My first large conference since 2019 is in the books. The 23rd Bouchercon conference in San Diego was a blast. With over 1000 attendees, this meet up of mystery folk – – readers, writers, both, etc. – – was terrific.
Got to Introduce Lady Worthing, the time she lives, and the rewards and challenges of being an 1806 Amateur Sleuth in London, on ￼ my panels:
Historical heroines: solving crime in a different time, with Kelly, Stanley, Frances McNamara, Richard Kirstie, Susanna Caulkins, and I dug into the heart of capturing a female protagonist in a time where women’s options were limited and must use soft power to investigate.
The past is a foreign country: writing historical fiction outside the continental US, with Anjili, Babbar, Kelly Oliver, Nina Wachsman, Ovidia Yu, Scott Kikkawa, and I addressed the opportunity to address culture and politics in settings that might be unfamiliar to readers.
Meeting friends, new and old:
I cheered on Anthony Award Winners, Wanda M. Morris (@wandamowrites ) and Kellye Garrett (@kellyekell )who won for their books Like A Sister and Any Where You Run.
It was fun mingling with Mystery Thriller Royalty: Hanging with Mystery-Thiller Writer Royalty:
S.A. Cosby, Kate Carlisle, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and more!!!
Great to see Robin Bradford (living her best book life) and my Cally uncles!!!!
Getting to meet mystery readers was priceless! The Kensington signing was a fun mad house!!
Many thanks to Christopher Huang (he always knew what was going on) and CWOC for prepping me for the conference.
Lastly, I blinged out my badge with old RWA pins and new RFW (Regency Fiction Writers) pins and brought my fashion to the joint from colorful jumpsuits to blinged sneakers.
Looking forward to Bouchercon 24, next year!
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