Last weekend, I was the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethseda, Maryland.
It was my third time at Malice and the best one yet. I had a wonderful time seeing old friends, making new ones, and meeting readers. Thank you to everyone who organizes this celebration of the traditional mystery each year.
I have two highlights from the convention. The first was Malice Go Round, speed dating with mystery writers. 200+ fans sit at tables, and mystery authors in teams of two have two minutes to pitch their books to the fans at each table (twenty in all). I discovered I was pretty good at it (years of pitching to agents/editors paid off!), and Rebecca M. Hale was an excellent pitching buddy. The second highlight was the Penguin/NAL dinner. I loved meeting the editors and other authors from the imprint even if I felt little like the kid who was promoted to the adult table at Thanksgiving. It was a wonderfully surreal moment.
As always, Dead Fred kept a photo journal. Enjoy!