CrimeBake 2009

I just got back from my first New England CrimeBake sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America and by the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime.  CrimeBake 2009 was held at the Dedham Hilton just outside Boston.  Sue Grafton creator of the alphabetized Kinsey Millhone series (A is for Alibi and so on practically ad infinitum) did a fabulous job as the keynote speaker. She was funny, informative and completely approachable.  Her latest U is for Undertow comes out December 1st.  Wonder what she’ll do after Z is for…?  She didn’t let us know.

I appeared on a debut panel to discuss both the process of writing my first thriller and, of more interest to the 60 or so wannabe writers in attendance, how I found an agent and got my book published by a major house.

I also had a chance to meet and chat with a bunch of New York Times bestselling thriller writers including Joseph Finder (Vanished), Michael Palmer (The Second Opinion) and Lisa Gardner (The Neighbor).

All in all a terrific weekend.  Will definitely attend again next year.

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