Mike Befeler hosted the New Writers' Breakfast, introducing sixteen authors who have debut crime novels. Congratulations to Avery Aames (The Long Quiche Goodbye), Wayne Arthurson (Fall From Grace), Joel Fox (Lincoln's Hand), Susan Goldstein (Hollywood Forever), Patricia Gulley (Downsized to Death), Reece Hirsch (The Insiders), Darynda Jones (First Grave on the Right), Andrew E. Kaufman (While the Savage Sleeps), Rob Kresge (Murder for Greenhorns), Jeanne Matthews (Bones of Contention), Patricia Morin (Mystery Montage), Colin T. Nelson (Reprisal), Kath Russell (A Pointed Death), Cindy Sample (Dying for a Date), Susan Shea (Murder in the Abstract), and Valerie Stocking (A Touch of Murder). A few photos follow.
|Authors Kaye George and Avery Aames|
Then, I headed off to the panel, Crafts, Hobbies and Murders. Before the panel even started, I was able to get a couple pictures. Donna Andrews' picture didn't turn out good yesterday, but it turned out she was sick. So, it wasn't just lighting. She agreed to be in a second picture.
And, Ann Parker, author of the Silver Rush mysteries, was in the audience behind me.
Author Beth Groundwater was also in the audience to hear this panel.
|Me and Beth Groundwater|
I was lucky enough to get a picture of Camille Minichino, author of the Periodic Tables mysteries under that name, and the Miniature mysteries, written as Margaret Grace.
When the entire panel came together, it turned out they all wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.
|Camille Minichino, Maggie Sefton, Avery Aames & Christine Goff|
The next panel of the day was actually one of the liveliest. I didn't take pictures at the panel called Industry Professionals on Publishing, but the recap will make for interesting reading when it gets posted. Barbara Peters, founder of Poisoned Pen Bookstore, and co-founder and editor of Poisoned Pen Press was the moderator. Panelists were Kimberley Cameron, literary agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates; Keith Kahla, an Executive Editor at St. Martin's Press/Minotaur; Larry Light, Executive V-P of Mystery Writers of America; Janet Reid, literary agent; and Jodie Renner, a freelance editor. Needless to say, it was a full house to hear these authors.
I did get a picture of friends after this panel. Two members of Desert Sleuths, along with Avery Aames. Avery's The Long Quiche Goodbye has been nominated for an Agatha award.
|R.K. Olson, Avery Aames and Chantelle Aimee Osman|
|Deb Baker and Me|
|Zoe Sharp & David Morrell|
I have Vicki Delany to thank for finally getting me together with Janet Rudolph. Janet is the editor of Mystery Readers Journal. And, then there's her blog, Dying for Chocolate. Janet's fabulous.
|Neil Plakcy and Darryl Wimberley|
|Gar Anthony Haywood|
|Steven Havill, interviewed by Steve Brewer|
|Some of the Award Nominees - Kris Neri, Kelli Stanley, Deborah J. Ledford and Rebecca Cantrell|
|R.K. Olson, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Martin Cruz Smith, and Zoe Sharp|
|Rebecca Cantrell and Gabriella Herkert|