LUCY BURDETTE: I always mean to do a better job of documenting the New England Crime Bake mystery conference, but it goes by so fast...I get home and my pictures are skimpy and I'm exhausted! But still, I wanted to mark the occasion with a few moments and high points.
First, I always enjoy the extra time riding up and back to the conference (in Dedham, MA) with my writers group pals, Angelo Pompano and Chris Falcone. We've been reading each others' stuff for at least 15 years. I can't wait to see their wonderful books in print.
|Hallie, Lucy, and Hank|
Next, I love seeing any Jungle Reds who are there--in this case Hank and Hallie, who always contribute so much to the conversations.
|Ray Saleme, Elizabeth George, Hallie Ephron|
|Lucy, Julianne, Lisa|
This was also the date for the launch of the Level Best Books anthology, RED DAWN. (I mentioned a few weeks ago that my new Key West story "Last Mango in Paradise" made it into this edition.) It's a blast to autograph the books in a big line with all the other writers. (Thanks to Susan Oleksiw for the photo.)
|Two Miss Marples and one Poirot with the Queen|
There's too much more to mention like a critique I did whose authors went on to have 5 agents ask to see the book! And a wonderful discussion about the writers' life with Peter Abrahams, Kate Flora, and Gerry Boyle.
If you attended the conference, what was your favorite moment? If you didn't, how about a memory from another writers conference? (And ps, next year's guest of honor will be the fabulous William Kent Krueger--not to be missed!)