Monthly Archives: September 2013

Bouchercon Bound

Very exciting!

ROGUE-mass-market-160x290Heading to Albany, N.Y. this week for the 2013 World Mystery Convention, also known as Bouchercon.

the-breach-175I’ve got a panel again this year. I’m also teaching a class on “Five Tips to Get from ‘The Concept’ to ‘The End.’”

Our panel is titled, “Code of Silence: In Fiction, You Can Spill the Secrets.” It will start at 9 a.m. Friday, at the convention in Albany, N.Y. http://bcon2013.com

George Easter is our moderator. Panelists are Matt Coyle, Patrick Lee, Mark Sullivan and Keith Thomson and myself.

The list of panels for the World Mystery Convention in Albany is on line Find it at http://bcon2013.com/schedule

I’m In a New York State of Crime

Very exciting!

Heading to Albany, N.Y. this week for the 2013 World Mystery Convention, also known as Bouchercon.

I’ve got a panel again this year. I’m also teaching a class on “Five Tips to Get from ‘The Concept’ to ‘The End.’”

oncecover Yesterday's Echo Front CoverOur panel is titled, “Code of Silence: In Fiction, You Can Spill the Secrets.” It will start at 9 a.m. Friday, at the convention in Albany, N.Y.

George Easter is our moderator. Panelists are Matt Coyle, Patrick Lee, Mark Sullivan and Keith Thomson and myself.

The list of panels for the World Mystery Convention in Albany is on line Find it at http://bcon2013.com/schedule

5 Simple Steps to get from ‘the concept’ to ‘The End!’

Going to Bouchercon in Albany, N.Y.? I’ll be teaching a free half-hour class on the 5 Simple Steps to get from “the concept” to “The End!”

Me reading from BREAKING POINT in Portland's Director Park.

Me reading from BREAKING POINT in Portland’s Director Park.

The class will be at noon Friday, Sept. 20, in Room 5 at the Empire State Plaza. I’ll be talking about very simple tips that can keep your writing fun and exciting, and help you get to those all-important words, “The End.”

Part of what I know I learned from having three mystery novels published Bantam and Severn House, and three thrillers published by St. Martin’s Press with a fourth coming this winter. I’ve had such excellent editors as Kate Miciak at Bantam and Keith Kahla at St. Martin’s.

But beyond that, I also have I have taught this class in Portland, Ore., and it’s been wildly popular.

Not just writers, but fellow readers have found this class interesting, too. Even if you don’t aspire to craft your own stories, you’ll appreciate some of the back-stage tips on how a story comes together.

The ideas are dead-simple. The basic idea is this: Writing ain’t rocket science. There are tips that can make it much, much easier.

Oh, you still have to have a kick-ass story, and you have to be driven, and you have to be your own toughest editor. But beyond all that, these tips will keep the writing process fun, and will keep your story moving forward.

The class at Bouchercon will be quick, easy to understand and – I promise you – useful stuff!

This is part of the Author’s Choice Panels at this year’s Bouchercon. Learn more at http://www.scribd.com/doc/160780097/Bouchercon-2013-Authors-Choice-Panels

Drop by. This one will be worth your while.

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