Saturday, June 7, 2014

Live from Bloody Words

Well, it is a beautiful Saturday morning in Toronto at the Bloody Words mystery conference being held at the Hyatt Regency on the edge of the theatre district.  A fatiguing but most enjoyable time meeting other authors from across the country and lots of mystery readers and librarians. 

I started out Thursday evening at the Arthur Ellis awards dinner in the old Arts and Letters Club, which reminded me of the Rideau Curling Club although grander, where I did not win first place for my novella, but I did have a live cricket jump out of my salad onto the table. Everyone felt this was a sign of good luck to come, which it proved to be as the bartender (who chased down the cricket and released it into the wild) gave me a free drink. It made losing the award easier to bear at any rate.

Friday, I took in not one but two cocktail receptions before taking to the catwalk with other authors - we had big posters of our book covers made and wore them much like models up and down this catwalk to the delight of a packed room. Very funny. I have pictures that I will share next week as I have to upload from my camera.

Today, up bright and early for a nine am panel with Mary Jane Maffini, Lou Allin, Kate Jaimet and Caro Soles. We spoke about writing different series and for different audiences - again, a most amusing hour with much laughter. I then sat in on the Michael Jecks interview. He is the international guest of honour from England and writes medieval mysteries. Great sense of humour and now I'm going to have to read one of his books, which I luckily got in my book bag as a gift. Here he is being interviewed by Cheryl Freedman, grand organizer of the conference, which is in its last year, sadly.

The theme of this blog seems to be how many laughs I've been having, and the day is young yet. I am next off to lunch with an Orca editor and some other authors, then back to take in a few more panels to be followed by another cocktail hour and banquet. Life could be rougher :-)