It's been a busy couple of days with clients in town for ThrillerFest.
1. Sitting very very quietly at the lunch table when some very accomplished writers started talking about whether the twist in the story comes first, or after the writing has commenced. And talking about how they organize their writing and plotting. This is fascinating stuff to me, and I always learn a thing or ten.
2. Looking up to see Andrew Grant walk by! He'd flown in very unexpectedly and of course, we found each other in the bar!
3. Having Dana Kaye, the most amazing publicist in the world, run down a few tips on effective Facebook and Twitter postings. I always learn a lot from her and this was no exception.
4. Meeting Lori Rader-Day, author of THE DARK HOUR. You'll be hearing more about her from me.
5. Getting blog reader J.D. Horn's new book!
6. Having an entire conversation with Lee Child via semaphore across the bar!
7. Discovering that Fabulous Terry Shames really IS one of the nicest people on the planet.
8. The opportunity to visit with writer Jill Abbott. I met Jill some years back, and actually blogged about it:
That story is in Queens Noir by the way.
Write what you don't know. I recently attended a panel sponsored by the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and it was interesting to me that five of the six authors had created a protagonist in their own image. That's all well and good, but I'm much more interested in the people I don't see every day. The one author who mentioned her protagonist was a Pakistani terrorist was the author I went out and bought the next day.
9. The bookroom! Always a place that sucks dollars out of my wallet and this year is no exception.
So far I've bought: The Darkest Hour by Lori Rader-Day; Strange Gods by Annamaria Alfieri; Tales of the Witch by Angela Zeman; and, The Line by J.D. Horn. And I'm not done yet!
10. And my favorite thing of all was losing my phone! I realized I'd left it someplace when I sat down to a meeting in the bar and needed to check the time. About five minutes later publicist Dana Kaye joined me and said "you left your phone in the book room." Whew! But wait, how do you know?
Well, the bookroom people found it, and called the last number I'd dialed. Fortunately it was not anything lurid. It was someone who knew me: Fabulous Patrick Lee! Yes, he admitted he knew me, and yes he'd tell me. But of course, he saw Dana first and mentioned it to her. She saw me first.
At the end of the meeting, clients Dana Haynes and Katy King sprinted to the book room to fetch the phone for me, as I had another meeting.
One phone: the connectivity of the Fabulosity on display.
I love my job!