Two weeks ago, I blogged about my memories of previous Bouchercons. Since then, I’ve returned home from Bouchercon 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I spent almost a week playing dual roles of professional author and reader fangirl.
Let’s face it, writers are readers too. I still stand in awe and feel like I should salute when Lee Child enters the room.
The convention was also an opportunity to spend some time with dear friends I only see once or twice a year. My first night there included a fun dinner out with Dru Ann Love, Paula Matter and her husband Dave (AKA The Saint), and my travel buddy, Liz Milliron, at a quaint and quirky seafood restaurant.
|Dru Ann Love, Annette, and Liz Milliron|
The food was fabulous, but the company was even better.
And the hotel? If you ever get a chance to stay at the Vinoy, grab it. The place is ultra luxurious. I thought I’d hit it big with hotel room karma again, but from what I’ve heard, all the rooms were huge.
|The room I shared with Liz|
After a leisurely morning on Wednesday, I participated in a marketing workshop put on by Sisters in Crime and Dana Kaye. I took pages of notes and still need to digest all the fabulous information presented.
Bouchercon officially opened Thursday morning and my panel (Doctor Doctor! The Medical Panel) kicked things off. I had to control my inner fangirl in order to act like a professional with Lisa Black seated at the same table. Thankfully, I don’t think I embarrassed myself.
One good thing about getting my panel over first thing—I got to relax and enjoy the rest of the convention.
|With one of my wonderful fans, Marla Bradeen|
|Liz Milliron and Paula Matter nervously waiting their turn at|
the New Author Breakfast
|With Jack the Ripper AKA Daniel Dark AKA Daniel Hooberry|
|With the beautiful and amazing Lesa Holstine|
|Always fun to run into fellow Pennsylvania girl,|
good friend, and awesome author Lisa Scottoline
|With Reavis Wortham and Liz|
I did have one last item of business to tackle Saturday morning when Liz and I teamed up for Author Speed Dating, a fun little bit of madness in which authors pair up and have two minutes each to talk about their books to a table of readers. Then when the horn blows, the authors move to the next table and repeat the process. I confess I went to the wrong table at one point. My apologies to the other pair of authors whose pitch I messed up in the process.
|Author Speed Dating with Liz Milliron|
With that done—and with only a little bit of laryngitis from all the talking—I was free to slide back into reader fangirl mode.
The highlight of my weekend happened outside, on the Vinoy’s veranda where I spent almost an hour chatting with one of my absolute favorite authors, Julia Spencer-Fleming. (Yes, there is another Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alystyne novel in the works!)
|Fangirl moment with Julia Spencer-Fleming|
And tourist mode.
|The marina across the road from the Vinoy|
|Keeping company with a heron|
|The view from the veranda|
My deepest thanks to Erin Mitchell for organizing this year’s Bouchercon AND my most joyful congratulations to all the award winners.
Next year: Dallas!
I know we had a few other Writers Who Kill in attendance. Debra? Nancy? Tina? Shari? Care to share your favorite moment?