Debut authors J.D. Allen, Danny Gardner, Steve Goble, Alexia Gordon, and Kristen Lepionka spoke about their books and publishing process, moderated by Heather Ash. I’ll review Goble’s pirate noir “Spider John” mystery in a future WWK blog. Lepionka is the Columbus-based author of the private investigator Roxane Weary books, which I’m anxious to read.
Series authors Raymond Benson, Jess Lourey, Nick Petrie, Patricia Skalka, Carrie Smith, and Susanna Calkins spoke about character and plot arcs in a series. How do their characters age? And what if a publisher drops the series? Lourey characterized writing a series as “clearing out the rusty pipes in an old house.” With each book in her series, she reveals more about her characters and their backstory.