mystery writers dish during breakfast
April 25, 2009 § 8 Comments
A friend mentioned a Mystery Writers Breakfast at one of the city libraries. It sounded like a great idea. I didn’t care about the breakfast part. I’ve attended saturday morning events where there is “breakfast.” The coffee is in cannisters or boxes. Styrofoam cups. Sweetner, no sugar. Oranges , bananas, and cold smooth bagels. This one had all of the above and pastries .
The room was full of writers, from wannabes to beginners to those with serious works-in-progress.
Four published and profiled writers Joanna Campbell Slan, Angie Fox, Julie Earheart and one other were present. Eileen Dryer wasn’t able to attend as planned. These writers were the event highlight; they “spoke” at each table and after 25 minutes, like those speed luncheon dates (not that I would know), moved to the next table. We all talked, asked questions, got answers and quite a variety of them, and got a glimpse of their lives as writers, something we always are willing to hear like Tweeners who follow the adventures of Edward and Bella. (BTW, the aforementioned Angie Fox writes vampire, demon slayer mysteries, with humor – I will review her in another blog.)
We wanted to know: Did they have agents? were they finishing a mystery series? why did they write under several different names? how was the genre changing? etc etc. Nope, it wasn’t trite. It was a lovely encounter (free, too) and again, it was that community of writers that generates energy so that you go home and … write.
A local independent bookstore sold their books at one table. I had to buy one. Then two. Then I had to get them autographed.
I have pictures only of Joanna; then my camera battery died. (These tech toys are so high maintenance. They should squawk when running out of power. They should get up and walk over to the outlet and plug themselves in until they are recharged. ) Here’s Joanna and her book.
I should review her book here for you: PAPER SCISSORS DEATH. Her character is Kiki Lowenstein, the scrapbooking queen of St. Louis. Her husband has just died, naked, in a Ritz hotel room. She believes it’s murder.
I’ve only just started reading. though I can tell you it is not really my thing. But the author is local, the heroine is local, the references are local.
Scrapbooking might be a stretch for a crime solver. I dunno. Joanna is, in real life, a scrapbook artist, has written a few books on it, and has now, successfully, fallen into the novel world, bringing her scrapbooking with her. There are “scrapping” tips at the end of some chapters.
And so Joanna has bridged the world of scrapping and storytelling which should win her quite a following. I will hold on to my autographed copy of her first book (pictured) but may get the next one at the library … if I need some scrapping tips.