I spent the day at the Mystery writer’s of America Southwest conference. Met some fantastic people there. Great authors, and new writers. Really great folks those mystery writers. They had me moderate a panel with Pulpwood queen Kathy L. Patrick, who is a hoot. I love that woman and I was very envious of her tiara. You guys know how I feel about tiaras. Hallie Ephron was also there, and her books sound wicked good.
Even though I felt a bit out of sorts since I have mystery in my books, but I cross a lot of genres, they all made me feel welcome. I’m sure there were some purists there that wanted me dead, but they were all very sweet about it. :-) They called me a “special” guest. I’m not exactly sure what that meant, but it made me feel good.
I also sat on a panel with some of my favorite reads Julie Kenner, Harry Hunsucker and a new writer June Shaw. We talked about romance in mystery and mystery in romance. I also met some great booksellers David and McKenna from Murder By the Book. I’m so going to Houston to visit them. They were very supportive of all the authors.
The only problem was, I actually had to think. I know, scary. My brain began hurting about 10 minutes after arriving and by lunch I had a full blown migraine. Do you have any idea how hard it is to pretend to be smart when you have an axe in your skull? :-)
I zonkered, and so very grateful our evening plans were canceled. We were supposed to do some dinner thing but there was a mix up (Thank you universe) and someone had the wrong dates. Probably me. :-)
Any hoo… Today I want to know if you had the opportunity to meet any author in the world, who would it be?