Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bouchercon Roundup

Last Thursday through Sunday was the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and I was in attendance. Here's the view from my hotel room.
I was prepared to be a very, very small fish in a very large sea, but I wasn't prepared for how much I would still feel a part of the proceedings. Part of the reason is that mystery writers are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. (That's me with Julie Hyzy (Anthony winner!), Sheila Connolly, and Rochelle Staab.)
And part of the reason is that I was on my first Bouchercon panel, "It's a Job," about protagonists with unusual occupations. We had a full house, as you can see below!
So there I was, a published author at Bouchercon! That was a blast. And I even signed a few books for people.

But the best part was the conversations I had with other authors, writers, readers, and fans (sometimes those descriptors were all one person). We chatted over breakfast, between panels, during lunch, in the bar, over dinner, and in the bar again. All day talking about our backgrounds, interests, writing, challenges, and successes. It was fantastic.

We got to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for an opening/awards reception.

And we got to hear from luminaries such as Mary Higgins Clark (boy, is she a true storyteller!).

Plus we had a great Sisters in Crime breakfast, at which Hank Phillippi Ryan was invested as the new president (receiving the [stuffed, white] seal of office) and many of us sang the SinC song ... "Sisters in Crime, boys, Sisters in Crime/You show me your gun, I'll show you mine...." (Full text.)

In short, a great time was had by all, I think. I'm home and excited to feel like I know more of these people who are already my Facebook friends. I have a TBR pile that threatens to be taller than I am. And I'm energized to get cracking on another book in my racing mystery series.

See you all at the next convention!


  1. Thanks for the report--great pictures! I had no idea Parnell had written an official song for Sisters, but it doesn't surprise me. Glad you got to go and had such a good time!

  2. Bouchercon sounds like a great time, Tammy. I'm glad to know it got your writing engines revving. Thanks for including pictures, too. Now I can't wait for 2013 when Bouchercon is in my neck of the woods - Albany, NY!


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