I've just returned from Left Coast Crime in Sacramento, and what a fun weekend. I met so many friendly people, both writers and readers, and attended some fascinating panels. The panels ranged from talks about historical novels to lessons on e-publishing to a game show for the panelists who had to answer questions about their own books. One of the best aspects of the weekend was that between the New Author's Breakfast and the slew of panels, I found out about a lot of new writers I wasn't familiar with.
During the New Author's Breakfast, I sat at Heather Haven's table. She's a very funny lady with a fascinating background. She's written ad copy for the radio and one act plays, as well as ghost written a book. Plus, both her parents were in the circus. How many people can say that? She's currently writing the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series, starting with Murder is a Family Business. At the same table during that breakfast, I also met J.A. Kazimer (a fellow Kensington author - woohoo!), who's written quite a few books, the most recent being Curses! She has a master's degree in forensic psychology and once worked as a private investigator. She must have a wealth of information for those mystery books, from digging into the mind of the killer to knowing the ins and outs of how to become a PI. The next morning, I had breakfast at a table with Annette Mahon, another fantastically nice woman, who has a quilting mystery series. These are three people that I hadn't heard of before, but now, I can't wait to check out their books.
In fact, the hardest thing about this weekend was how to lug all those books out to the car. Between the free books they included in my registration bag, the books I purchased at the on-site bookstore, and the free James Rollins book they handed out at breakfast, I could barely drag my tote bag out the door of the hotel. I should have packed a second rolling suitcase just for the books (now I know for next time!). Now my biggest problem is which book to read first!