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.
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.)
Jazz on the street
Bonjour, y’all. Hello from New Orleans, where I’m enjoying Bouchercon: Blood on the Bayou. I have not had my fill of authors, great novels, pralines, or jambalaya. I never will.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going in search of all of those.
Today I’m heading to New Orleans for Bouchercon 2016: Blood on the Bayou.
Here’s my schedule:
NOIR AT THE BAR – Welcome to Bouchercon
WEDNESDAY, 4:30-6PM LaGalleries 6
WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES – Diversity, Disorder and Detection
THURSDAY, 9:00AM-9:50AM LaGalleries 6
DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATUR’LLY – Writing believable characters
SATURDAY, 1:30PM-2:20PM LaGalleries 1
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES — Author group signing
SATURDAY, 4PM Book Room
If you see me wandering the French Quarter with my face covered in powdered sugar, you’ll know I’ve raided Cafe DuMonde for their entire supply of beignets. Stop me and say hi.
Next week at Bouchercon New Orleans, I’m taking part in Noir at the Bar. A bunch of authors will read — for just one minute apiece, so you know we’re going to dive straight into the juiciest, hardest-hitting, noir-iest, crazy wild bits of our writing — and give away a copy of one of our books.
If you’re attending the convention, come on by. It should be a blast.
All the panels at this year’s Bouchercon are named after songs. The convention’s in New Orleans, after all. Here are panel posters, designed by the con’s programming chair, Jon Jordan of Crimespree magazine.
It’s going to be fun.
The entire panel song list is here.
I’m heading home from a great weekend of panels, laughter, author talk, fried chicken, and book lust. Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is wrapping up. It was — as usual — a whole lot of fun for people like me who love to immerse ourselves in the world of mystery and suspense fiction.
There are always a few surprises at a convention. Such as: I will again never poke fun at the concept of chicken and waffles. And: I’m bound to meet someone who went to the same high school as my mother. Big continent, small school; yet it’s inevitable.
And, at Bouchercon Raleigh, I got this surprise: a copy of Books to Die For, with the title page of my essay on A is for Alibi autographed by Sue Grafton. I got to put my signature next to that of one of my heroes. This is a highlight of my writing life.
I’m getting ready to attend Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. This year it’s in Raleigh, North Carolina. So, along with the authors, readers, books, panels, mayhem, murder, author cage fights, monkey races, sniper training, lions and tigers and bears, oh my, there will be Carolina barbecue.
My official schedule includes these panels, which should be a lot of fun.
Crime and Mystery meet Conspiracy, Science and Medicine
8th October 2015
Meg Gardiner [Moderator]
Keeping it Moving / Maintaining Pace in the Narrative
10th October 2015
Alexandra Sokoloff [Moderator]
Glen Erik Hamilton
Hope to see you there.