Just landed home from a glorious four-day crime-fiction immersion at
Bouchercon 2013. Dozens of Canadian crime writer friends turned out in Albany, N.Y.: Linda Cahill, Karen Blake-Hall, Dorothy McIntosh, Sean Chercover, Mel Bradshaw, Helen Nelson, Janet Costello, Cathy Astolfo, Catherine Dunphy and Louise Penny, to name just a few. Also had the pleasure of finally meeting West Coast Cannuck writers Cathy Ace and Robin Spano in person.
The two highlights of the weekend included appearing on the Easy Money: Making Finance Thrilling panel with Canadian crime writer Ian Hamilton, and two former Wall Street players who now write financial thrillers — Norb Vonnegut and Michael Sears. I like to think I held my own talking about my financial planner sleuth, Pat Tierney.
The other highlight was representing the Mesdames of Mayhem’s Thirteen on a Friday morning Author’s Choice panel with two other recently published Canadian anthologies, The Whole She-Bang and Nefarious North. I’m proud to have my short stories in all three of these anthologies.
It was a heady weekend, and I’m still walking on clouds!
(My Pat Tierney story “The Sweetheart Scamster” is one of the short stories in Thirteen. The anthology features stories by 13 Mesdames of Mayhem, a collective of Canadian published fiction writers, many of whom are literary award-winners. Thirteen is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.)