Today Kendra James and I are attending the Mystery Writers Convention in rainy Cleveland, Ohio.
So far, we’ve met and mingled with Robin Cook, Linwood Barclay, Jordan Danes, and Michael Connelly. In a few hours, I’ll meet Lee Child and ask him to sign my copy of A WANTED MAN. Squeeeeee.
Tomorrow Elizabeth George and Mary Higgins Clark are on the schedule.
Writing conferences provide inspiration, motivation, and information. I’ve already learned loads about creating important settings, conducting accurate research, and incorporating suspense and thrills into any genre of fiction. I plan to attend presentations on craft and marketing, too–all skills writers must hone to turn their books into best sellers.
If you ever get a chance to attend writing conferences, big or small, local or international, do it. Networking, learning, and exploring are their own rewards, and you never know who might ride the elevator with you. (Heather Graham!)
I’m thinking about all of my Soul Mate sisters and wishing you were here.