac up I-44. But arriving in time to spend five minutes with my sister and her family before they drove like maniacs to the airport and caught their flight home — that was totally worth it.
Now I am in Oklahoma City. And tomorrow night — that’s Monday, July 16th — I’ll be talking and signing at Barnes & Noble on May Avenue. 7 p.m. Come on by. I’d love to see you.