Category Archives: Books

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.

How a photo inspired Into the Black Nowhere

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In September 2016, as I was just beginning to flesh out ideas for the sequel to UNSUB, I attended Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. I wrote a post about the photo above, which was taken during the weekend:

Where I get my ideas Part 6 Million: photos

My publisher threw a shindig at Bouchercon in New Orleans. When guests walked in, a Polaroid-style camera was available for everybody to use. This is roughly what happened when I found it.

Me: I love Polaroids! Okay, these are actually mini Fujifilm pics, but I love them!

The Husband: Sure. Whatever makes you happy. I’m just arm candy.

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[photo develops]

Me: Wow. Uh. It looks like something you’d find in a serial killer’s garage.

Journalist friend: And everyone asks, “Who are these people?”

And so my next novel is born. To all involved: Thanks.

(And yes, in the novel, when the cache of photos is found in the garage, the people in them won’t be wearing name tags. But I have to start somewhere.)
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Guess what? I took that joke, and the shiver that underlay it, and used the idea in the novel that became Into the Black Nowhere.

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The lesson: Everything is material. And if an idea worms its way under your skin, pay attention. You never know how, when, or where you might use it.

Back on the road for Into the Black Nowhere

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I’m hitting the road — or the skies — for Phoenix, heading to The Poisoned Pen for a talk and signing with Lisa Gardner. Yes, it’s going to be Gardiner Night at the bookstore. Also Gardner Night. Lisa and I will be discussing our new novels. Into the Black Nowhere, of course, and her terrific new thriller, Look for Me. It should be fun. Especially because people tend to get us confused. And after we swap clothes and IDs, like the twins in The Parent Trap, God knows what might happen. Hijinks. Thrills. Book sales.

Tuesday, February 6th, 7 p.m.
The Poisoned Pen

4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 947-2974

The book tour so far has taken me around Texas and to Florida, where I snapped the photo above. Thanks to all the booksellers — at Book People in Austin, Interabang Books in Dallas, Murder by the Book in Houston, and Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach. Special thanks to every reader who turned up to buy books and talk with me. You’re the reason I do this.

If anybody’s still on the fence about picking up a copy of my new novel, here are further inducements:

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The New York Post named it one of the week’s Must-Read Books.

Bookreporter.com calls it “A blistering read… Into the Black Nowhere is relentless thriller writing at its finest.”

All of which make me extremely happy. Now I’m off. If you’re in Arizona, and have a chance to come by the Poisoned Pen, I’d love to see you.