Saturday, February 7, 2015

Authors and Readers





 
 By Lizzie Turner from 
the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries by Erika Chase





I’ve been thinking about the mystery writing community this morning, while my author has been thinking about upcoming tours and conferences. She should really be thinking about her new book! Anyway, back to my musings.

If you’ve read Book Fair and Foul, you’ll remember we had the pleasure of entertaining some very high maintenance mystery authors at our first annual mystery fair. While it was a real pleasure to meet them, and I’ll stack our own Teensy Coldicutt up against any one of them any day, you may remember some were a bit on the eccentric side, uh, had preferences, well really, just wanted special attention all the time.

Now, I’m worried that gives the impression that’s what all mystery authors are like. Not so!  They really are a very generous and supportive group of people. You can see for yourself, anytime Erika posts something about the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries on Facebook, the others are happily sharing the news.  And I hear that they really have a great time when they get together at conferences, although I’m there under a different guise. Really, a character isn’t able to mingle like a gal wants to!

And talk about creative! Just look at the books written by all these Killer Characters. If that’s not enough to send a true blue reader into spasms of joy, what is! 

I think that what makes this genre strong is this mutual support and friendship but what keeps it going are the readers.  And I know that’s who Erika is hoping to meet when she’s on tour in Raleigh, NC Feb. 19-23, and at the upcoming mystery conferences.

Do you have a mystery conference inked in on your calendar?





BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, the 4th in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries 
is now available!

 Also available are COVER STORY, READ AND BURIED and, A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery)   
  Look for book #5, LAW AND AUTHOR in Sept. 2015

Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
Love to hear from you on my Facebook author page and
onTwitter  @erika_chase. 








13 comments:

  1. My author would love to go to more mystery conferences (I'd come along...)

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  2. Oh, I think I would absolutely swoon if I was able to be at a mystery conference! I am so amazed by what the writers do!

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    1. You'd really love Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Elaine.. Hope you can make it there sometime.

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    2. Is it always in Bethesda? What's it like? I see that there are an awful lot of wonderful authors signed up

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    3. It's always in Bethesda, although it did spend a few years in D.C. It's a real friendly conference -- very interesting panels, lots of signings, wonderful dealer room, great hotel and the best part, everyone is approachable and enjoys meeting new friends. I highly recommend it.

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    4. It is, although it did reside in D.C. for a few years. It's a very friendly conference with interesting panels, lots of signings, big dealer room, very nice hotel, and lots of chances to schmooze and get to meet new people. You really should try it sometime.

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    5. Sounds fun! I am always green with envy when I see some of the posts from people that have been to some of these things. Maybe someday...

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  3. I agree with Lizzie. When I went to Malice Domestic all of the authors were friendly, personable and down to earth. I can't wait to go again.

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  4. Nothing on the calendar so far this year because of distance and schedule conflicts, but after going to Bouchercon 2014 I am hooked! Meeting and talking with the authors was so much fun. But so is connecting on blogs so I guess I'll have to settle for that for now.

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    1. Hopefully you can try Malice Domestic some day!

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  5. I hope to be able to attend Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans. I will be my first time to attend a mystery book conference, convention or anything. I can't wait.

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    1. That's a great setting for a conference. You also should try Malice Domestic some day, smaller and very friendly.

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