Monday, February 9, 2009

Love Is Murder Random Notes from Tom Schreck

Tom Schreck writes the Duffy Dombrowski Mysteries. TKO is his latest

I’m just back from Love Is Murder, my favorite convention.

Here’s some musings:

Jamie Freveletti can kick your ass. Her debut Running with the Devil comes out soon. In real life she’s a very attractive woman who happens to be an Akido expert. She also amuses herself with a knife-throwing hobby. Think those things through before you hit on her.

Ann Voss Peterson’s leopard print spiked pumps are wonderful. She has a funny way of showcasing them.

We shared the hotel with a reenacters convention. I am amazed that people dressed as Roman soldiers, Druids, British flying aces and hand maidens get pissed off when you stare.

Henry Perez, whose debut Killing Red comes out in June, looks every bit as dashing in real life as he does looking over that bridge on his website.

Barb and George Annino are really fun to hang out with. If publishers have any sense she’ll be a big name soon.

Valaney Liontonia and her husband (Joe?) are very cool. I couldn’t believe it when she asked me to demonstrate Duffy’s right hook.

I’m bummed that Ben LeRoy and I never got our Kaiser helmets.

Drinking at a hotel bar next to an overweight general from the War of 1812 gives you pause.

Shane Gericke is a cool guy to talk to.

I found out Bryan Gruley and I are Domers. Add Tasha Aleander in and that makes three of us at one convention. Go Irish! (geez…that feels lame.)

JD “Dusty” Rhoades is a good guy to be on a panel with even if he’s misplaced.

Sharon Doering has a manuscript involving a Bio-Tech garage plot. I have no doubt it will be on shelves all over the country.

Ruth and Jon Jordan, Penny and Dennis Halle, Timm , Christy and Jax are the coolest people I know. I don’t know how I got to be such close friends with them but I am incredibly grateful.

Alison Jannsen’s roller uniform is killer.

Joe Konrath is consistently two things; nuts and incredibly generous.

I am very proud to be in the anthology Missing.

Karen Syed is absolutely wonderful. She gave a very sweet speech and I can’t imagine feeling more welcomed, supported and energized.

Hanley Kanar, Ophelia Julien, Mary Welk, Terri Stone, Susan Gibberman, Marlene Leonardi, Silvia Foti, Luisa Buehler and every one else involved should be very proud…and exhausted.


Keith Raffel said...

Am green with envy. But what's this about no LIM next year?

G.M. Malliet said...

Those were reenactors? Hmm.

Keith - it's true, no LIM next year. Don't know why.

G.M. Malliet said...

Tom - You're absolutely sure they weren't ghosts?

Tom Schreck said...

the fat guy from 1812 didn't smell like a ghost

Amy said...

It was great meeting you at LIM this year and hope we can meet again at another, even if it is two years away!

I actually am a Civil War reenactor with my husband but left the hoops at home for the LIM event...

Tom Schreck said... about worlds colliding!

Amy, it was very nice to meet you and thanks for including me in your project!

Anonymous said...

Love Is Murder was a blast this year. Glad I finally got to meet you, Tom.

LIM is taking a year off to reorganize. The reason why? We've grown from a small-fry con run by a few dedicated people into a major con still run by a few dedicated people. The truth is, we need a few MORE dedicated people in the LIM inner circle, people who are willing to take on some of the work required to keep LIM the wonderful conference it is. One way or another, we'll be back in 2011. Watch for more news on LIM at

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Jamie Freveletti is also an international attorney, the daughter of a prominent actress/singer, and one of the smartest women on the planet. Plus she's the kind of person who befriends you when you are both pre-published (three years ago) and who sticks with you for the rest of the journey.

Can you tell I'm thrilled to be her pal?