Well, I want to offer an alternative to those who are not going to be winging off to Florida, Hawaii, New York, or Indianapolis for conferences this year. iTunes. Interviews with authors of the crime fiction ilk abound there. Just in the past few weeks I have listened to Robert Harris, Daniel Silva, Lisa Scottoline, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Andrew Gross, Jacqueline Winspear, and Steve Berry on B&N's Meet the Writers. I caught Lee Child expounding with Nancy Pearl on Book Lust. Mary Higgins Clark showed up on the NPR Books Podcast on New Year's Eve. Long-time Washington Post Editor Leonard Downie discussed his new thriller on his alma mater's book podcast. Rochelle Krich gave up some of her writing secrets on XM Radio's Writers on Writing as did Robert Crais, George Pelecanos, Brad Meltzer, Alan Furst, Anne Perry, and Janet Evanovich. A treasure trove!
You can listen to these fabulous scribes on your PC, iPod, or cellphone anytime, anywhere. If you've got iTunes already, you are set. Just do a search by authors' name or on "Meet the Writers," "Book Lust," "NBR Books," "Washington Post Book World," or "Writers on Writin" in the iTunes Store. If you don't have iTunes, click here and download it to your PC or Mac. Then search as above. You can set up your own virtual writers' conference with a not-too-shabby cast.
Oh, yeah. You weren't going to see these folks at a conference because of the economy. What about paying for all these podcast downloads? Good news. They are FREE! Off you go on your no-cost 2009 lousy economy magical mystery tour.