Last week I had the privilege of being at Left Coast Crime, the crime writers’ conference; this year it was in beautiful Monterey, California (and will be in Portland in 2015). Guests of honor included Sue Grafton, Louise Penny, and my friend (and fellow Jim Frey student) Cara Black. I made several new friends also, including G. M. Malliet, Cathy Ace, and Portland’s own Lisa Alber, whose novel Kilmoon released last week.
Despite the dark material that they write, crime writers are wonderful people, and I was honored to be among them. I spoke on a panel about the tradtional mystery and received favorable responses from the crowd; available copies of The Edwin Drood Murders sold out quickly after my appearance.
My husband Evan and I will be doing a Wales walking tour in early May, along with our friend George (not that George), after which I hope to start working on a new book. For those asking about the publication date for The Our Mutual Friend Murders, I only ask you to be patient. I’m working on that as well.
For those of you who have author friends, your best gift to them is posting a thoughtful review on amazon.com and/or Goodreads.
And for those I haven’t met yet, perhaps we’ll come across one another in Crimelandia in March 2015 in Portland, where the guest of honor will be one of my favorite thriller writers, Nancy Drew expert and all-around twisted thinker, the fabulous Chelsea Cain.