Since everyone is doing it (and iconoclast is boring after 27), here are all the places you can find me at Bouchercon. Stop on by! (Stalker. Fan. I don’t give a shit.)
- Thursday. There’s a meet and greet with my new publisher, Down & Out, at some bar. I could look up where that bar is exactly. But I’m not sure it’s open to the public or if I am supposed to be inviting people. But that’s where I’ll be at around 6 or something. (Pretty sure it’s near the convention. I hope so. My back and hip have been acting up and I need to save what little energy I have for my little old man swing on the golf course, not walking.)
- Friday. I’m taping a segment for the TV show Daytime in Tampa (to air the following Tuesday). This has less to do with where to find me and is more a chance to #humblebrag Im’ma be on TV, Ma!
- Saturday. Panels. Like all morning/day
1. (The coveted time slot of) 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. I’ll be moderating Drawing Inspiration from Our Kids, with the lovely Tom Pitts, Shannon Kirk, LynDee Walker, Mason Cross, and Emily Carpenter (Majestic Room)
2. 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (M) Women Who Trill. With Lara Dearman, Meg Gardiner, Chris Goff, Shannon Kirk, and Lori Roy. (This is especially exciting for me, since 95% of the books I read these days are by women thriller writers, many of whom are on this panel) (Majestic)
3. 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Panelist) Meet Oceanvier–2018 Thriller Legend Aware from ITW. This is where I get to hang with all my fellow Oceanview authors Matt Coyle, R.G., Belsky, Andrea Carter, Helaine Mario, plus our wonderful publisher Patricia Gussin (Royal 3AB)
- Saturday Night: The Anthony Awards! I am up for a couple awards (Bill Crider Continuing Series for Give Up the Dead; the Anthology Just to Watch Him Die). I am thrilled to be nominated alongside such literary luminaries as Sue Grafton, Micheal Connelly, Alex Segura, to name a few. And JTWHD only succeeds because of all the amazing contributors. (Plus every other anthology up for the award is equally chockfull off ridiculous talent.)
Then I leave Sunday.
But in-between, if you can’t make the panels, if you really want to find me, I will be one of three places. 1.) The bar. This is why people go to Bouchercon. To drink and stare at their shoes, mumbling only slightly less awkwardly 2.) The golf course. The convention is at a golf resort. So providing my back holds up (and lately it ain’t been looking good) I figure Danny Gardner and I are good for at least a few rounds, and 3.) My room. Which is where, honestly, I’ll spend most of my time. Being around people, even folks I love dearly, is draining/exhausting for an introverted weirdo such as I. (I’m also a firm believer in going to bed early. Because in the words of my (dead) friend Troy’s father: anyone up after midnight is up to no good!)
Hope to see you in St. Pete!