Bouchercon highlights

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Another Bouchercon is in the books. For those of you who don’t know, Bouchercon is the premier conference for crime and mystery writers, named after famed editor and author Anthony Boucher.

This year’s con was in New Orleans, where the humidity, the proof of the beverages, and the abundance of fried food all hovered somewhere around 90 percent.

As with most cons, the aftermath (and hangover) leaves ample time for reflection. Here were the highlights, from my end:  Continue reading

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Find me at Bouchercon

Bouchercon is almost here. I’ve got two events on the docket, so if you’re so inclined, this is where you can find me:

Friday, 2 p.m. – LaGalleries 6

DIRTY BOULEVARD – Hard boiled discussion panel w/Susan Alice Bickford, Craig Faustus Buck, Barbara N.S. Nickless, Lisa Turner.

Saturday, 1 p.m. – Book Room

SIGNING – Sponsored by Polis Books and Garden District Book Shop w/ Jason Starr, Bryon Quertermous, J.D. Rhoades, Richard Brewer, Gary Phillips, Steph Post, Terrence McCauley.

Outside those times, look for me at the hotel bar. I’ll also be at the Anthony Awards ceremony, where New Yorked is up for Best First Novel. Make sure to vote early and often.

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SOUTH VILLAGE tour dates

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I know we’re a little early on this, but I don’t want to hear anything about how you made other plans. Here’s where I’ll be for South Village in October. I am very excited to be hitting the road again. If you click over to my events page, you’ll find links to the event pages on Facebook, where you can RSVP. You don’t have to RSVP to attend, but it does help with headcount and reminders and stuff.

If you live in or around any of these places, come on out!

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10 Authors with Tattoos Inspired by Their Own Books

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A few months ago I got a tattoo inspired by my first novel, New Yorked. I know a few other authors who’ve done the same—gotten tattoos to mark the signing of contracts or publication of books.

So I talked to some authors, then found a few more, and put together a photo essay about them.

It’s currently live over at Electric Literature.

Check it out.

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Talking short fiction w/JP

This is pretty cool: The Big Thrill talked to James Patterson—and also me!—about short fiction and the new BookShots program, which I’m going to be a part of.

Are you curious to know what the title of our collaboration is going to be?

Read the story!

Are you curious to know when our collaboration will be coming out? That’s not in the story! Soon I hope though. I’ll let you know when.

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Making a better book with the index card trick

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A few months ago I wrote about a trick I use to write my novel outlines. You can read more about that here, but in short:

I write the outline three times, over the course of a few days.

The first two outlines, I throw away as soon as they’re done. The third is the one I stick with. This works for a couple of reasons: I forget all the bad stuff and remember all the good stuff. And I have time to reflect on the stuff I’m not sure about.

I’ve done it for three books so far and it’s working pretty well.

But that’s not the only trick I use for outlining.  Continue reading

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Bakery bouncers and guns (or the lack thereof)

B01C0SQJWC-200px-1.jpgNext week marks the release of a collection I am very excited to be a part of: Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, edited by Eric Beetner and published by Down & Out Books.

All of the stories in the collection are required to not involve guns, and proceeds from the collection will benefit the nonprofit States United To Prevent Gun Violence.

Some of you might be thinking: “Why are you bringing politics into your writing career? Don’t you know that you’ll alienate part of your audience? You are a crazy person!”

Maybe!

If some people decide they don’t want to buy my books because I contributed a story to this, I’m okay with that. I’d rather have said something that nothing. Continue reading

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