As those of you who follow the blog know, I am heading to Left Coast Crime in Monterey, California in late March. As an author, you attend these conventions to introduce readers to your work and to make connections in the book industry, including making friendships with other authors. The conventions have a series of activities going on throughout a three- or four-day span. Author panels are a staple of each day. I've received my assignment - two panels, both filled with fabulous authors:
THURSDAY 2:30 - 3:15
Bobbies vs. Mounties: A California Cop Mediates Brit & Canadian Police Procedural Writers
Kathy Bennett (Moderator)
FRIDAY 4:00 - 4:45
What’s Cooking North of the Border? Canadian Mystery Writers
Jane Petersen Burfield (Moderator)
These are going to be great fun. Louise Penny is the International Guest of Honour so I'm quite honoured to be on a panel with her.
I'll be arriving two days early and am booked into the Big Sur tour up the coastline. I've never been to California and am really excited to see this section of the country. I'll be spending an extra day in San Francisco before flying home . . . I'll be sure to blog along the way.
And my writing pace has picked up on the latest manuscript. Having a June deadline is giving me new energy. I'll make the 40,000 word count this weekend and then will be sliding into the second half of the book. I feel like an Olympian on a marathon run. A marathon run that is taking a full year.
Good weekend everyone.