It’s a Mystery

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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?

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About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

6 responses »

  1. That’s a tough question to answer. Do you mean any author living or dead? As much as I love you, Candy, I’d have to go with Mark Twain. Without him, there might not have been the kind of humor we see in novels today.

  2. Well, since I already know you… :-)

    I would love to meet Dan Brown. I would like to know how someone’s brain can imagine mysteries with so much intrigue and are so complex and detailed that you are hanging on to the very end!

    I’m not talking about “The Da Vinci Code” either. He wrote three books before it – one about NASA and the CIA, another about the NSA, and the third almost a prequel to Da Vinci Code – Demons and Angels – took place in Russia and the Vatican. In the first two featured strong heroines. The last two did as well, but the “hero” was the main character.

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