Today is the second day of
May--and its first Monday, my InkSpot blogging day.
Last weekend I attended one of
the most fun conferences for cozy mystery authors and fans--Malice Domestic. But a lot of you reading this might already
know that since you were there, too!
I've gone to many Malices for
more than ten years, and the annual conference has moved around the Washington, D.C.,
area. This one was located at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD, as it has been for several years. That hotel could perhaps use some remodeling
or refurbishing--and, lo and behold, I was told by one of the lobby stewards
that when the conference returns next year the lobby, at least, will be different. I don't know about the rest of the hotel,
In any event, it's a great
facility and location for Malice, with lots of places to meet and eat and have
events and panels and a lot of fun.
I got to meet up with some
existing writer and reader friends and make new friends, too. I saw my delightful Midnight Ink editor,
Terri Bischoff, there several times, including joining her and other Inkers for
dinner on Friday night.
My panel was The "Paws"
That Detect: Animal Sidekicks, appropriate, considering all the dogs who appear
in my two Midnight Ink mystery series--the Superstition Mysteries and the
Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries. My
fellow panelists also write animal-related mysteries, so I think we and our
audience had a lot of fun.
I noted that some copies of LOST
UNDER A LADDER, my first Superstition Mystery, were included in the book bags
given to Malice participants. My second
Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, TO CATCH A TREAT, was also available at the
conference even though its official publication date isn't until May 8. I had a great time signing copies at my group
signing after my panel.
In all, it was a very enjoyable
weekend. Will I do it again next
year? Don't be surprised if I do!