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"Good Morning, America! How Are You?"

As this first author newsletter of mine arrives in your inbox, I'm prepping for a big trip to New Orleans, though not on the train from the iconic song. (You recognized the lyrics above, didn't you?)

Bouchercon is one of the highlights of my year every year, and this week's event promises to be special and memorable—first and foremost for the opportunity to get together in one of the world's great cities with mystery fans from across the country and around the globe: fellow writers, readers, so many friends!

I'm also grateful to have my own work honored in several ways: On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories is a finalist for both the Macavity and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and a collection I edited, Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015—representing 21 terrific crime writers—is a finalist for the Anthony for Best Anthology or Collection. Keeping my fingers crossed on all counts between now and then! ( excuse any typos you might catch here.)

In addition to my excitement about the conference, this is also my first trip to New Orleans, and while the Bouchercon programming promises plenty of busyness, I'm looking forward to ducking out and experiencing a little of the city—and particularly the city's distinguished cocktails: Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz, Pimm's Cup, Vieux Carre, French 75... I'm not sure when I'm going to fit all those in, but cheers now to ambition and optimism!

In the meantime, here's a schedule of the programs I'm officially attending, though plenty more events I'll be popping by throughout the weekend.
  • Opening Ceremonies, with Macavity Awards Presentation • Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.
  • “Me and My Friends,” panel on writing groups, with Donna Andrews, Ellen Crosby, John Gilstrap, and Alan Orloff, moderated by Eleanor Cawood Jones • Friday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.
  • Anthony Awards Presentation • Friday, September 16, 8 p.m.
  • Sisters in Crime Breakfast • Saturday, September 17, 7:30 a.m.
  • “Step in Time,” panel on pacing (as moderator), with Sara BlaedelSuzanne Chazin, Elizabeth Heiter, Reece Hirsch, and Cate Holahan • Saturday, September 17, 4:30 p.m.
Again, looking forward to seeing many friends at Bouchercon and making many more new ones—and hope others who aren't making it to New Orleans will enjoy some of the news and updates below. If I'm missing you in person, please do stay in touch on social media or by reaching out directly through one of the links just below.

On My Nightstand

Here are some recommended stories, novels, and more from my own recent reading.
Just out: EQMM's 75th anniversary issue! I've already enjoyed David Dean's "The Long Wake" and Margaret Maron's "The Pact" and essays by Marvin Lachman and Jeffrey Marks.
War and Peace—a chapter a day, 365 chapters. Still on track to keep my big 2016 New Year's resolution!
I'm rereading Elizabeth Hand's Generation Loss for class and struck again by this now-classic noir's unrelenting intensity.
Aimee Bender's story "The Case of the Salt and Pepper Shakers" is simply brilliant—recommended to me by a student, and I'm glad to pass along that recommendation.
Congratulations to Kristin Kisska, chosen by random drawing as winner of my first newsletter giveaway: three volumes from the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes anthology series, including This Job Is Murder, Homicidal Holidays, and the recently released collection Storm Warning, featuring my story "Parallel Play."

Kris is a fine writer in her own right. Her story "The Sevens" was a standout historical mystery in Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015; she has another story in Virginia Is For Mysteries II; and she's working  on a novel too! Stay tuned for great things from her.

Thanks to everyone who subscribed to this newsletter. Check out the bottom of the page for another giveaway—and a contest this time!

Fall 2016: Events Beyond Bouchercon


Sunday-Friday, September 25-30: Fall for the Book, Fairfax, VA

Saturday, October 8, 2016

  • “Everyone Talks About the Weather,” program with contributors to Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke, VA • 2 p.m. (Books for sale by Scrawl Books)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Craft Talk: “Creating Multi-Dimensional Characters,” The Writer’s Center’s Leesburg First Friday, Leesburg Town Hall, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA • 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I'm hoping to do this newsletter on a quarterly basis, so look forward to more updates and maybe a bigger mix of features sometime in early December.

In that next newsletter, I'll announce the recipient of another giveaway—this time for the following bundle of titles (titles which also give a hint at some of my news for  that next issue):
  • Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2016, featuring my story "The Great Detective Reflects"
  • The Digest Enthusiast, Issue 4, including an interview with me about my work for EQMM
  • Best American Mystery Stories 2016, edited by Elizabeth George and Otto Penzler and featuring "Rearview Mirror," the first story in On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, as well as stories by Steve Almond, Megan Abbott, Matt Bell, Bruce Coffin, Tom Franklin, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Robert Lopresti, and more.

How do you win this batch of books? You must be a subscriber to the newsletter (subscribe here if you haven't already!) and then sent me a quick email at with the answer to this trivia question:

Which frequent contributor to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine won Edgar Awards for the short stories "The House Party" and "The Blessington Method"? (The author won a third for a novel as well.)

Deadline is Wednesday, November 23, and reminders will be announced on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Best of luck to all!

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