Earlier this week, I posted this photo on Twitter, with the caption: “Today’s writing tools.”
Novelist and screenwriter Howard Michael Gould responded with a question. Are pen and paper “outside your usual MO?”
Here’s how I answered him, for anybody out there who’s interested in my writing process.
Maybe it’s quirky, but it works for me.
What a fantastic night in New York City. Mystery Writers of America celebrated the 73rd Edgar Awards with a gala at the Grand Hyatt. And, as 2019 MWA President, I was privileged to emcee the ceremony.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and especially to this year’s winners. The entire list is here.
It was great to see so many friends and writers I idolize, including MWA’s outgoing president, Jeffery Deaver, who presented the Raven Award to the New York Times crime fiction critic, Marilyn Stasio (and introduced me with a Jeopardy!-style quiz, in the form of questions).
Now to put my feet up. And read a whole bunch of amazing books.
This is a big week for the mystery writing world, and for me in particular. As this year’s president of Mystery Writers of America, I’ll be emceeing the Edgar Awards in New York City. Ahead of that, I’ll be moderating a panel at the annual Edgar Symposium.
EDGAR WEEK SYMPOSIUM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Grand Hyatt Hotel – Mezzanine Level – Regency Room
East 42nd Street @ Grand Central Station
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Legalize It: Lawyers & Legal Professionals as Protagonists
How do writers capture the complexity of law—and the gray areas of morality—in fact and fiction?
Moderator: Meg Gardiner (2019 MWA National President)
Mike Lawson (2019 Best Novel Nominee – House Witness)
Sujata Massey (2019 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee – The Widows of Malabar Hill)
Michaeley O’Brien (2019 Best TV Episode – “Episode 1,” Mystery Road, Acorn TV)
Jonathan Green (2019 Best Fact Crime – Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal)
Edgar Allan Poe Awards
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York, New York
It should be exciting. Wish me luck!
I had a great time on Saturday interviewing Harlan Coben at Murder by the Book in Houston. Despite Harlan having one flight canceled and a second delayed by severe weather across the region, readers waited, packing the bookstore, until he arrived. Harlan didn’t even have time to catch his breath before we launched into a discussion of his new novel, Run Away. But he’s a pro, and a champ, and a great person, and the evening was fantastic.
My kind of Saturday night.
This Saturday, April 6th, I have the privilege of interviewing Harlan Coben about his new novel, Run Away. If you’re in the Houston area, come out to Murder by the Book and join us.
Harlan Coben in conversation with Meg Gardiner
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
I hope to see you there!
I had an excellent time this weekend at Left Coast Crime 2019 in Vancouver. It’s always fun to catch up with readers and fellow writers, to attend panels and hear what people have to say, and generally to engage in writerly shenanigans. With sunny skies and snowcapped mountains, British Columbia was a perfect place to do it.
This week I’m heading North-Northwest to Vancouver, British Columbia, for Left Coast Crime 2019. This is a terrific conference, and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody who’s attending. I have a couple of official and semi-official events on the schedule:
Mystery Writers of America reception
Thursday, March 28
Following opening ceremonies — 7:15pm-ish.
Panel: Writing Villains
Friday, March 29
It should be fun. I hope I’ll see some of you there!