Stupid Tagalong Mar07

Stupid Tagalong

Not to brag, but my parents realized that they had achieved perfection when I was born. That’s why I’m an only child. Really. I mean, why would you want any more children when your first born child is a perfect red head like me? Any brothers or sisters that came after me would constantly be held to the high standard that I had set. That just wouldn’t be fair to them. 10 years ago I was saddled with the younger brother I never wanted. He showed up while the 2004 Red Sox were trying to break the Curse of the Bambino and win their first World Series Championship in 86 years. This guy would cause my fingers to go numb and make my vision blur. I...

Lakefly Writers Conference Feb25

Lakefly Writers Conference

Aspiring authors in Wisconsin may want to check this out: Everyone has a story to tell. Let us help you tell it. That’s the motto of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club, who sponsor the Lakefly Writers Conference in Oshkosh. Coinciding with the lakefly hatch on Lake Winnebago, the event is being held on Saturday, May 9th, 8:30am-4pm at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Presenters include New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry, fantasy writer Scott Lynch, horror maven Richard Thomas, poet laureate Kimberly Blaeser, comedian Carl Strong, a police detective who analyzes crime scenes, and many other writing experts in fields ranging from...

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel Feb23

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel

Long Beach Comic Expo is hosting a crime/ mystery novel panel. The panel will be held on Sunday, March 1st at NOON. 12:00-1:00 Blood on the Keyboard: A Crime Fiction Panel Mary McCoy, Tod Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Richard Lange Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels. Mary McCoy: My novel comes out two days after LBCE, so not only is this my first comic convention as a panelist, it’s my first book event period. It’s...

Why Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Writer’s Conference Feb04

Why Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Writer’s C...

Why Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Writer’s Conference By Rebecca Swope Sleuthfest, presented by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, has become the penultimate working writers conference, providing workshops, panels,  along with pitches to agents and editors from some of the top publishing houses in the country. This year, it takes place in Deerfield Beach, Florida, from February 26 through March 1st, 2015, at the Hilton Doubletree Inn. So, you ask, what is Sleuthfest and why should I think about attending?  Twenty-one years ago, a group of Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter members sat down in a meeting and...

Tim Dorsey: Dates for SHARK SKIN SUITE tour Jan24

Tim Dorsey: Dates for SHARK SKIN SUITE tour

With his latest, SHARK SKIN SUITE, hitting stores next Tuesday, Tim Dorsey will be bringing his special brand of madness to a bookstore near you. Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State’s favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he’s going to make a killing as a crusading attorney—and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen—in this madcap escapade from the insanely funny New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey. When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his...

NOIR AT THE BAR: ST. PAUL Jan23

NOIR AT THE BAR: ST. PAUL

Thursday, January 22nd saw the Twin Cities area host their fourth Noir at the Bar event. For those not familiar, Noir at the Bar is an event that allows area crime/mystery authors to read their works in pub settings. There are now Noir at the Bar events happening fairly regularly on both coasts, as well as the St. Louis are. All it takes is a group of writers willing to shake off a fear of public speaking, and a local bar willing to share their space. The result? Well, that’s where the magic is. This year’s readers were: Kristi Belcamino from Minneapolis Kent Gowran from Chicago Dan O’Shea from Chicago Jeff Shelby from Minneapolis Frank...