I’ve written an essay for Signature — Penguin Random House’s online magazine — about the Golden State Killer, and what it was like to find out he stalked my hometown and my childhood neighborhood.
I am relieved and grateful that a suspect has finally been arrested for these heinous crimes.
Growing Up in Santa Barbara While the Golden State Killer Was at Large.
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
Murder by the Book
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.
July 10-14, 2018
Grand Hyatt, New York City
I’ll be teaching at Master Craftfest and Craftfest, and speaking at Thrillerfest.
September 6-9, 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida
I hope I’ll have a chance to see some of you along the way!
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
San Antonio Central Library
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.
My Reddit AMA is now live!
Click the link below and head to Reddit.com/r/books. If you have a Reddit account you can take part in the Q&A. (If you want a Reddit account, you can sign up in about a minute.) And everybody can follow along with the conversation.
Meg Gardiner — Ask Me Anything.
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”
- 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)
- 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”
- 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:
- “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”
- 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”
- John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
- Patsy Cline, “Crazy”
- Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”
- Trisha Yearwood, “How Do I Live”
- 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”
- The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love!”
- Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Chile”
- Puccini, Tosca: “Vissi d’arte”
- 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.)
On Friday, March 16th, I’m going to be doing a Reddit AMA — Ask Me Anything. There will be a link where people can ask me written questions and I’ll reply. About my books, writing, Jeopardy! the impending squirrel apocalypse — anything.
AMA: Meg Gardiner
Friday, March 16th, 2018
12 Noon Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific
More details to follow on the 16th!
As part of the launch of Into the Black Nowhere, I did a bunch of talking. To readers, radio hosts, and magazines. Here’s a roundup. Just in case you want to know more about the novel, or my writing process, or which tunes I listen to when I write. Bonus: click through to enough articles, and you’ll see what I look like when I go axe throwing.
Meg Gardiner’s Dark Past — Texas Monthly
How Author Meg Gardiner Gets Into the Mind of a Killer — Austin Monthly
The Quintessential Interview: Meg Gardiner — Seattle Review of Books
Tracking the Darkness — The Big Thrill
The Kindle Chronicles Podcast