Here I am completely outnumbered at the Mystery Writers of America panel at the Southern Festival of Books this past weekend. It was a lively, fun panel with Sallie Bisell , J.T. Ellison, Stacy Allen, and me, along with a great capacity crowd!
I think the crowds may have been a little down this year due to the incredible downpour (two days later and it’s still raining like crazy here), but it was still a wonderful weekend. If you’ve never made it to the SFB in October, you really should. Mark it down in your calendar for October, 2015.
Despite the downpour, we had a great panel today at the 2014 Southern Festival of Books. Nashville native/L.A. transplant Don Winston, Texan Ron Davis, and I did a panel called “Bringing Down The Devil: Three Thrillers. We had a near capacity crowd, a lively dialogue that made the ninety minutes go by like five, and lots of good Q&A.
This whole bizarre story about the death of Robert Hansen, the Alaskan serial killer, just keeps getting stranger and stranger. My collaborator on RESURRECTION BAY and the guy who came up with the story to begin with, Wayne McDaniel, sent me this the other day:
Dennis Ferrier, one of the lead reporters of our local NBC affiliate, WSMV-TV, came to my home office and interviewed me on September 1st about the death of Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen. This whole creepy coincidence–where Robert Hansen died in a hospital prison ward the same day Wayne McDaniel and I met for the first time–is continuing to resonate with readers all over.
Yesterday, I was interviewed by a Kim Vangkilde, a reporter from the Danish newspaper Ekstra Badet. It seems Hansen is of Danish descent, and readers there are fascinated by this whole weird story…
If you’d like to see the interview with Dennis, you can find it at:
Or, I’ve got your minimum daily adult requirement of weirdness right here…
Three years ago, as I’ve written in this blog before, Wayne McDaniel and I formed a partnership to write the novel Resurrection Bay. We’ve been completely upfront about the fact that the novel is based on and inspired by the life and crimes of Robert Hansen, Alaska’s most famous serial killer. Hansen confessed to killing 17 women and raping at least 30 over a 12-year-period.
During the three years that Wayne and I worked on Resurrection Bay, we worked entirely by email and phone. We never met each other, never Skyped.
Didn’t even know what each other looked like…
Finally, last Thursday, August 22nd, Wayne and I finally got to meet face-to-face when he came to Nashville for the KillerNashvillle mystery conference.
A few weeks ago, I was asked to write a blog post for the Killer Nashville and I chose to write about my experiences collaborating with Wayne McDaniel on Resurrection Bay. I had a lot of fun with it and I’m especially grateful for Clay Stafford’s kind words about my work. I’m a fan of his, too…
To check out the blog post, go to the Killer Nashville blog:
The local Sisters-in-Crime chapter invited me to talk about RESURRECTION BAY at their monthly meeting last week, which was held at Bookman/Bookwoman, one of the best bookstores in Nashville. My thanks to a wonderful author and friend, Jaden Terrell, for the invite. It turned into a great event and I got the chance to catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile, including my old pal, Dewey Lambdin, author of the Alan Lewrie novels.
Last Saturday, July 12th, Humanities Tennessee held its first-ever Release Party at the Brentwood Public Library. During the event, they presented a slide show of the upcoming list of attending authors. I was thrilled when this came up, and I thank my wife, Shalynn, for snapping this pic…
I’ve been a little busy lately on some time-consuming projects, so haven’t had a chance to send any updates or posts to the blog… But the signing at Barnes & Noble in Cool Springs went really well. A great evening, and my thanks to Robbie Bryan at B&N for making it happen!
My wife, Shalynn, snapped a fun picture at the event. Here it is: