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ThrillerFest 2018

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Hello from New York City, where I’m enjoying ThrillerFest. Getting to spend the weekend talking about books and writing, with readers and writers who love thrillers as passionately as I do? It doesn’t get much better.

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Saturday afternoon I’m on a couple of panels. At 1 p.m. I’ll be a panelist for “Deceived, Tricked or Surprised? Writing a Killer Plot Twist.” And at 4:20 p.m. I’m the Panel Master for “Los Angeles, London or Tokyo? Writing in Urban Settings.” I’ll be asking questions of a fantastic group of writers. I’d love to see some of you there.

And yes, this year’s ThrillerFest Guest of Honor is George R.R. Martin. No, I won’t ask him when The Winds of Winter will be finished. I won’t need to. Somebody will. If he gives us an answer, I’ll let you know.

Photo: The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It’s part of any booklover’s New York pilgrimage.

UNSUB: Spanish edition coming

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Here’s some news, and a cover reveal. The Spanish edition of UNSUB will be published in June.

I’m excited. And I love the cover, which is evocative and chilling. The title translates as Messages from Hell. 

May 21: Ask Me Anything at AMAfeed

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Monday, May 21, I’ll be hosting an AMA event on AMAfeed.com. That means you can head over and ask me anything. You can even ask your question right now. When the event goes live, I’ll reply.

Meg Gardiner — Ask Me Anything
May 21, 2018
2 P.M. Eastern

Check it out!

Upcoming Events

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In the next few months I have a number of events — a mix of talks, book signings, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Check ’em out.

David Ricciardi in conversation with Meg Gardiner
April 20, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas

Books on the Lake
In support of the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation
May 5, 2018
Noon – 3 PM
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Texas Writes at the Bonham, Texas, Public Library
May 19, 2018
10 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Writing seminar and panel discussion with Meg Gardiner and David Eric Tomlinson. Free and open to the public.

Thrillerfest
July 10-14, 2018
Grand Hyatt, New York City
I’ll be teaching at Master Craftfest and Craftfest, and speaking at Thrillerfest.

Bouchercon
September 6-9, 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida

I hope I’ll have a chance to see some of you along the way!

Coming up: San Antonio Book Festival

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This Saturday, April 7th, I’ll be speaking at the San Antonio Book Festival. Details:

San Antonio Book Festival
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Serial Killers: Facts & Fiction with Meg Gardiner and Kate Winkler Dawson
12:00-1:00 PM
Swartz Room
San Antonio Central Library
600 Soledad
San Antonio, Texas

The festival runs all day, and is packed with great speakers. Sandra Cisneros, Jorge Ramos, Holly Black, Paula Poundstone… check out the entire program.

If you’re around, I’d love to see you.

The playlist of music in my novels, 2018

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A couple of years back a reader asked for a playlist of music mentioned in my novels. It’s time for an update. Here’s the 2018 playlist.

Into the Black Nowhere

  • Chris Stapleton, “Midnight Train to Memphis”
  • Beyoncé, “Freedom”
  • Gary Clark Junior, “Numb”
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Pride and Joy”

UNSUB

  • Gary Clark Junior, “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Little Sister”
  • Jerry Jeff Walker, “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother”
  • The Chieftains, “Mo Ghile Mear” (Our Hero) (with Sting & Anúna)

Phantom Instinct

  • Taking Back Sunday, “What’s It Feel Like To Be a Ghost?”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Give It Away”

The Shadow Tracer

  • Sarah McLachlan, “In the Arms of the Angel”
  • Foo Fighters, “Wheels”

Ransom River:

  • Radical Face, “Welcome Home”
  • Florence & the Machine, “Dog Days Are Over”
  • Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
  • Foo Fighters, “Long Road to Ruin”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama”

The Nightmare Thief:

  • Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly With Me”
  • Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”
  • Beyoncé, “Crazy in Love”

The Liar’s Lullaby:

  • “Bull’s-eye”
  • “After Me”
  • “The Liar’s Lullaby” (these three by Meg Gardiner/Paul Shreve, performed by Definitely Arson)
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • Shakuhachi — The Japanese Flute
  • Alabama 3, “Woke Up This Morning” (The theme song from The Sopranos)

The Memory Collector:

  • Slipknot, “Psychosocial”
  • Incubus, “Sick Sad Little World”
  • Foo Fighters, “The Pretender”
  • The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”

The Dirty Secrets Club:

  • The All-American Rejects, “Dirty Little Secret”
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor
  • Cheb Mami, “Mamazareh”
  • Los Lobos, “The Wreck of the Carlos Rey”
  • T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  • Gipsy Kings, “Chan Chan”

Kill Chain:

  • Ray Charles: “Sinner’s Prayer,” “You Win Again,” “Losing Hand,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “Hit the Road, Jack”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Can’t Stop”
  • Willie Nelson, “Georgia on My Mind”

Crosscut:

  • John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
  • Patsy Cline, “Crazy”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”
  • Trisha Yearwood, “How Do I Live”

Jericho Point:

  • Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”
  • Run DMC, “Walk This Way”
  • Beethoven, Ode to Joy
  • Aretha Franklin, “Chain of Fools”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising”
  • Dixie Chicks, “Long Time Gone”
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Jubilee”
  • Bruce Springsteen, “She’s the One”

Mission Canyon:

  • The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love!”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Chile”
  • Puccini, Tosca: “Vissi d’arte”

China Lake:

  • Eric Clapton, Crossroads
  • Steppenwolf, “Born to Be Wild”
  • Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower”

(Photo: Every Time I Die, performing at Webster Hall, New York City, July 14, 2017.)

Question Time 2018: Ask Me Anything

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I’m home from the book tour for Into the Black Nowhere. While I clear my desk and finish the laundry and start writing UNSUB 3, why don’t you think of some questions to ask me? Leave them in the comments on this post.

And I’m editing the post to add: No spoilers!

Before you ask: I snapped the photo above at Interabang Books in Dallas when I spoke there on the tour. It’s a new independent bookstore and yes, I am in love with the place.