Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Last Thursday through Sunday I attended the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, held this year in Cleveland, Ohio. For those of you unfamiliar with Bouchercon, it’s a huge gathering of the mystery and crime fiction community, bringing together writers, industry professions, and fans. The annual event was named for mystery author, science-fiction editor, and San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Anthony Boucher who died in 1968.
Opening ceremonies were held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The courtyard is filled with giant fiberglass electric guitars that have been painted by various artists. 

Here’s fellow Midnight Ink author Alice Loweecey wearing her steampunk hat and standing next to a steampunk inspired guitar.
On Friday morning I was on the Those Crafty Sleuths panel with fellow crafting mystery authors Mollie Cox Bryan, Joanna Campbell Slan, Penny Warner, and Kylie Logan. 
A signing followed in the book room.
Later that afternoon and again on Saturday afternoon I hosted a crafting session where attendees could make fabric yo-yo greeting cards. Yo-yo crafts are the featured craft in Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, the next Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery which will be out in January. And no, I’m not talking the plastic Duncan variety of yo-yo. Check out Anastasia’s Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog next Monday to learn how to make the craft like the Bouchercon attendee pictured here.
Friday many of the Midnight Ink authors got together for lunch. 
Bouchercon is also a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Here I am with fellow Midnight Ink authors Alan Orloff and Alice Loweecey and our editor Terri Bischoff.
And here Alice and I are with fellow Midnight Ink author Jessie Chandler.
The fans are the best part of Bouchercon, though, and this year Alice and I had our very own Fan Girl, Liz Cox.

Next year Bouchercon will be held in Albany, NY, and we’re already making plans to attend.

Award-winning author Lois Winston writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series featuring magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, a January 2011 release, is the first book in the series and received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Kirkus Reviews dubbed it, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum” Death By Killer Mop Doll was released this past January. Revenge of the Crafty Corpse will be a January 2013 release.

Lois is also published in romance, romantic suspense, and chick lit books as Emma Carlyle. Now through the end of October, she's donating $500 to breast cancer research for every 1,000 Emma Carlyle books sold. Visit Lois at , visit Emma at, and visit Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers character blog,


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

My last Bouchercon was San Francisco--it is always an amazing event. Loved all your pictures.

Sheila Webster Boneham said...

Aww, rats, did you have to show all the fun I missed? (cough hack) I hope you guys used my share. Next year!

Jessie said...

Fantastic blog, Lois!!! I'm just sorry I didn't have a chance to say goodbye!!!!

Shannon Baker said...

You all look so happy!

Lois Winston said...

Marilyn, SF would have been my first B'con, but my son chose that weekend to get married. Wouldn't have looked too cool if the mother of the groom had skipped the wedding!

Sheila, it wasn't the same without you. I was so looking forward to hanging out with you. Hope you're feeling better.

Thanks, Jessie. At least we had a chance to party the night before.

Shannon, we all had a blast. You'll have to join us next year. Or instead of waiting a year, come to Malice in the spring.

Beth Groundwater said...

Great photos, Lois! I, too, met bubbly Liz Cox and volunteered with her to hand out raffle auction winnings Saturday evening. And, I got one of those very cool Crime Scene scarves as a result. What a fun conference, and what fun hanging out with my fellow Midnight Ink authors!

Kathleen Ernst said...

Sounds like a great time - I hated having to miss!

Lois Winston said...

Volunteer bling is always so cool, Beth. I can just see you sporting that scarf around Colorado.

Kathleen, you really should plan to join us next year. You'll have a blast.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the report and pix since I didn't get to go.

Kathy Bennett said...

Thanks for a great post, Lois. I haven't been to Bouchercon yet, but I'm making plans to go next year. It looks like a great time!

Lois Winston said...

Nancy and Kathy, you both really should come next year. There's nothing like it.

Diane Schultz said...

Sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you at B'con. It was a busy venue and beautiful architecture. Next three sites: Albany NY, somewhere in CALI, and Raleigh NC...maybe one of those? Or another con somewhere else. Your panel was fabulously fun!

Lois Winston said...

Sorry I missed you, Diane. I'm glad you enjoyed the panel. We should definitely make a point of finding each other at Albany!

Shelley said...

I meant to go this year, but stuff happened.d. Seems like I'm either not doing a thing or triple booked for the same weekend. I'm putting it on my calendar right now. You had way too much fun for me to miss another year.

Lois Winston said...

Hey, Shelley, we can carpool! Road trip!!!!