This weekend I am lucky enough to be attending the first Hamptonswhodunit.com festival in New York. This is my first mystery convention ever and it is so much fun.
I attended three panels yesterday. One was with Nita Prose, Greer Hendricks and AJ Finn discussing going from being editors to becoming authors. I learned a lot about the anxieties of first books, cover art and their second, forthcoming new novels. All agreed that writing a second novel , after a first success is challenging. This discussion was led by Carol Fitzgerald of the Bookreporter.
Next was a panel on women writers and their bonds moderated by Alafair Burke. The authors were Kellye Garrett, Alison Gaylin and Megan Abbott. They take on tough and current topics in their works. All are glad that women thriller writers now command more respect.
Third was AJ Finn interviewing Anthony Horowitz who is an incredibly engaging speaker. We heard about everything from Foyle’s War to the recently televised Magpie Murders. He talked about how much books have meant to him ever since his unhappy time at boarding school. All of his series were discussed and he, like all the others, did book signings.
I got to chat with Carol Fitzgerald about reviewing books and her work. It was a pleasure to meet her.
Let me know if you want to hear about today.
Definitely worth coming to this event!